The programme is built for aspiring tertiary centre intensive care medicine subspecialists, with explicitly individualised training focused on your areas of interest and personal development goals.
About the Clinical Medicine Programme
The Clinical Medicine Programme has been developed by Cambridge University Health Partners, the Academic Health Sciences Centre, and the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education.
It comprises the following elements:
Master of Studies (MSt) in Clinical Medicine
A part-time Master's degree, credentialed by the University of Cambridge, which provides clinical and academic training in subspecialty Intensive Care Medicine.
Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Medicine
A part-time, modular Postgraduate Certificate course, credentialed by the University of Cambridge, which provides training in clinical education, clinical leadership, and clinical research.
A vocational, non-award bearing Helmsmanship (Healthcare Education, Leadership and Management) course delivered by Cambridge University Health Partners and the Judge Business School, which aims to develop the non-clinical skills required for consultant appointments.
Clinical Fellow Rotation
The programme includes a two-year rotation between the three adult intensive care units in Cambridge.
- John V Farman Intensive Care Unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital
- Neurosciences and Trauma Critical Care Unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital
- Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit at Papworth Hospital
Each of these busy, state-of-the-art units has its own subspecialist interests, and between them they cover the full range of subspecialty adult intensive care. All three units have significant and unique research interests, and are affiliated with the University of Cambridge.
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Aims of the programme
- Create an international cohort of consultants able to pursue and develop their roles in a rapidly-changing and challenging environment of clinical medicine
- Develop the confidence within these consultants to lead service improvement for safe and high quality patient care, with the required knowledge, skills and capability to have a positive personal impact on the work of others in their clinical team and wider service
- Develop consultants with an understanding of teaching, professional development and assessment in the field of clinical medicine
- Develop consultants with an understanding of research methodologies and ethical considerations relevant to clinical medicine
- Encourage participants to develop as reflective practitioners with the emotional intelligence, resilience and astuteness required to be effective clinical leaders
- Encourage a commitment to intellectual challenge and evidence-based clinical practice informed by the latest conceptual and theoretical knowledge of medical education, research methods, ethics and clinical leadership and governance
Teaching and learning
It is expected that students will be admitted for the MSt degree from the outset and study part-time over two years. You will complete the Postgraduate Certificate modules in year one and the intensive care taught modules in years one and two, with a clinical research project and associated dissertation in year two.
Students will also study the Helmsmanship programme in parallel with the MSt.
Year 1: Postgraduate Certificate modules
Module 1: Clinical Research
Teaching dates: 11 – 14 September 2017; 27 November 2017
Module 2: Clinical Education
Teaching dates: 22 – 25 January 2018; 8 February 2018
Module 3: Clinical Leadership
Teaching dates: 23 – 26 April 2018; 7 June 2018
Years 1 and 2: Intensive care modules
Module 1: Sub-specialty Intensive Care Medicine
Module 2: Intensive Care Medicine at Cambridge
Module 3: Research in Intensive Care Medicine
Dates to be confirmed.
Students are assessed throughout the taught modules of the programme using a variety of techniques and interrelated strategies including evidence of regular reflection. Demonstration of active participation in the programme will be required. There may also be a requirement for the students to take part in peer review of other students.
Applications are invited from Specialty Registrars (ST6 or above) or equivalent, and newly appointed consultants.
Successful applicants will work as senior clinical fellows in the Cambridge intensive care units for the duration of their studies. If you are not currently employed by CUH or Papworth Hospitals, you should apply for a Senior Clinical Fellow post in intensive care medicine. Posts will be reserved for successful MSt applicants and further information will be available soon.
Applicants to the programme are normally expected to a hold a 2.i degree or higher from a UK university or an equivalent from an overseas university. There is provision to accept applicants who do not satisfy the standard academic criterion. Such applicants must produce evidence of relevant and equivalent experience and their suitability for the course.
All applicants to the programme are required to demonstrate competency in English at a high level before commencing the programme (IELTS Academic test scores of: overall band score of 7.5, with not less than 7.0 in speaking, listening, writing and reading). The language requirements will be reviewed in light of changes to the General Medical Council’s English language requirements.
You will be required to provide supporting documents as part of your application - please see below under How to apply.
Fees and funding
The MSt fee for 2017 will be £5,924 per annum for Home/EU students and £9,660 per annum for Overseas students. This includes both the tuition and college membership fees.
In addition, students will be required to pay a Helmsmanship fee of £6,800 for Home/EU student and £10,775 for Overseas students.
The full fee for the 2 year programme will be £18,648 for Home/EU and £30,095 for Overseas students. Candidates may choose to pay fees via a salary sacrifice scheme.
Students will be expected to cover the application fee (£50 online) and any costs of travel, accommodation and subsistence incurred during teaching sessions in Cambridge.
You may be interested to know that from 2016/17, Student Finance England (SFE) is introducing a postgraduate loans scheme for full-time and part-time Master’s courses. Information on eligibility, the amount of the loan and the level of repayment can be found in SFE’s The Student Room. Please note that SFE is planning to take applications via its main Student Finance website, from summer 2016.
How to apply
Applications will be accepted online from 14 September 2016 until 31 March 2017.
Read the MSt Application Guide to find out more about the application process and what you need to do and consider as a potential applicant. See below for details of the supporting documents you will need to provide when applying for this course.
Apply online when you are ready to start the application process.
Applicants wishing to undertake the Master's and Helmsmanship courses will need to apply to make 2 separate applications. Details of how to apply for the Clinical Fellow posts will be available soon.
It is possible to apply for the Clinical Fellow posts and not apply for the Master’s and simply undertake a two year rotation, or to undertake the one-year University of Cambridge Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Medicine. Please identify your preferred option when you apply.
Find out more
If you have any academic questions, please contact Dr Ronan O’Leary: firstname.lastname@example.org
For all other enquiries, please contact the Academic Programme Manager, Sue Brignell: email@example.com or +44 (0)1223 760862.