Paediatrics is a post-graduate discipline, so if you are interested in becoming a Paediatrician you will first need to study Medicine. During your course, you will have plenty of opportunities to get involved with Paediatrics. This includes both formal placements in the hospital and community, as well as student-led activities such as the Shadowing Scheme, Project Play and many others. For more information about these, please visit the PaedSoc website. Towards the end of your medicine degree you can also opt to take selected components undertaking research with the Department.
Medicine at the University of Cambridge is read in the small and friendly Clinical School. There is a lot of information available on the experience of studying at Cambridge. To find out more you can follow the links below:
- Cambridge University Undergraduate Admissions
- School of Clinical Medicine information for Undergraduates
- Medicine at Cambridge
Before applying to study Medicine, you may find it useful to gain some work experience to find out if the course is truly for you. This can be done in any medical specialty, including paediatrics. The Cambridge University Paediatric Society has put together some suggestions on how to get paediatric work experience, as well as more experience in working with children in general.
The Cambridge Student pages contain a lot of helpful advice for current students, for example information on your first week in Cambridge, skill development, wellbeing, and life outside the University.
Teaching is managed via the Clinical School’s Virtual Learning Environment, named MedEd, for medical students. Please login with your Raven account to use this service. MedEd contains a range of learning resources and information on the organisation of the course.
Undergraduate Teaching – Clinical Paediatrics
The highly popular paediatric training occurs during the clinical years of the course.
Each block of 25-30 medical students attends an initial introductory 2-day course of instruction at the Addenbrooke’s Hospital campus. This comprises a series of interactive lectures and small-group sessions, including clinical method, developmental assessment, and basic life support of children, infants and newborn.
Students also have sessions on history taking and clinical examination of infants and children before starting their clinical paediatric placement at one of nine District General Hospitals throughout East Anglia and North London. These placements last 6 weeks with students divided into groups of three or four at each hospital and nine at Addenbrooke’s.
An Undergraduate Specialty Tutor (a consultant paediatrician) co-ordinates teaching in the local hospital in conjunction with paediatric colleagues. Instruction in Community Paediatrics also takes place at this time, including experience of child surveillance and children with special needs.
Assessment at the end of the paediatric attachment comprises :
- Grading of attendance, enthusiasm and ability by the Undergraduate Specialty Tutor
- Performance at a “long” clinical case presentation, observed by two examiners
- Submission of a written case commentary and ethics case, marked independently by two separate examiners
- On-line MCQ and slide test
Departmental academic staff review all the examination marks, and an overall grade is awarded to each student. Prizes are available for students who have excelled in the course.
At the end of their medical training programme, students sit their ‘Finals’ where they are examined in paediatrics, as well as adult medicine, surgery and psychiatry.
Please note that the above information is subject to change and thus should only be used as guidance. For more information, please contact our Undergraduate Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org
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As part of the medical course, you will have an opportunity to undertake further study on the MB/PhD programme. This is aimed at students that wish to experience both the clinical and the academic sides of medicine. You can choose whichever field you wish, including Paediatrics! If you would like to find out more, please visit the School of Clinical Medicine pages on the programme.