The Friarage Hospital in Northallerton has welcomed its second cohort of medical students from Hull York Medical School.
Following its success as a pilot last year, the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) developed by Hull York Medical School will see eight students working alongside doctors and healthcare professionals over the next year and delivering care to patients within a community setting, as well as at the hospital.
The fourth-year medical students undertaking the LIC are based in Northallerton and will be placed in Hambleton and Richmondshire general practices. The students will also spend time in the Friarage Hospital as well as spending an acute week at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.
The placement provides medical students with the opportunity to build on the knowledge they have learnt so far in their academic programme and further develop their clinical decision making and communication skills.
Alice Norman, 24, of York, is one of the students starting the year-long placement.
She said: “We had a taster of a longitudinal patient case in second year and I really enjoyed it so the idea of doing it full time was really appealing.
“I am excited to be in one place for the full year, being able to get properly involved and be part of the team, both in the hospital and at the general practice.
“I am also looking forward to being able to follow patients on their healthcare journey. Hopefully we will be able to see a patient in a GP surgery and then come along to their hospital appointment with them and understand their full journey. ”
Wendy Buch, medical education coordinator at the Friarage Hospital, said the team were delighted to welcome the second group of Hull York Medical School students.
She added: “Last year we had six students and this year we have eight, we are thrilled that the numbers have grown.
“The LIC is a fantastic opportunity because it gives the students the chance to be constantly learning and consolidating that knowledge throughout the year.
“Having experience in both primary and secondary care will hopefully help the students with their choice of career in the future and some may choose to stay in our area.
“The feedback from the students last year was extremely positive – they felt they had learned a lot and enjoyed the placements’ hands-on approach.”
Dr Judith Matthews, associate director of primary care education at Hull York Medical School, said: “We pride ourselves on providing early patient contact from the beginning of the course and believe that students’ placement in a clinical environment for an extended period of time will not only enhance their learning but also help build their confidence as clinicians.
“We launched the LIC as a pilot last year and as a result of our strong partnership with South Tees Trust and local GPs, are delighted that our second cohort of LIC students are commencing their placement at the Friarage Hospital.”