In 2018 St. Andrews and Dundee Universities launched the Scotgem medical degree and created an excellent programme of community placements for medical students. FVA supported them to find community placements across the third sector in Fife - organisations of different sizes, from different parts of Fife that work with a range of client groups.
We had excellent feedback from both host organisations and medical students and the assignments demonstrated an understanding of the very real value of the sector in supporting communities and contributing to health. They are now looking to welcome the next cohort of students in September 2019.
The degree programme will prepare doctors of the future to develop a realistic understanding of medicine as part of a community and to be able to interact with the wider environment. Their learning is greatly enhanced through gaining a wider community perspective over their four year degree. (https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/subjects/medicine/scotgem-mbchb/ for further details)
One essential element of their learning in Year 1 is an individual project requiring around 20 hours in a voluntary sector placement between October and December (2019). This is a new and unique degree programme and an excellent opportunity for the sector to be an active participant in shaping our future doctors.
What is expected of you?
Provide a learning opportunity for a minimum of 20 hours over 6-10 weeks
Ensure the student has practical tasks and the opportunity to engage with your clients
Provide the student the opportunity to work as part of a team effort
Provide feedback on the students learning and contribution to your organisation
Are you able to host a medical student? If so, contact Meg Wright on [email protected]