Lancaster Medical School

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Lancaster Medical School
Type Medical school
Dean Professor Anne Garden
Students 275
Location Lancaster, Lancashire, UK
Affiliations Lancaster University

Lancaster Medical School (LMS) is the smallest undergraduate public medical school in the UK. It is located in Lancaster, Lancashire in North West England and is part of the Faculty of Health and Medicine at Lancaster University. It is currently the UK's newest public medical school, with its first graduates, a cohort of 31, graduating in 2011.[1] The current head of the medical school is Professor Anne Garden MBE.[2]

From 2006 to 2013 LMS delivered the University of Liverpool School of Medicine MBChB degree curriculum to 50 undergraduate students a year. In November 2012, the General Medical Council approved LMS's request to begin delivering its own medical degree independently from the University of Liverpool. Students beginning their studies from September 2013 will be registered as Lancaster University students and will therefore graduate with a Lancaster University degree.[3] The five year MBChB degree is taught using a problem-based learning (PBL) curriculum. Whilst the University of Liverpool School of Medicine discontinued PBL as the mainstay of its curriculum, starting with the 2014 student intake,[4] LMS has retained and updated its PBL curriculum in the run up to its independence.[5] The number of places for UK and EU applicants following independence remained at 50 per year, but 4 additional places were added for international students from September 2014 onwards.[6]

Clinical placements for students in years 2 to 5 are arranged by the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust.[7] As well as the time spent in hospitals (mainly the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and Furness General Hospital in Barrow-in-Furness), students spend around a third of their clinical contact time in the community. Primary care placements are based in general practices across the Cumbria and North Lancashire region, with the North Lancashire Primary Care Trust and the Lancashire Care NHS Trust providing mental health placements.[8]


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