Aston Medical School
|Dean||Professor Asif Ahmed[circular reference]|
Aston Medical School (AMS) is a school within Aston University, located in Birmingham city centre, UK. It is the 34th medical school in the UK and 6th in the Midlands. The Dean of Aston Medical School is Professor Asif Ahmed.
Course and admission
From September 2015 Aston Medical School took PhD students into Aston Medical Research Institute (AMRI). In September 2016, Aston Medical School started a taught MSc course in Surgery for Specialist Registrars and which coincided with Aston’s 50th Anniversary. The first undergraduate MBChB students commenced studies in September 2018, following approval of its programme by the General Medical Council.
Aston Medical School will offer various research options for postgraduate students alongside the taught degree in Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) which is combined with a "mini-MBA".
The school was originally established on a private model, in which overseas students would subsidize 20 places for students from disadvantaged backgrounds in Birmingham and the Black Country. However the programme will become predominantly government-funded following the award of 100 places in 2018, some of 1,500 new places awarded in England. 20 of these places were awarded to commence in its first year, 2018, the remaining 80 to commence in 2019. The commitment to support students from less advantaged backgrounds persists.
Aston Medical Research Institute (AMRI) is the Translational Medicine arm of Aston University and brings together all five schools with a distinct focus: to rapidly develop new and affordable medical therapies and diagnostics for global use with relative ease. In the first instance, AMS researchers are focused on two complementary areas of Cardiology and Pregnancy Complications. A number of Early Career Researchers from the USA have joined AMRI and AMS on Marie Curie Fellowships. The ACALM Study Unit founded by Rahul Potluri is in collaboration with Aston Medical School and has undertaken notable research.
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