Bachelor's Degree in Medicine
Studies in Medicine now face two great challenges: on one hand, adapting to new social demands stemming from greater life expectancy, falling birth rates and population ageing with its concomitant rise in chronic and degenerative diseases, and on the other, adapting to the European Higher Education Area. The Bachelor's Degree in Medicine at the UAB provides students with a competence-based syllabus and medical training that focuses on these new social demands.
The degree in Medicine at the UAB is known for its high quality in teaching. For over two decades, the UAB's medical students have been the highest scorers on the national medical residency (MIR) exams. Making the faculty part of a competitive research environment focused on biomedicine and biotechnology makes it easier for students to become familiar with the latest scientific advances, an important complement to their academic training.
In addition, the Faculty of Medicine belongs to a leading R&D network, the BIOclusterUAB , created as part of the Campus of International Excellence programme. The BIOclusterUAB helps students become integrated into a very competitive transnational research environment.
Information on the hospital teaching units
Teaching of this bachelor's degree takes place in five Teaching Units: Basic Medical Sciences (Bellaterra Campus), Sant Pau (Hospital Universitari de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona), Vall d'Hebron (Hospital Universitari Vall d'Hebron, Barcelona), Germans Trias i Pujol (Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol, Badalona), and Parc Taulí (Hospital Universitari Parc Tauli, Sabadell).
Medicine undergraduates spend their first two years at the Basic Medical Sciences Teaching Unit in Bellaterra. From the third year onwards teaching takes place at the UAB teaching hospitals.
Each student is assigned to a hospital teaching unit during the second semester of the second year, through a transparent, public procedure set by the Committee of the Bachelor's Degree in Medicine and a calendar to be determined yearly.
Students beginning the degree in 2016-2017 will be assigned to their Units on the basis of the number of places available and teaching capacity, and every effort will be made to respect students' preferences. The assignation is based on students' academic transcript on the Bachelor's Degree in Medicine when the February exam results are officially recorded.
We recommend that students have a grounding in basic experimental sciences (mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology), a command of Catalan, Spanish and English, capacity for synthesis, interpreting and communication, a vocation to help others and an active learning approach in order to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills.
Doctors can carry out a wide range of tasks related to prophylactic and preventive medicine, diagnosis , therapeutics and research.
The most common career option is medical practice, in the private or public sector, but there are other possibilities, like medical research or teaching.
The health sector is expected to have great employment potential in the coming years. Great advances in biomedicine and technology are bringing about constant changes to healthcare systems. To face the new challenges there is a need for professionals and research teams working on new diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, who, along with professionals in healthcare, prevention and management, can improve the use of the resources allocated to health.
ECTS methodology implies continuous assessment of all students' work.
Number of credits: 360 ECTS
Duration: 6 years
Part-time or full-time: Full-time dedication. Part-time option available.
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