East Surrey Hospital has a long and well established history of welcoming undergraduates from Brighton & Sussex Medical School, St George’s University and Imperial College London.
At Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, we welcome medical students from St. George’s University of London, Brighton & Sussex Medical School and Imperial College London.
We usually have anywhere from 5 to 35 medical students at any one time throughout the academic year. These students are a mixture of 4th and final year, studying a variety of specialties including:
- Emergency Medicine
- Acute Medicine
- Elderly Medicine
- Critical Care & Anaesthetics
- Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Onsite accommodation is provided free of charge to undergraduates from St George’s University of London, Brighton & Sussex Medical School and Imperial College London, whilst on placement at East Surrey Hospital.
Onsite accommodation can be requested for any medical students undertaking an elective or SSC, however, this is subject to availability and carries a cost of £35 per night, payable in advance.
Our accommodation is 7 years old and consists of flats with 3 or 4 rooms. Facilities include a communal kitchen, bathroom and lounge, whilst the bedrooms contain a single bed, wardrobe, desk, bedside cabinet and a chair.
For more details, please see the attached information or email [email protected]
There is a wide variety of teaching and learning opportunities available at East Surrey Hospital.
Each student is attached to an Educational Supervisor who they will meet at the start of the rotation. This person will ensure that you get the most out of your time with us and that your learning objectives are met.
There are also two ‘Undergraduate Teaching Fellows’ who provide a number of great additional learning opportunities, which are communicated via a weekly newsletter.
In addition to this, all undergraduates are welcome to attend any regular teaching sessions that are held in the Post Graduate Education Centre for a number of different specialities.
DOWNLOAD >> St George’s Medical Student Teaching Information
DOWNLOAD >> Imperial Medical Student Teaching Information
DOWNLOAD >> Brighton & Sussex Medical Student Teaching Information
DOWNLOAD >> Medical Student Newsletter
We have a high fidelity simulation suite which students have the opportunity to make the most of whilst here at East Surrey Hospital. St. George’s students will take part in the ‘F1 Ready Simulation Course’, Brighton & Sussex medical students have a dedicated ‘J-MANS course’ and Imperial students will have an ‘A&E Simulation Session’ during their attachment here. Our simulation training always receives excellent feedback and is rated very highly in the region.
Undergraduate Clinical Teaching Fellows
Dr Max Bacon
I am one of the ‘Undergraduate Clinical Teaching Fellows’ at East Surrey Hospital. I have completed my foundation training at East Surrey and Tunbridge Wells hospitals and I decided to take an F3 year to teach (70% of my time), gain more experience in Acute Medicine (30%) and develop my portfolio by doing a PGCert in Medical Education at Brighton. Even more importantly perhaps, I’m looking forward to exploring the theory and understanding behind medical teaching so I can improve myself as a teacher and therefore help students even more.
I have been teaching medical students since my penultimate year at medical school and I have organised many different teaching courses from pathology theory to clinical exam prep to On-Call training. I have greatly enjoyed all the teaching I have done but I look forward to exploring new areas of medical education such as the Sim Lab and developing my skills as an assessor.
Session that I’m most proud of: Geriatric teaching session – Geri’s can be a broad and impenetrable subject so I was proud to get positive feedback for my session getting students to make clinical decisions on case examples.
Favourite topics to teach: At Uni we studied the core medical sciences to great depth so I have a keen interest in explaining the biomedical science behind the topics we teach.
Best innovation in medical education: I developed the Simulated On-call at SASH (SOS) teaching course with Jenny Hawkins when I was an FY1 at East Surrey.
Favourite part of job within the hospital: I like opening up with students about topics that need exploring more so we can learn together and reflect on areas we can improve. I believe strongly in open learning environments so people aren’t afraid to say they need help.
Favourite part of the job outside the hospital: I like being challenged on my own knowledge by students and finding out more in my own time based on their questions and queries.
Favourite aspect of TEL (Technology enhanced learning): Electronic feedback has been a really useful tool in teaching not only for improving the teaching sessions themselves but also to develop my own reflective practice.
Dr Phillip ‘Dave’ Davidson
I am the other ‘Undergraduate Clinical Teaching Fellow’ at East Surrey Hospital. I’m currently a Medical Registrar having completed Foundation Training and Core Medical Training, and my own specialty is Respiratory Medicine. I started teaching as an FY2 after finding FY1 really challenging and found I could have been better prepared! I set up a regular teaching programme for final year students to help become more confident FY1s. Since then, I have carried on teaching in clinical settings during my core medical training and early registrar years.
I wanted to take time out of being a busy Med Reg to dedicate more time to teaching, and to learn about how to teach well in the process. I enjoy teaching in different environments, including simulation and bedside teaching, alongside my clinical role as a Respiratory Reg, doing specialist clinics every week. I have a 70% teaching: 30% clinical job plan.
Session that I’m most proud of: Ward Round Mentoring – a session I run with Final Year assistantship students to help them gain more confidence when they have to run their own rounds!
Favourite topic to teach: Bedside examinations – when you finally hear that murmur or pick up hyper-reflexia it’s a ‘lightbulb moment!’
Best innovation in medical education during the year: Creating the ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ presentation – you decide what clinical decisions to make and see the consequences.
Favourite part of job within the hospital: Mentoring – supporting students one-on-one and seeing them improve is really rewarding.
Favourite part of the job outside the hospital: OSCE examining – it’s great to see students put their learning into practice.
Favourite aspect of TEL (Technology enhanced learning): Maximising the use of PowerPoint with links, images and videos.
Brighton Medical Student Placements
As a Year 5 Brighton & Sussex Medical Student, you will join us for a total of 8 weeks and your placement will include time in any of the following specialities:
General Medicine (AMU, Respiratory, Gastroenterology, Stroke)
Surgery (GI, Breast, Orthopaedics, Critical Care & Anaesthetics)
In addition to attending different clinics and gaining invaluable experience on the ward, you will also be provided with an interesting and varied teaching programme and formal simulation training.
A select group of trainees will also run a ‘Foundation Teaching for Finals’ programme every Tuesday and Thursday evening in the Post Graduate Education Centre.
Sub Dean for the Brighton & Sussex Medical Students – Dr Sandeep Cliff
‘I have been the clinical sub-dean for BSMS students for over 7 years and have thoroughly enjoyed having the students here with us at SASH.
I organise the students’ weekly seminar programme along with Claire and the clinical fellows, which includes a session with me allowing students to give presentations on interesting clinical cases.
I also link in with the medical school to offer any pastoral help if needed – there is a monthly Cid that requires marking and feedback which I undertake and then spend time with students going over their essays and presentations.
I do enjoy their presence and feel that the Trust also benefits from having final year medical students present.’
Imperial Medical Student Placements
As an Imperial Medical Student, you will join us for 3 weeks in our busy and varied Emergency Medicine Department.
As part of your placement, you will attend handover meetings and ward rounds as well as being given the opportunity to examine patients and perform clinical procedures appropriate to your curriculum and competencies.
In addition, you will also be provided with a comprehensive teaching programme as well as one Emergency Medicine focussed simulation training session in the Post Graduate Education Centre.
Sub Dean for the Imperial Medical Students – Dr Kamal Veeramuthu
St George's Medical Student Placements
As a medical student from St George’s University, you will have a placement with us in either:
Paediatrics (5 weeks)
O&G (5 weeks)
Critical Care & Anaesthetics (3 weeks)
Respiratory or Endocrinology (5 weeks)
During the course of your placement, you will have the opportunity to attend different clinics as well as gaining invaluable experience on the ward. You will also be provided with an interesting and varied teaching programme, including simulation training in the Post Graduate Education Centre on a Tuesday morning.
DOWNLOAD >> St George’s Medical Student Teaching Information
DOWNLOAD >> St George’s Critical Care & Anaesthetics Welcome Letter
DOWNLOAD >> St George’s O&G Handbook
DOWNLOAD >> St George’s Paediatric Handbook
Sub Dean for the St George’s Medical Students – Dr Michael Wilde
‘We warmly welcome medical students from St George’s University.
Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has a strong and longstanding relationship with St George’s University and has had students on placement at our hospital for many years.
East Surrey is a busy district hospital that has close links to its colleagues in London as well as Brighton and provides a range of care for patients in the Surrey and Sussex area.
Our hospital has a dedicated and enthusiastic team who provide support from an administrative and educational point of view, led by Dr Michael Wilde (Respiratory Consultant and Sub Dean for the St George’s medical students) and Claire Parsonage (Undergraduate Administrator).
Our aim is to provide all students with an excellent experience whilst they are here on placement and to support their development.’
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