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:
- Acute Medicine
- Elderly Medicine
- Critical Care & Anaesthetics
- Obstetrics & Gynaecology
- Emergency Medicine
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 9 years old and consists of flats with 3 or 4 rooms. Facilities include a communal kitchen, bathroom and lounge, whilst the bedrooms contain a bed, wardrobe, desk, bedside cabinet and a chair.
For more details, please see the attached information or email [email protected]
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 the online teaching calendar.
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.
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 be provided with two to three simulation sessions that are specific to their placement and Imperial students will have an A&E focussed 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 Vasileios Gkiousias
I am one of the newly appointed undergraduate education fellows. I just completed my core surgical training in East Surrey Hospital working with the ENT team, which is my area of interest and future career aspiration.
My interest in medical education started during my early years in medical school through participation in mentoring schemes and teaching programmes, but it wasn’t until after my foundation training programme completion in the Oxford deanery that I took up a formal role in medical education, as a clinical teaching fellow in UCL, prior to commencing my core surgical training in the Kent, Surrey and Sussex deanery. This also lead to pursuing and completing a MSc in Health Professions Education at UCL, which allowed me to delve deeper into the theory and application of medical education, providing me with a more holistic insight.
I would strongly encourage anyone interested in medical education to get involved in any arising opportunities and pop by the office for a friendly chat and some guidance!
Dr Anamika Kunnumpurath
I am one of the Undergraduate Clinical Teaching Fellows at East Surrey Hospital. I studied Medicine at University College London and graduated with an Intercalated BSc in Medical Sciences with Psychology. Since then, I was very fortunate to have been able to complete both years of Foundation training at East Surrey Hospital and am thrilled to be staying on as one of the Teaching Fellows this year! I look forward to working with the fantastic education department and helping our Medical Students have an equally fantastic placement with us.
In addition to teaching and supporting medical students, I will be undertaking a PGCert in Medical Education to broaden my knowledge of the theory behind the practice! I will also be spending my clinical time with the Dermatology department and working on the GIM rota.
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, ENT)
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. Further details will be provided when you commence your placement.
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 4 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.
Sub Dean for the St George’s Medical Students – Dr Nicholas Courtenay-Evans
I took on the SGUL Sub Dean role in 2019 having enjoyed 4 years as the lead for medical students doing their F Year Critical Care and Anaesthetics placement at East Surrey. Having previously been a trainee in the St George’s School of Anaesthesia, I have a strong affiliation with the medical school and am well aware of the challenges faced by today’s medical students. I work closely with our excellent post-graduate education team to ensure our students have the resources, the structure and the support they need to get the most out of their time at SASH. I am proud to see this reflected in the excellent feedback we receive from students and how many of them wish to work here as junior doctors.
Led by our dedicated Clinical Teaching Fellows, we provide a modern and comprehensive education programme for SGUL students based around their clinical practice outcomes, including simulation training, hands on ultrasound workshops, radiology and ECG masterclasses, as well as consultant delivered specialty learning.
My role is to work collaboratively with St George’s and our local Education Team to ensure the students who come to SASH have their educational and pastoral needs met and that, importantly, they enjoy their time here. Improving student well-being and resilience is a priority of mine and we are constantly developing our resources at SASH to support student welfare needs.
It is a great privilege to be Sub Dean for St George’s. I am proud to see what hard working, caring and rounded students SGUL produces and I always feel reassured when I see our doctors of the future starting out strongly in their careers.