Undergraduate Lead for Women’s Health (iBSc)

The iBSc in Women’s Health is a course that
we have offered at UCL since 2016. It’s a course that is offered to medical students
who are intercalating as part of their degree and we think it’s a really exciting program.
It involves taught modules on maternal, foetal and neonatal medicine, on reproductive health
and on women’s cancer. So it follows the academic lines that operate
within the institute of Women’s Health. We have teaching from experienced teachers
across the Institute both academic and clinical teachers and we try with this iBSc to really
give students really in depth exposure to a number of scientific and clinical components
relating to Women’s Health. The course includes a number of cross cutting
themes which include ethics and law as related to Women’s Health and reproductive issues.
It includes an element of global health, mostly relating to reproductive health, maternal
and neonatal medicine. It includes some exposure to how the service
develops, how the clinical service develops within the NHS to really try and embed students
with some knowledge about how services operate in the way that they do and how the scientific
knowledge that they will learn can be applied in practice when it comes to the clinical
part of their curriculums. Students who do our iBSc get some clinical
exposure during the course. We have sessions that take place on the labour ward in the
neonatal unit, in reproductive and sexual health clinics, and in cancer clinics, and
you also get to observe scanning in the antenatal setting. These clinical sessions help to put the scientific
learning that is delivered during the course into a clinical context and hopefully this
helps to embed the learning that is happening during the course. During the iBSc students are required to undertake
a number of written assessments that allow students to develop their academic writing
skills in a variety of different approaches critical appraisal, writing lay reports and
writing reflective pieces. All of the written assessments are supported
by the tutor s and by the module leads and students receive formative and summative feedback
on their work. During the Spring term students undertake
a research project and we’re lucky that have quite a wide body of potential supervisors
from across both our academic and clinical cohort of staff. Students can undertake a project that is either
laboratory-based or clinically-based and the outcome of the projects that have taken place,
so far, have been really encouraging in terms of the variety and depth of study that students
have been able to attain and the potential for work to be ongoing and developing in students
later career paths as well. We hope that students who choose to take part
in our iBSc in Women’s Health enjoy it. We think it’s a really interesting, innovative
course that’s not offered in many parts of the country, as yet, and students who undertake
our iBSc will be really well equipped to move forwards into their clinical careers, and
for students who are interested in Women’s Health in the long term it’s definitely
a really good starting point for thinking about your future career path.

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