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Year 3 MICA (Medicine in the Community Apprenticeship) course update

The year 3 Medicine in the Community Apprenticeship pilot year is drawing to a close and the new cohort of 150 students have been selected and are ready and poised to start phase 2 in September 2017! 

Dr Shivani Tanna
Year 3 Course Lead
Our wonderful tutors have done an excellent job hosting students for 10 weeks at their surgeries. We have really seen our students thrive during this attachment. We have realised the value in giving the students true authentic roles where they begin seeing their own patients in clinic by week 3 and follow up their own patient case loads throughout. The student feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and they have really enjoyed feeling like integral members of the team.

Not only have we had involvement from excellent GP tutors, we have also had many specialists and other GPs hosting our students for their experience and clinical skills sessions. We are excited to be using more hospital sites and GP services to help us next term.

We would like to thank all the faculty involved in developing specialty choice modules (health coaching, palliative care, media medicine and health inequalities) and those who are creating new ones as we speak (the anatomy and science of yoga and meditation, leadership, diabetes and research). You are all a fantastic and inspiring team to work with. 

We look forward to developing this attachment even further and are hoping to see it go from strength to strength. We will continue listening to our students and  ensuring we make this a great, meaningful experience for them, ensuring we encourage each one to reach their true potential and gain confidence with patients. 

We firmly believe in the notion that you get out what you put in. We want our students to realise there should be no limit on what they can and should learn. They are valuable members of the team who are able and capable of playing an active role and should be given this opportunity. We aim to provide invaluable learning opportunities where medicine will be mastered in its true context- through caring for patients. The ethos of this placement will be to move our students away from the role of the passive observer to the front line!

"High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation"
Charles Kettering  
If you are interested in hosting our students at your practice or are able to offer a specialist clinic where students can come and observe on an ad hoc basis, please contact Steve Platt on

You can find out more about the MICA course by visiting our website -

Dr Shivani Tanna
Year 3 MICA Course Lead


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