Physician Associate placements

Study to take on an important new role in patient care. Learn vital skills to diagnose, treat and care for patients in a variety of specialist settings.

Whilst on clinical rotations, you'll be responsible to and supervised by a medical practitioner, with an emphasis on becoming prof­icient in a wide range of medical procedures. You'll be supported by an extended multidisciplinary health care team. Below outlines the minimum placement required in each area, by the Royal College of Physicians, Faculty of Physician Associates.

  • General Medicine (12 weeks)
  • Community Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Front Door Medicine (6 weeks)
  • Mental Health (3 weeks)
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology (3 weeks)
  • Paediatrics (3 weeks)
  • General Surgery (3 weeks)

All Physician Associate students are allocated a personal tutor for the duration of the course.

You'll be taught using self-directed and tutor directed enquiry based learning methods, teamwork, problem-solving and independent thinking, as well as applying small-group research. You'll investigate and resolve patient scenarios to develop your clinical reasoning and critical thinking skills. Learning will also include lectures, role play and observed clinical practice amounting to 1,400 hours, in addition to 200 hours within our newly developed and fully furnished skills labs. Part of your training may require you to attend a hospital-based post mortem.

You'll be trained how to:

  • Support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients
  • Take patients' medical histories
  • Perform different examinations
  • Diagnose illnesses
  • Analyse variable test results