University of Plymouth

Are you an aspiring emergency, acute or pre-hospital physician? Or, do you simply want to be ahead of the curve for foundation years and beyond?

This could be the intercalated option for you!

Emergency medicine is an exciting and dynamic speciality. As a Plymouth Intercalated student in Urgent and Emergency Care you will spend nine months embedded in practice within one of over thirty host Emergency Departments across the UK. Under expert supervision, you will gain both the confidence and competence to safely assess and contribute to the management of patients presenting to the Emergency Department. You will be exposed to everything from minor injuries to major trauma and critical illness.

Special features

  • A truly unique intercalated degree in emergency medicine with a full academic year embedded in clinical practice.
  • Our experienced faculty and network of mentors ensures a personal experience tailored to your learning needs and expectations.
  • UK wide network of placement centres gives you unparalleled choice of where to practice. We have options ranging from remote district hospitals to urban major trauma centres.
  • As you grow with us, you can expect to become a functioning member of the clinical team, making a difference every day.
  • We help you to develop your transferable skills so that you can perform to the best of your ability. We provide expert teaching on topics including leadership, communication skills, teamwork and human factors.
  • Optional modules include paediatrics, mental health, critical care, and clinical decision making.
  • New from 2019/20 ‘SimWARS on the Moor’: As part of the course, all of our students are invited to attend a two day residential course provided in collaboration with Devon Air Ambulance Trust, focusing on pre-hospital trauma care and non-technical skills development.

Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from students who will have completed the third or fourth year of their primary medical qualification prior to intercalation.

Although we appreciate that it may not be possible for all students to gain substantive Emergency Department experience prior to application, some evidence of prior commitment and enthusiasm towards emergency or acute care is highly desirable. Third year applicants in particular must ensure that they sufficient insight into clinical practice to demonstrate suitability to undertake a longitudinal placement in the Emergency Department. This can be evidenced, for example, through placements, attendance at relevant courses, meetings and conferences, involvement with undergraduate societies, and additional work shadowing.

Shortlisted prospective applicants are invited to interview at our annual selection event in Plymouth where there will be opportunity to find out more about the course and meet our current students and faculty.

Closing date

Please contact the course provider.