Medical Students

Guy’s and St Thomas’ is one of the biggest and most historical teaching hospitals. The Trust contributes to the Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programme of the King’s College London School of Medicine: each year we have around 350-400 students on placement in the Trust for whom we constantly provide high quality education which is essential in training tomorrow’s doctors.

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Generic learning opportunities

groupFor each phase on clinical placement at Guy’s and St Thomas’ we provide the following: clinical skills practice for independent learning, timetabled lectures and tutorials, attending case presentations on ‘morning reports’, post mortem examinations, and formative OSCE sessions.

In addition we run several programmes for each phase: dedicated chest and abdomen clinical skills teaching sessions for Phase 3 students, Suturing workshops for Year 4 students, and interprofessional simulation sessions for Phase 5 students.

Meet the Undergraduate Team

Director of Undergraduate Medical Education in GSTT: Dr Rosalinde Tilley

Associate Clinical Dean: Dr David Treacher

Deputy Associate Clinical Dean: Dr Simon Hughes

Clinical Skills Tutors: Katie Lei, Alison Borysiewicz, Mark Lobben, Jeffery Davison, Fraser Hanks

Undergraduate Medical Education Administration team: Rachel Mitchel, Simon Whitaker, Julia Szemeredi, and Funso Adegoke

Elective students

Further information regarding elective placement is available on the following link:

Social Life

Being a student in Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust doesn’t only mean high quality education.

As a student, you can enjoy the following benefits of belonging to the Trust:

  • Medicinema
  • Staff gym and pool
  • Staff discounts (available with Trust ID)
  • Restaurants on site
  • Museums (Florence Nightingale Museum at St Thomas’ Hospital and Gordon Museum at Guy’s Hospital)
  • Thomas Guy Club (sports and social club)
  • Games Room
Undergraduate Medical Education at Guy’s and St Thomas’

The medical curriculum is divided into five phases.

Phase 1 and 2 (Introduction to Medical Science) focus on basic science, illustrated and informed by clinical practice. Phase 3 and Year 4 (Intensive Patient Contact) focus on clinical training, underpinned by science. Phase 5 (Shadowing Practicing Doctors) is vocationally oriented and includes the opportunity to study abroad for an elective period.

Each phase contains elements from the core curriculum, which is compulsory, as well as Student Selected Components, which offer a wide element of student choice.

Students can follow a year-long BSc in a subject of their choice by ‘intercalating’ the degree between phases of their MBBS.

From the first term you will be introduced to patients and clinicians. You will also work with other students destined for healthcare professions such as dentistry, nursing and midwifery. Interprofessional Education is embedded in the curriculum, developing teamwork, communication, and an awareness of ethical and professional responsibilities.



Phase 3

Phase 3 is concerned with the study of Adult Basic Clinical Medicine and aims to provide a smooth transition from the acquisition of knowledge and skills derived from Phases 1 and 2, through the development of clinical skills and the application of clinical science, to competence in the practice of medicine.

Three clinical rotations (Abdominal, Chest & NOP) in adult medicine and surgery cover the basic clinical skills of history taking, clinical examination and diagnosis in the adult patient.

Chest Clinical Skills Week

Students are taught practical skills in a small group over the period of a week by the multidisciplinary clinical skills team. The practical skills teaching has been developed around a fictitious patient case and covers history taking, chest examination, BLS, practical prescribing, ECG teaching, sterile fields and much more.

Abdominal Skills Sessions

The abdominal firm clinical skills teaching program represents a new addition to the abdominal rotation developed in response to feedback from previous Phase 3 students. The abdominal clinical skills team includes very experienced multidisciplinary clinical staff, who have both extensive clinical expertise and experience in teaching in Perioperative Prescribing, Radiology, Dietetics and Urology.

Neurology, Ophthalmology and Psychiatry

The NOP rotation is taught in a 10 week block with a combination of lectures, tutorials, clinics and theatre attendances. Students received dedicated clinical skills teaching on Ophthalmology, and Psychiatry components are taught at the specialist Psychiatric Maudsley Hospital in Denmark Hill.

MedEd Programme

The MedEd programme was initiated and is run by Dr Teresa Tsakok. It is a programme that runs each rotation whereby Phase 3 students are allocated on a Firm basis to receive weekly bedside teaching from a pair of junior doctors. The aim is to cover basic clinical examinations including abdo/chest/cardio/neuro, as well as providing them with a link to the junior doctor community.

Students now attend GP sessions throughout the year, allowing them to develop close links with a tutor who can monitor their longitudinal progress. It also allows them to see primary care patients linking to all three rotations and contrast primary and secondary care management and transfers between the two.

Clinical rotations are supplemented by teaching in pathology, therapeutics, public health, ethics and the clinical sciences that underpin diagnosis and treatment.

Year 4

Year 4 students at GSTT will now be following Curriculum 2020, full details of which can be found on the KCL website:

Year 4 will build on the basic knowledge and skills developed in Phase 3 and extends these to the groups of patients found within the specialties: Child Health (CH), Women’s Health (WH); Emergency Medicine and Critical Care (EMCC), and a number of specialities dealing with Long-Term Conditions (LTC).
This is achieved through a range of methods including scheduled rotation through relevant clinical environments, simulation sessions, and small group bedside and seminar teaching.


Phase 5

Phase 5 helps the student integrate their knowledge skills and professional behaviors and provides the final preparation for safe competent practice as an F1 doctor at graduation. Phase 5, in general, is very much an apprenticeship Model shadowing and deputising for an F1 on the wards, and consulting independently in General Practice working alongside the GP tutor and other members of the Primary Health Care Team.


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