Medical students benefit from 'best facilities in UK'

The next generation of doctors, nurses and dentists have the foundations to strive for success and achieve excellence thanks to world-class facilities at the University of Sheffield’s newly refurbished Medical School.

The £3.5 million project, which will benefit thousands of medical students studying in the city, was officially Two studentsunveiled yesterday (12th February 2013) by Sir John Savill, Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council and the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor John Campbell.

The University's Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health has a long standing tradition of excellence in clinical education and research with the origins of the School of Medicine, as it was formally known, dating back to 1828.

The 21st century transformation of the Medical School, which has seen the creation of a superb open-plan social learning hub, installation of extensive state-of-the-art technology and a new health sciences library, is an investment in the future for both students and staff.

Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: “As a result of this work, our facilities now truly are world-class and it is not an exaggeration to say that the University of Sheffield's Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health now has the highest quality facilities of any university in the UK.
“We have also seen a dramatic increase in applications to study Medicine at Sheffield which are very much linked to the fact that we now have a quality environment which matches the excellent work which is carried out to create the skilled, caring doctors and health professionals who have such an important role to play."
More than 2,500 students study within the Faculty each year on over 40 different courses. The University of Sheffield gives budding healthcare professionals the very best start to their careers and the opportunity to learn in a unique working environment.

Medics are given a unique insight into life on the ward at the new Clinical Skills Centre in Samuel Fox House at the Northern General Hospital. The new centre has hospital wards, an intensive care centre and resuscitation rooms. All clinical areas are linked by a web-based audio visual system which will allow students to be observed and recorded as they undertake clinical tasks as well as being given instant feedback.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health, Professor Tony Weetman said: "All the evidence shows that training in an environment like the new Clinical Skills Centre increases students’ confidence and helps them feel prepared for real-life clinical practice. This in turn means that safety is greatly improved and ultimately patients benefit. I am delighted we have been able to provide our students with the best possible facilities for their education."

Current student and Medical Society President, Ben Holden, said: “Those of us studying here feel incredibly privileged to be able to use the new facilities and equipment at both sites. The refurbishment hasn't just provided a more aesthetically pleasing environment but has opened up countless new opportunities for the learning of medicine in Sheffield. We just can't wait to get stuck in and start using this astounding new technology.”

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