Medicine has been taught in Belfast since 1821 and there has been a Medical School at Queen’s University since 1849. The Centre is responsible for the administration and management of the five year Undergraduate Course in Medicine. The course has an intake of approximately 280 students, including school leavers and graduates. Our aim is to educate individuals who at all times put the consideration of patients as their first priority.
In the early years students spend most of their time on the university campus studying the scientific basis of medicine. However, from the very first semester students gain direct clinical contact with patients through the Family Attachment scheme supervised by local General Practitioners in the greater Belfast area. Also, in years one and two students maintain clinical contact through a clinical skills course that incorporates visits to hospitals and general practices to develop their clinical skills with patients. From year three onward students work in a variety of clinical placements throughout Northern Ireland.
The centre offers a variety of modern facilities for students including a purpose built Clinical Skills Education Centre, and a state of the art simulation centre is also planned.
The centre’s management team
Professor Pascal McKeown
Mairead Boohan, Lecturer