Plymouth’s medical school earns degree-awarding power

The University of Plymouth can now award medical degrees in its own right after being successfully accredited by the General Medical Council (GMC).

Approved by the GMC today, the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD) was said to have ‘outstanding academic and pastoral support, an innovative approach to curriculum development and a clear commitment to social engagement’.

The school runs the BMBS Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery undergraduate programme, and Plymouth’s first cohort of students, who enrolled in 2013, will graduate in July.

The school was established in 2012, following the decision of the two founding members of Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry (PCMD), the Universities of Plymouth and University of Exeter, to separate and establish independent medical schools.

Throughout the process, PUPSMD has received regular visits from the GMC to ensure that its standards of teaching, support and process meet the high standards of education and training set out by the GMC in its ‘Promoting excellence: standards for medical education and training’.

Among its comments in the final feedback report, the GMC said:
• The school’s academic support is outstanding including the technology enhanced learning support for students, the approach to remediation and the continuous academic support
• The school’s approach to curriculum development is evidence based, innovative and appropriately responsive to student feedback.
• We found pastoral support to be universally commended by all of those we met.

Professor Rob Sneyd, Dean of PUPSMD, said: 

“We know we’ve got something special here in Plymouth – and this accreditation from the General Medical Council has underlined the excellent education we give students embarking on a medical career. As well as the key principles of medical education, we are proud that the GMC highlighted the quality of our pastoral support and professional services, which combine to give our students the best experience possible.”