Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery Induction 2017

Please refer back to this page during your Induction weeks in case of last minute changes.

It is a good idea to:

•   read before you arrive
•   follow any links and check instructions
•   bring with you any document, etc where these are specified

Some documents may need to be returned to the University before you arrive.

As a new student you are required to upload a photograph of yourself using the e@pplicant page.

The photo is required for your University card which will be issued to new students when you attend the enrolment session on Monday 11th September. Failure to provide a photo will delay the production of your University card and also effect your free intersite travel. 

Your University card will remain valid for the duration of your studies at Plymouth University and will be invalid once your programme is complete.  Please go to: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-life/new-students/induction/online-enrolment-guidance-notes  to check out your enrolment process.

Essential Information for International Students

Monday 18th – Friday 22nd September daily between 16.30 – 17.00 Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building

Delivered by the International Student Advice team, this session is aimed at new international students who did not attend the International Student Orientation programme. The team will advise you of the support services they provide and answer any questions you may have related to your tier 4 visa responsibilities.



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  • OH within Derriford Health and Leisure Centre, Derriford Hospital, Derriford

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  • Clinical Skills Resource Centre, John Bull Building, Plymouth Science Park, Derriford

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Monday 11th September 2017

0930 - 0945 PU PSMD Dean’s Welcome Sherwell Lower Lecture Theatre, Sherwell Building

Welcome to all students enrolled on the BMBS, BDS and DTH courses by Professor Robert Sneyd, Dean

0945 - 1015 Student Support and Faculty Office Administration introduction Sherwell Lower Lecture Theatre, Sherwell Building

Overview of support services available for all students of Plymouth University and an introduction to the Portland Square Faculty Office by Debbie Couch, Roxanne Treloar and Pam Frost.

How we communicate with you; contact details; opening hours; reporting absences; extenuating circumstances; travel information and University Health and Safety.

1015 - 1045 Enrolment Sherwell Foyer, Sherwell Building

ID Card and welcome bag collection 

1100 - 1200 BMBS Welcome Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building

Welcome to BMBS from Professor David Bristow, Head of School

1300 - 1400 Introduction to Digital Learning Environment Part 1 Groups 8, 9 and 10 - Room C203, IT Suite, Portland Square Building

Introduction to our virtual learning environment - Moodle and More by the TelMed team 

1230 - 1330 Campus Tours (optional) – Groups 1 – 5 - Atrium B, B Block, Portland Square Building

1330 – 1430 Campus Tours (optional) – Groups 6 – 10 - Atrium B, B Block, Portland Square Building

A guided tour of the main campus including Portland Square by students

1500 - 1530 Student Union Talk - Stonehouse Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building

1530 - 1630 Medsoc Introduction to students - Stonehouse Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building

1630 - 1700 Year 1 Group photo - Reservoir Gardens (meet outside Mary Newman building, Portland Square side)

Tuesday 12th September 2017

0930 - 1030 Curriculum Overview with Dr Nick Toms - Stonehouse Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building

Your next five years at a glance, with a main focus on the Year 1 curriculum 

1030 - 1130 Introduction to Problem Based Learning with Professor Hilary Neve, Dr Kerry Gilbert, Dr Siobhan Moyes and Emily Blundy - Stonehouse Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building

You will meet your PBL group and be introduced to the Peninsula 8-step process for PBL along with some of the key skills needed to take part in sessions.

1200 - 1300 Introduction to Digital Learning Environment Part 1 Groups 1, 2 and 3 - Room C203, IT Suite, Portland Square Building

Introduction to our virtual learning environment - Moodle and More by the TelMed team 

1400 - 1500 Introduction to Digital Learning Environment Part 1 Groups 4, 5, 6 and 7- Room C203, IT Suite, Portland Square Building

Introduction to our virtual learning environment - Moodle and More by the TelMed team

1500 - 1600 Introduction to University Library with Graham Titley, Information Specialist - Stonehouse Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building

An overview of the range of resources available to you including the University library

1600 - 1700 Patient Safety with Professor Hisham Khalil - Stonehouse Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building 

An overview of patient safety, its definition and how this is represented in the 5 years of the BMBS curriculum. There will be active discussion of some high profile cases where patients' safety was compromised and an opportunity for students to identify where the shortfalls were. The plenary will also highlight the responsibility of students in maintaining patient safety at all times and how this could be optimized. There will be a specific mention of the PU PSMD raising concerns policy and who students can contact if they have a concern.

Wednesday 13th September 2017

0900 - 1030 Problem Based Learning Groups 1 - 3 and 5 and 10 with PBL facilitators - all rooms are in Portland Square Building

Your PBL group will lay down the key foundations for how the group will function. You will begin to learn how to unravel the issues from a case scenario.

Group 1 - B3, Group 2 - B4, Group 3 - B5, Group 5 - B7, Group 10 - B6,

1030 - 1200 Problem Based Learning Groups 4 and 6 - 9 with PBL facilitators - all rooms are in Portland Square Building

Your PBL group will lay down the key foundations for how the group will function. You will begin to learn how to unravel the issues from a case scenario.

Group 4 - B7, Group 6- B3, Group 7 – B4, Group 8 – B5, Group 9 – B6 

1200 - 1300 Introduction to learning approaches with Dr Tony Finnigan - Stonehouse Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building

Invaluable information to begin to develop the necessary skills required for professional independent learning, which is a focal part of the curriculum 

For International Students only

1330 - 1630 PU PSMD International Student Welcome with Dr Poorna Gunasekera and Dr Karen Johnstone Room - C304, LSRC, Portland Square Building

An opportunity to meet and talk to international tutors, support services from across the university and other international medical students

Thursday 14th September 2017

All Occupational Health appointments take place in Derriford Health and Leisure Centre, Derriford Hospital, Derriford

0830 - 1030 Occupational Health Appointments Groups 8, 9 and 10

1100 - 1300 Occupational Health Appointments Groups 5, 6 and 7

1400 - 1600 Occupational Health Appointments Groups 1, 2, 3 and 4

Friday 15th September 2017

0930 - 1030 Problem Based Learning Groups 1 - 5 with PBL facilitators - all room are based in Portland Square Building

In your second PBL group session you will complete the 8-steps of PBL, share your findings for the questions you created in the first session and give feedback.

Group 1 - B3, Group 2 - B4, Group 3 - B5, Group 4 - B6, Group 5 - B7

0930 - 1000 Library Tour Groups 6, 7, and 8 (optional) with Graham Titley, Information Specialist - Reception, Charles Seale-Hayne Library

A tour around our fantastic library 

1000 - 1030 Library Tour Groups 9 and 10 (optional) with Graham Titley, Information Specialist - Reception, Charles Seale-Hayne Library 

A tour around our fantastic library

1030 - 1130 Problem Based Learning Groups 6 - 10 with PBL facilitators - all rooms are based in Portland Square Building

In your second PBL group session you will complete the 8-steps of PBL, share your findings for the questions you created in the first session and give feedback.

Group 6 - B3, Group 7- B4, Group 8 - B5, Group 9 - B6, Group 10 - B7

1030 - 1100 Library Tour Groups 1, 2 and 3 (optional) with Graham Titley, Information Specialist Reception - Charles Seale-Hayne Library 

A tour around our fantastic library 

11:00 - 1130 Library Tour Groups 4 and 5 (optional) with Graham Titley, Information Specialist Reception - Charles Seale-Hayne Library 

A tour around our fantastic library

1200 - 1230 Introduction to Occupational Health with Alison Williams - Stonehouse Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building

1230 - 1300 Career Planning with Fran Perkin - Stonehouse Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building

This session will:

  • give a general overview of medical career paths and trends in NHS recruitment
  • highlight the importance of career planning
  • outline the help and support available to you in planning your medical career

1300 - 1700 Information Fair - Atria A, B and C, Portland Square Building

Exhibitors will include: Plymouth University support teams, various student societies and external exhibitors e.g. Medical Defence Union, Medical Protection Society and HM Forces.

Monday 18th September 2017

0900 - 1030 Life Science and Clinical Skills Induction with Carol Price-Thomas, Debbie Kirvell, Dr Siobhan Moyes, Theresa Compton and Karen Johnstone – Groups 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 - Room C304, LSRC, Portland Square Building

This introduction to LSRC will give you an idea of the extensive array of resources available to you and what to expect during these teaching sessions.  It also kicks off your Anatomy learning.  This session includes an introduction to anatomical terminology, surface anatomy and the Anatomage table to get you started learning this new language and understanding its importance in the clinical setting.

0930 - 1030 Digital Learning Environment (DLE) Part 2 Groups 1, 2 and 3 - Room C203, IT Suite, Portland Square Building

Continuing Introduction to our virtual learning environment – ePortfolio with the TelMed team 

1100 - 1230 Life Science and Clinical Skills Induction with Carol Price-Thomas, Debbie Kirvell, Dr Siobhan Moyes, Theresa Compton and Karen Johnstone - Groups 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 - Room C304, LSRC, Portland Square Building 

This introduction to LSRC will give you an idea of the extensive array of resources available to you and what to expect during these teaching sessions.  It also kicks off your Anatomy learning.  This session includes an introduction to anatomical terminology, surface anatomy and the Anatomage table to get you started learning this new language and understanding its importance in the clinical setting.

1100 – 12noon Digital Learning Environment (DLE) Part 2 Groups 8, 9 and 10 - Room C203, IT Suite, Portland Square Building

Continuing introduction to our virtual learning environment – ePortfolio with the TelMed team

1530 – 1600 Equality and Diversity with Katie McManus - Stonehouse Lecture theatre, Portland Square Building

1600 - 1700 General Medical Council (GMC) - Stonehouse Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building

John Davey Regional Liaison Adviser for the GMC in the South West will give an introduction to the GMC 

Tuesday 19th September 2017 

All sessions take place in Clinical Skills Resource Centre, John Bull building, Plymouth Science Park, Derriford

0900 - 1100 Introduction to Clinical Skills Groups 1, 2 and 3 with Clinical Skills Tutors 

12:00 - 1400 Introduction to Clinical Skills Groups 4, 5, 6 and half of 7 with Clinical Skills Tutors  (group 7 will be emailed)

1430 - 1630 Introduction to Clinical Skills Groups half of 7, 8, 9 and 10 with Clinical Skills Tutors  (group 7 will be emailed)

Wednesday 20th September 2017

0930 - 1100 Introduction to Community and Jigsaw with Dr Richard Ayres and Dr Richard Perrett - Plymouth Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building

Your community attachments this year will introduce you to some of the many agencies working to improve health in Plymouth. Over the next 5 years you will be part of that effort. This session will help you to prepare for your Community Placements and Jigsaw sessions to maximise the learning opportunities. This session will also help you to understand the good, the bad and the ugly of health in the city!

1130 - 1330 Assessment overview with Dr Steven Burr, Jolanta Kisielewska and Colin Ferguson - Plymouth Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building 

An overview of the principles and practice of assessment within the medical curriculum, with emphasis on summative assessments (medical knowledge, clinical skills, personal development and professionalism, and student selected components in years 1 and 2) and the requirements for progression from year 1 to year 2.

1400 - 1500 Digital Learning Environment Part 2 Groups 4, 5, 6 and 7 - Room C203, IT Suite, Portland Square Building

Continuing Introduction to our virtual learning environment – ePortfolio with the TelMed team

1600 - 1700 Professionalism with Mr Peter Whitfield, Consultant Neurosurgeon - Stonehouse Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building 

What is professionalism? Does professionalism matter? Is professionalism inherent or can students learn to become more professional? Why is professionalism assessment a key component of foundation doctor selection? This session will discuss the importance of the professional challenges that we face in our daily work using case examples to illustrate points and principles. The methods of teaching and assessing professionalism within PSMD will be discussed. 

Thursday 21st September 2017

All sessions take place in Clinical Skills Resource Centre, John Bull building, Plymouth Science Park, Derriford

0900 - 1100 Clinical Skills Hand Hygiene Groups 4, 5, 6 and 7 half of  Clinical Skills Staff (group 7 will be emailed)

1200 - 1400 Clinical Skills Hand Hygiene Groups half of 7, 8, 9 and 10 Clinical Skills Staff (group 7 will be emailed)

1430 - 1630 Clinical Skills Hand Hygiene Groups 1, 2 and 3 Clinical Skills Staff

1845 Meet MedSoc at the top of the student union to be walked to the Hoe

1915 - 2145 PU PSMD Faculty Welcome Party - Graduation Marquee, Plymouth Hoe

Friday 22nd September 2017

0900 – 1000 Digital Learning Environment (DLE) Drop In session with the TelMed Team - C203, IT suite, Portland Square Building

1000 - 1100 Cross Cutting Themes with Richard Ayres and Tracey Collett - Stonehouse Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building

In every patient encounter, there are a range of "toolkits" on which a doctor must draw. These are really systems of knowledge that we use to help patients, such as biomedical science, evidence-based practice, professionalism, humanities, population health, ethics, psychology and sociology. This session will demonstrate how the PSMD curriculum teaches students to integrate all these themes into clinical practice.

1200 - 1300 Feedback and Evaluation with Theresa Compton, Pam Frost and Serena Vellacott - Stonehouse Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building 

An overview of the BMBS feedback process and student representation. An opportunity to ask any final questions to staff before the core programme starts the following week.


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