Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery Induction 2018

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 documents, etc where these are specified.

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

If you have not already done so, please upload a photograph of yourself using the e@applicant page and following the online instructions. 

This photo will appear on your University card, which is issued to you when you attend the enrolment session on Monday 10 September. Without this photo, your University card cannot be produced and will be delayed getting to you. You will need ID when you pick up your University card and the only form of ID is your passport. Please see our University card collection web page for further information: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-life/new-students/induction/your-university-card

NB: this is not required if you already have a University card because you were previously a student on another course or at a Partner College. Your University card will remain valid for the duration of your studies at the University of Plymouth.

UPSU events

Friday 14 September:  International Fair, the students union 

Monday 17 September: Market Day, Students' Union roof

Tuesday 18 September: Freshers Fair, Marquee and Students' Union and Roland Levinsky building and Students' Union roof

Wednesday 19 September: Sports Fair, Rolle Marquee and Students' Union

Thursday 20 September: Societies and Activities Fair, Rolle Marquee and Students' Union and  Roland Levinsky building and  Students' Union roof

Friday 21 September: Volunteering Fair, Rolle Marquee

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

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Monday 10 September 2018

0930 - 0945 FoMD Dean’s Welcome Roland Levinsky Lecture Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building

Welcome to all students enrolled on the BMBS, BDS and DTH courses by Professor Hisham Khalil, Interim Dean

0945 - 1015 Student Support and Faculty Office Administration introduction Roland Levinsky lecture Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building

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

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

1015 - 1045 Enrolment room C4, Portland Square Building

ID card and welcome bag collection from the Admissions team

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

Welcome to BMBS from Professor David Bristow, Head of School

1200 - 1300 Campus tours (optional) – Groups 1 – 6 - Atrium B, B Block, Portland Square Building

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

1300 - 1400 Introduction to Digital Learning Environment Part 1 Groups 9 - 12 Room C203, IT Suite, Portland Square Building

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

1400 – 1500 Campus tours (optional) – Groups 7 - 12 Atrium B, B Block, Portland Square Building

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

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

1630 – 1700 Year 1 group photo – Reservoir Gardens (meet at Mary Newman building side to Portland Square)

Tuesday 11 September 2018

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 (PBL) with Professor Hilary Neve, Dr Kerry Gilbert and Dr Siobhan Moyes 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 - 4 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 5 - 8 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 Chris Johns, 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 optimised. There will be a specific mention of the FoMD raising concerns policy and who students can contact if they have a concern.

Wednesday 12 September 2018

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

0830 - 1030 Occupational Health appointments Groups 9 - 12 

1100 - 1300 Occupational Health appointments Groups 5 - 8

1400 - 1600 Occupational Health appointments Groups 1 - 4

For international students only

1330 - 1630 FoMD international student welcome with Dr Poorna Gunasekera and Dr Karen Johnstone Room C313, 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 13 September 2018

0900 - 1030 Problem Based Learning Groups 1 – 6 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 4 – B6, Group 5 – B7 and Group 6 – B8

1030 - 1200 Problem Based Learning Groups 7 - 12 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 7 – B3, Group 8- B4, Group 9 – B5, Group 10 – B6, Group 11 – B7 and Group 12 – B8

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 

Friday 14 September 2018

0930 - 1030 Problem Based Learning groups 1 - 6 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 and Group 6 - C1

0930 - 1000 Library tour groups 7 - 9 (optional) with Chris Johns, Information Specialist Reception, Charles Seale-Hayne Library

A tour around our fantastic library 

1000 - 1030 Library tour groups 10 - 12 (optional) with Chris Johns, Information Specialist Reception, Charles Seale-Hayne Library 

A tour around our fantastic library

1030 - 1130 Problem Based Learning groups 7 - 12 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 7 - B3, Group 8 - B4, Group 9 - B5, Group 10 - B6 and Group 12 – C1

1030 - 1100 Library tour groups 1 - 3 (optional) with Chris Johns, Information Specialist Reception, Charles Seale-Hayne Library 

A tour around our fantastic library.

1100 - 1200 Problem Based Learning group 11 with PBL facilitator Siobhan Moyes - the room is 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 11 - B 7

11:00 - 1130 Library tour groups 4 - 6 (optional) with Chris Johns, Information Specialist Reception, Charles Seale-Hayne Library 

A tour around our fantastic library

1200 - 1230 Introduction to occupational health with Dr Jane Thanks 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: University of Plymouth support teams, various student societies and external exhibitors e.g. Medical Defence Union, Medical Protection Society and HM Forces.

Monday 17 September 2018

0900 - 1030 Life science resource centre (LSRC) induction with Carol Price-Thomas, Debbie Kirvell and teaching staff – Groups 7 - 12 - 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 and how to approach learning in this new environment. It also kicks off your anatomy learning. This session includes an introduction to anatomical terminology and surface anatomy 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 - 4 Room C203, IT Suite, Portland Square Building

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

1100 - 1230 Life Science Resource Centre (LSRC) induction with Carol Price-Thomas, Debbie Kirvell and teaching staff - Groups 1 - 6 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 and how to approach learning in this new environment. It also kicks off your anatomy learning. This session includes an introduction to anatomical terminology and surface anatomy 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 9 - 12 Room C203, IT Suite, Portland Square Building

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

1430 – 1530 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 FoMD will be discussed. 

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 18 September 2018 

Sessions for Clinical Skills Resource Centre take place in the John Bull building, Plymouth Science Park, Derriford with Clinical Skills Tutors

Sessions for Anatomage take place in C303 C block, Portland Square building. Please note that only half of each group will attend these sessions and this will be allocated when you arrive.

0900 - 1100 Introduction to Clinical Skills Groups 1 - 4 

0900 - 0945 Anatomage Session Group 12

0945 - 1030 Anatomage Session Group 11

1030 - 1115 Anatomage Session Group 10

1115 - 1200 Anatomage Session Group 9

1200 - 1400 Introduction to Clinical Skills Groups 5 - 8 

1200 - 1245 Anatomage Session Group 1

1245 - 1330 Anatomage Session Group 2

1330 - 1415 Anatomage Session Group 3

1415 - 1500 Anatomage Session Group 4

1430 - 1630 Introduction to Clinical Skills Groups 9 - 12 

1500 - 1545 Anatomage Session Group 5

1545 - 1630 Anatomage Session Group 6

1630 - 1715 Anatomage Session Group 7

1715 - 1800 Anatomage Session Group 8

Wednesday 19 September 2018

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 5 - 8 C203, IT Suite, Portland Square Building

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

Thursday 20 September 2018

Sessions for Clinical Skills Resource Centre take place in the John Bull building, Plymouth Science Park, Derriford with Clinical Skills Tutors

Sessions for Anatomage take place in C303 C block, Portland Square building. Please note that only half of each group will attend these sessions and this will be allocated when you arrive.

0900 - 1100 Clinical Skills Hand Hygiene Groups 5 - 8 Clinical Skills Staff

0900 - 0945 Anatomage Session Group 1

0945 - 1030 Anatomage Session Group 2

1030 - 1115 Anatomage Session Group 3

1115 - 1200 Anatomage Session Group 4

1200 - 1400 Clinical Skills Hand Hygiene Groups 9 - 12 Clinical Skills Staff 

1200 - 1245 Anatomage Session Group 5

1245 - 1330 Anatomage Session Group 6

1330 - 1415 Anatomage Session Group 7

1415 - 1500 Anatomage Session Group 8

1430 - 1630 Clinical Skills Hand Hygiene Groups 1 - 4 Clinical Skills Staff 

1500 - 1545 Anatomage Session Group 9

1545 - 1630 Anatomage Session Group 10

1630 - 1715 Anatomage Session Group 11

1715 - 1800 Anatomage Session Group 12

1845 Meet MedSoc at the top of the Students' Union to be walked to the Hoe

1915 - 2145  FoMD Faculty Welcome Party - Graduation Marquee, Plymouth Hoe

Friday 21 September 2018

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 FoMD curriculum teaches students to integrate all these themes into clinical practice.

1200 - 1300 Feedback and evaluation with Theresa Compton, Karen Johnstone and Serena Vellacott and student reps - Stonehouse Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building 

An introduction to the role of student representatives and how we collect and use your feedback on your experiences of the course. An opportunity to ask any final questions to staff before the core programme starts the following week.

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