As a student still enrolled at Imperial School of Medicine, I can’t speak for the quality of teaching and level of support available in later clinical years, but I am very happy with the experience I’ve had so far.
The quality of material taught and the clarity of expression of our lecturers is usually very good – they are happy to take questions and are keen to help out with tricky concepts. Most of the electronic platforms we use to access lectures and other e-learning tools are relatively well designed, but the faculty is continually developing new methods of teaching, so the software frequently misbehaves and makes reaching some materials tricky.
The incorporation of patient contact and other clinical elements from the beginning of the course I found very helpful, and it added some nice variation in the first two theoretical years. The attention given to students on clinical attachments seems to vary greatly between sites from what I’ve heard, but I was very happy with the supervision and guidance I was given during my placements.
As a retake student, I also had a closer contact than most with the pastoral support services, particularly our senior tutor who supported me and checked up on my progress throughout the whole process – both academically and mentally.
I also think that Imperial provides everyone with a lot of opportunities to get involved with research and extracurricular activities, both academic and purely recreational. We had a three week research placement as part of our assessment this year and I’m also doing a summer research project (UROP) which has been encouraged by our tutor and faculty staff, allowing me to gain more experience in the field prior to my intercalated BSc.
Overall I am very happy to be able to study at Imperial and I hope that this positive experience will carry on over my entire six years here.