Jesus College Medical and Veterinary Society

MEDICINE AT CAMBRIDGE - First Year

When you start your first year at Jesus, there's no doubt that it will feel daunting!   Your supervisors are there to help and will assist you all the way through. This year, you will be mainly studying how the body works in its healthy state: anatomy, physiology and biochemistry are covered. In addition, you will be taught about statistics and understanding the world of medicine by numbers, and also the role of medicine in society. There will be a chance to visit patients for the first time in your Preparing for Patients Project.  

 

FUNCTIONAL ARCHITECTURE OF THE BODY

 

In this module you will learn anatomy and embrology with full cadaver dissections, lectures and several applied anatomy sessions in the dissection room. In Michaelmas, you cover upper limb and the thorax. In Lent, the abdomen and lower limb. The practical sessions are usually quite sociable and you are grouped with other medics from different colleges - a great way to make friends!

 

HOMEOSTASIS

 

In HOM you take major body systems in turn and study the processes occurring within them and their importance in maintaining a constant internal environment for the body. In Michaelmas you cover intercellular communication, muscle, and the heart and circulation. In Lent Term you learn about respiration, fluids and electrolytes, and digestion. Finally in Easter Term you study endocrinology. Practical sessions involve experiments often using yourselves as subjects, and tend to be quite fun. Histology involves studying the microscopic structure of the tissues covered in lectures, and examining how their structure relates to their function. 

 

MOLECULES IN MOLECULAR SCIENCE

 

MIMS covers the molecular basis of normal cellular function. In Michaelmas the topics are centered around diabetes and include protein structure, metabolism, nutrition and cell signalling. In Lent, the topics are centred around cancer and include the cell cycle, cell replication, transcription and translation and also genetics. There is only one practical session per term, which teaches core practical skills used throughout biochemistry. 
 

INTRODUCTION TO SCIENTIFIC BASIS OF MEDICINE & SOCIAL CONTEXT OF HEALTH AND ILLNESS

 

ISBM introduces you to some simple medical statistics and epidemiology, while SCHI covers how factors like age, gender and wealth affect health. Unlike the other modules, these are assessed at the end of Lent term - luckily you only need to pass them for the 2MB!