2008-2018: Celebrating 10 years of HYMS graduates

Looking back over the last decade

Hull York Medical School is a different kind of medical school. The joint medical school of the Universities of Hull and York, was established in 2003 in response to the need to train and recruit more doctors locally to meet workforce needs. Since then they have been inspiring future medical professionals with the research, skills and knowledge they need to deliver brilliant healthcare.

From the beginning the vision was clear – to improve the lives of patients locally. Through a unique partnership with the Universities of Hull and York, regional NHS trusts and community healthcare providers, we have developed an innovative medicine programme – centred on problem based learning, clinical and communication skills and early and sustained clinical exposure. Although a young school, their impact is already being felt.

Since 2003 they have trained over 1000 doctors and 2018 represents their 10th graduating cohort of MB BS students. Many of these are now working as GPs, psychiatrists and consultants throughout the region and are delivering brilliant healthcare to communities.

Hull York Medical school now have a suite of postgraduate programmes delivered by world-leading expert clinicians and researchers providing a stimulating and supportive environment in which to learn.

The impact goes beyond teaching and learning. Thanks to the research they are not only making a difference locally, but are impacting national and international health agendas, in areas such as cancer research, palliative medicine, mental health and global public health. 

We all know that healthcare is changing rapidly but the vision remains clear. Hull York Medical School will continue to ensure that students graduate with the knowledge and skills needed to deliver brilliant care and to improve the lives of patients within Yorkshire and beyond.

HYMS Graduates 2018

Hear what our graduates have to say about what it means to be a #HullYorkMedic:

“When people ask where I trained, I tell them I went to Hull York Medical School with a sense of pride. The way medical education was delivered felt new and innovative, and I gained confidence in communication and non-technical skills. As a Consultant in Emergency Medicine, these skills are invaluable in my work and without them I would not be where I am today.”

Dr Damian Garwell, MB BS FRCEM, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Class of 2008

“I started Hull York Medical School with my fellow pioneering students in September 2003 and I had no idea what an adventure I was about to embark on. I really valued the early patient contact and small group work and my confidence grew over the first phase of teaching. I have friends and colleagues for life, many working close by, thanks to the medical school. I am currently working as a GP locally in York and am looking forward to teaching the next generation of medical students and postgraduates. I’m completing the PGCHPE with Hull York Medical School at present and it’s so nice to see some familiar faces on campus!”

Dr Abbie Brookes, MB BS, GP, Class of 2008

“My time at the Hull York Medical School has been truly special. The overwhelming positive impact my experience at the Hull York Medical School has had on my practice as a vascular surgeon cannot be quantified. I cannot recommend the support, dedication of the staff and resources available at this exciting medical school enough. From the core skills and clinical competencies learned at MB BS level, through to my postgraduate development – the education, its passionate delivery and the direct translation into the real world environment has been outstanding.”

Mr Sandip Nandhra MBBS MD PGCME PGCDI FHEA MRCS, Vascular Surgeon, Class of 2008 and Class of 2018

“The things that drive me to be a good doctor are being surrounded by such driven and enthusiastic colleagues, who equally want to do good and have an impact on patients’ lives. I’m about to enter into the NHS and work as a doctor, and hopefully all my hard will pay off and I can make a difference.”

Christian Wake, FY1 Doctor, Class of 2018