RCSI Bahrain Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Intermediate Cycle

Intermediate Cycle (3 semesters)

Modern western medicine is built on scientific understanding of the biological basis of disease. That is, many conditions that afflict humans can be understood in terms of disordered structure and function of organs, tissues, cellular processes and so on. The first two semesters of the Intermediate Cycle of the medical curriculum focus on teaching pathology and microbiology, with further contributions from the disciplines of medicine and surgery. Students start with study of key concepts in pathology and microbiology and progress to consider how diseases in organ systems may be understood and classified, how they manifest as patients’ symptoms and signs, and how they might be investigated and managed. The course uses lectures, laboratory work and tutorials to consider these concepts and correlate patients’ underlying pathology with their clinical presentation and management. Combined with ongoing training in physical examination and communication skills, students prepare for entry into the third semester of the Intermediate Cycle.

The third semester has two main components; the Student Selected Component (SSC) and in-hospital attachments in the clinical program. In the SSC, students engage in research by way of original investigation, systematic review of the medical literature or clinical audit. It is undertaken either locally or overseas, in both academic and clinical settings. The hospital attachments of the clinical program are in RCSI Bahrain’s major affiliated hospitals. Here students gain exposure to patient care attached to clinical teams in various medical and surgical specialties.


Intermediate Cycle modules are listed below:

Intermediate Cycle Modules


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