Choosing the right SSC
Taking a risk can be a good thing
Gone are the days when UK medical school curriculums did not take much notice of students’ interests. In 1993 the General Medical Council declared that curriculums were didactic, content driven, and heavily timetabled and recommended implementing student selected components (SSCs): modules within the medical school syllabus that students choose and even design themselves.
SSCs now make up 25-33% of the UK medical curriculums.1 Students can take optional modules on a wide variety of subjects, often exploring disciplines outside clinical medicine, ranging from communicating health information, medical ethics and philosophy to placements in paediatric intensive care.
Depending on which medical school you attend and which year you are in, SSCs can vary in style. During the preclinical years they often involve lecture based teaching over one to three weeks and essay assignments with formative and/or summative assessments at the end. During clinical years, SSCs often require students to undergo a placement