Overview of course
- Session 1: July 23rd 2017 – August 5th 2017
- Session 2: August 6th 2017 – August 19th 2017
- Residential in a central University of Cambridge college.
- Classes designed and taught by University tutors.
- A variety of carefully planned skills workshops.
- Dedicated university and subject-specific advice.
- Inclusive of all excursions and extracurriculars.
- Diverse range of international participants.
- Participant Assessment.
- Certificate of Participation.
Cambridge Immerse is a unique two week residential educational experience with a diverse and enriching curriculum, designed and taught by Cambridge University and Oxford University tutors. Tutorials and seminars are taught by experts in an optimal learning environment that stimulates academic enquiry; yet the carefully planned schedule ensures that the programme not only meets the academic needs of the participants, but also provides a unique insight into the university city through an abundance of extracurricular activities.
The Cambridge Immerse Medicine course is both challenging and engaging, with students learning in small groups to ensure that each student’s needs are addressed. Students are taught university-level topics in a way that is approachable and easy to understand. The Cambridge Immerse Medicine course is perfect for those considering studying Medicine at university level. As well as introducing students to topics explored at the undergraduate level, the course introduces students to more advanced topics and debates that will not only spur intellectual curiosity, but assist in preparing to study Medicine at leading universities.
Academic Content & Learning Objectives
Cambridge Immerse introduces students to the world of undergraduate medicine, giving them an unrivalled insight into what to expect if they choose to study medicine at university. Our aim is to help students develop an in-depth understanding of some of the most important aspects of medical science and to familiarise them with the key advances and debates within the discipline. Students can expect to study topics as wide-ranging as medical biology and anatomy to ethics and philosophy. A diverse range of topics are explored during the programme, and a sample of previous topics that have been explored can be viewed boxes below:
Genes, Chromosomes and their manipulation: structure, inheritance and expression of the cell’s genetic material
DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is a biomolecule that holds the blueprint for living organisms. A gene is a segment of DNA that is passed down from parents to children and confers a trait to the offspring. Genes are organized and packaged in units called “chromosomes.” Humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes. One set of chromosomes for each pair comes from each parent. We will deal with the nature of genes and the role of chromosomes in heredity, together with the genetics of prokaryotes and the advent of genetic engineering. Next we will consider the way in which genetics can be understood at the molecular level in terms of the replication, transcription and translation of DNA. This will be followed by a brief introduction to recombinant DNA technology, its application in “cloning” and the revolution this has produced in our understanding of cell biology over the last three decades and its contribution to understanding the genetic basis of disease.
Epigenetics: What makes us different even when we are equal?
As an organism grows and develops, carefully orchestrated chemical reactions activate and deactivate parts of the genome at strategic times and in specific locations. Epigenetics is the study of heritable changes in gene expression that do not involve changes to the underlying DNA sequence; a change in phenotype without a change in genotype. Epigenetic change is a regular and natural occurrence but can also be influenced by several factors including age, the environment/lifestyle, and disease state. We will discuss how epigenetic modifications are essential for processes of cell differentiation into all the different tissues, as well as cell memory. Failures in epigenetic maintenance can have damaging effects, resulting in diseases like cancer. At least three systems including DNA methylation, histone modification and noncoding RNA are currently considered to initiate and sustain epigenetic change.
Cancer: A disease of sick cells
Cancer is an uncontrolled growth of body cells. Despite advances in the medical sciences in the past 100 years, cancer still remains a major killer and a significant health problem across the globe. What causes cancer and how are some forms of cancer preventable? We will discuss the “hallmarks” of cancer and understand why it is such a life-threatening disease. We will discuss different cancer types and how doctors identify cancer in order to treat them. We will learn new cancer treatments which are revolutionizing the field of medicine. We will learn about the role of our DNA in cancer and identify different “models” of cancer to mimic the human disease and how these have been instrumental in identifying novel treatments by identifying novel “drug targets”. We will also provide thoughts on how to make more effective “dream” medicine for cancer.
Attending Cambridge Immerse has taught me invaluable lessons that go beyond the framework of classroom learning. I feel that after two weeks I have developed both intellectually and as a person in general, a result of the rapid pace of teaching and the fantastically motivated group of peers I learned alongside. – Sophie, United Kingdom
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