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Hull York Medical School begins life as new Dean launches prospectus

Posted on 16 April 2002

The Hull York Medical School, (known as HYMS) becomes a reality with the arrival of its new Dean and the launch of its first prospectus.

HYMS is the landmark new medical school established by the Universities of York and Hull to serve 1.4 million people, the largest population in England not currently covered by an undergraduate medical school.

The school has been established in answer to a national need for more doctors and will take 130 students a year from 2003. But recruitment begins much earlier, as students plan their university applications this spring.

Students at HYMS will be based at one of the two universities, and will have clinical attachments in primary care and hospitals in North Yorkshire, the East Riding and Northern Lincolnshire.

Students are expected to be attracted by the international reputation of both universities: both have respected nurse training programmes, and Hull already has a large postgraduate medical school. York hosts the largest group of health policy researchers in the world and an international reputation for research and teaching in biosciences.

The medical school curriculum provides an unusual variety of study, with rural and urban contrasts, a strong emphasis on community-based medicine, a focus on evidence-based treatments, and the teaching of communications and management skills.

HYMS aims to improve healthcare services in an area with significant health deprivation and is expected to boost the regional economy through developments in biomedical and health services research. It is also hoped that it will help recruit and retain high-quality clinical staff and create new jobs.

Professor Gillespie said: "The School will be providing a world-class opportunity to study an exciting and forward-thinking curriculum. We'll be attracting and educating the very best. This bright new prospectus highlights the huge amount each university, and the region, has to offer."

Notes to editors:

Students will graduate with a degree from both universities

Copies of the HYMS prospectus are available from the admissions offices of both universities

  • University of Hull: 08701262000
  • University of York: 01904 433527

Contact details

David Garner
Senior Press Officer

Tel: +44 (0)1904 322153