RSCH take medical students from Southampton and St Georges Medical Schools and physician associate students from the University of Surrey.  We also welcome enquiries from medical students wishing to do elective placements here.

Our St Georges students have Year 4 placements in Paediatrics and Year 5 placements in A&E, Critical Care Anaesthesia, and Surgery Assistantships.  Our Southampton students have Year 5 placements in Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Surgery and Medicine.

Your experience will include:-

  • Different clinics and ward duties
  • A varied teaching programme
  • A full induction and tour of the hospital
  • Simulation training
  • Access to our Library facilities
  • A teaching programme led by Foundation Trainees
  • An invitation to our well regarded mock OSCE

As testament to the excellent programme we have in place for medical students, following their placements with us, many medical students have returned here for their Foundation training.


Mr Mark Pontin, A&E Consultant and Head of Undergraduates

I trained at St Thomas’s and then completed house jobs there and in Guildford before taking an anatomy demonstrating job in Southampton and passing the old primary FRCS exam. An A&E SHO job at the John Radcliffe in Oxford put A&E into my thoughts as a possible career and was followed by basic surgical training in Brighton (which included ICU, neurosurgery, urology, orthopaedics and general and vascular surgery) which was then the usual route into A&E.

After I passed the old FRCS part 2 exam I worked in New Zealand in orthopaedics and ICU for 6 months before returning to the UK. I initially worked in non-training middle grade posts at St Peters and St Georges and as a locum SHO in paediatrics at the Royal Surrey before entering registrar training on the old South West Thames Georges based rotation. I passed what is now the FRCEM examination in 2004 and became a consultant at the Royal Surrey the following year. I was clinical director for A&E between 2007 and 2014. I am also the undergraduate tutor at the Royal Surrey responsible for medical students here and associate clinical subdean of Southampton medical school. I am an ATLS course director, an ALS medical director and an EPLS instructor. I am an examiner for both MRCEM and FRCEM and I am a member of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine’s educational committee. I have a voluntary role on the medical advisory board of the Clinical Research Centre which is part of the University of Surrey. My subspecialty interest is education and the goal is to lead a department which is an enjoyable place to work with plenty of support whenever it is required. Our last CQC patient survey placed us within the top 10 departments in the UK for patient satisfaction.

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