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Peer-based support is excellent in this relatively small medical school and most clinical students identify strongly with William Osler House, the clinical student club run by students. Students are seen individually by the Director of Clinical Studies or his Deputy each year. In addition, each clinical student has a pastoral supervisor, usually a clinician based in their College, whom they meet at least once per term. The college advisor can monitor the student's progress for the whole of the course. In this way, students who are failing to keep up with the course for whatever reason can be offered help at an early stage.
Although clinical studies take up a large part of students' time and must obviously have first claim on their attention, students are encouraged to broaden their educational horizons as much as possible and to pursue other academic interests such as languages and music whenever time allows.
The clinical course is seen increasingly as the first part of a continuing education that progresses seamlessly into the first few years after qualification. This combination of scientific and clinical education, with its emphasis on skills that will enable students to keep up with the latest ideas in medical practice throughout their professional careers, makes the Oxford course an exciting and attractive prospect.