Juggling a Part-Time Job & Studying Medicine

This is a guest post written by Daisy a second-year medical student. As I’m power walking through town and scoffing my sandwich in a desperate attempt to make it clinical skills after working a six-hour shift I wonder why I’m doing this. Then in communication skills, we cover talking about embarrassing subjects with patients. I…

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Studying Medicine With a Disability – My Thoughts & Experiences so Far

This is a guest post written by Elle, a 3rd-year medical student. I met a Doctor called Emma when I was 9 years old. She sat on my hospital bed and asked me what TV shows I love. My reply was, ironically, Doctor Who. I don’t really know why this, in particular, is so clear,…

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National Medical School Exams – for Newbies!

This is a guest post written by Diana, an intercalating medical student at UCL. So you want to be a doctor? Today we will be breaking down the exams that final year medical students take. Although it may seem like a long way away it is important to know about these exams, as without them you…

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FIBROMYALGIA: THE HIDDEN TORMENT

By Bethany Evans Fibromyalgia is an invisible chronic illness. An invisible illness is a condition that doesn’t have noticeable symptoms and a chronic illness is a condition that is long lasting (usually over 3 months).

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MENTAL ILLNESS – THE BURDENS & BLESSINGS

By Nikki McClusky   Around age 5 the symptoms of my poor mental health began to manifest.  Mother and father were convinced I was possessed.  It took but mere days when I found myself on the giant leather chair. Swinging my itty bitty feet and hiding my face in the squeaky shiny armrest. This was the…

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THAT SINKING FEELING: SLEEP DEPRIVATION AS A MEDICAL STUDENT

By Dr. Sujay Kansagra​ My body jolts awake to a familiar sound. After a few blind swipes, my blows hit their target, and once again, there is silence. The air in the room is cool and crisp, and every fiber of my being wants me to remain in the welcoming warmth under the covers. It…

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BALLOONS & THE BRAIN | Q&A 🎈

With Emma (Balloons & The Brain) What mental illness do you have? General anxiety disorder, recurrent depression and borderline personality disorder. 2 years ago I received the official diagnosis of GAD and recurrent depression – these were of no surprise. I always had the symptoms of anxiety, just never knew exactly what was going on…

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FIRST YEARS AT MEDICAL SCHOOL VS SIXTH FORM: HOW BIG IS THE DIFFERENCE?

By TheDepressedMedStudent A common question that lots of people have asked me in the past is: are you enjoying medical school? It’s a very good question. It just seems like yesterday that I was sitting in my bedroom at home, packing my bags, looking through the events scheduled for fresher’s week (or, as is the…

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A JUNIOR DOCTOR!

By Jennifer (Ginevrella) I’m going to be taking you through what a day in the life of a junior doctor is like right now. Before we begin, my days can vary wildly – you might say there is no such thing as a typical day for a junior doctor. In my current job, I rotate between…

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HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF CLINICAL PLACEMENTS & WORK EXPERIENCE

By Chidera Ota At medical school, it can be tempting to spend your time in the library or at your desk, writing out notes, memorising mnemonics and getting through your pile of ‘must-read’ textbooks. However, it’s important to not take any time you have in hospitals, on the wards, for granted; these can actually be…

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WHAT ARE MY EXPERIENCES OF MENTAL HEALTH?

By Abbie Mitchell What are my experiences of mental health? You ask.That differs each day and depends on which face I mask. Some days I wonder whether I even struggle,My mind is content and happy like a mental cuddle! I’ll feel warm, independent and ready to go,Like a summer breeze inside me, I radiate, I…

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THE NHS: UNDERFUNDED, UNDERDOCTORED & OVERSTRETCHED

By Let’s Talk Medicine The NHS has been under public scrutiny recently more than ever before. Why is this? Is it because people are using the NHS in a wreckless manner? Are these attempts to establish a national private health care service? Or is it because as a nation we are not educated enough on…

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