NATIONAL MEDICAL SCHOOL EXAMS – FOR NEWBIES!

This is a guest post written by Diana, an intercalating medical student at UCL.

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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 can’t practice medicine in the UK. But don’t worry today we will break down these exams and help you understand what they are and why medical students take them.

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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 beggining of a lifelong battle with mental illness. Continue reading “MENTAL ILLNESS – THE BURDENS & BLESSINGS”

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 is Saturday morning. On any other Saturday of my life, I would be waking only when my body is ready. But this month is different. My body no longer calls the shots. Continue reading “THAT SINKING FEELING: SLEEP DEPRIVATION AS A MEDICAL STUDENT”

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 or that it was an actual disorder. Depression, I have had mild bouts of on and off for as long as I can remember. Borderline personality disorder came as a surprise but it explained so many things of why I am who I am that it was actually a relief. Continue reading “BALLOONS & THE BRAIN | Q&A 🎈”

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 case at my medical school, fortnight) and getting excited over all the exciting new words that were put down on my timetable. I was completely unaware of the challenges that would face me. As far as I was concerned, I was going to go to medical school, have a bit of fun, learn a little bit of medicine and become a doctor.

I can’t help but feel that I was rather naïve before I did start. I don’t think – or at least, I hope not – that I was the only one who entered medical school with that naïve mind set. Now, in my second year of medical school, I have some idea of the challenges that face medical students – many of which, may I add, were completely unprecedented. Familiar challenges did also arise, however, and these were similar to the challenges that I had felt during my A-Levels.

Exactly what are the differences between Sixth Form and Medical School?  Continue reading “FIRST YEARS AT MEDICAL SCHOOL VS SIXTH FORM: HOW BIG IS THE DIFFERENCE?”

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 weeks on the trauma ward, on-call shifts and time on the orthogeriatric hip fracture unit. For the purposes of this post though, I’ll talk you through what a normal day is like for me on the trauma ward. Continue reading “A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A JUNIOR DOCTOR!”

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 incredibly effective learning environments, if you approach them properly. While these tips are geared towards medical students, they are also useful for premed or school students, looking to make the most out of their work experience! Try some of the tips below, to make sure you get the most out of any clinical attachments… Continue reading “HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF CLINICAL PLACEMENTS & WORK EXPERIENCE”

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 how we should use the NHS? I am extremely grateful for our NHS and sincerely hope that it still standing when I am old and crippling, but at the moment, I feel that the NHS in itself is crippling due to underfunding of resources and a lack of education to the British public on how to correctly use it!
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