10 THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT LIFE AT MEDICAL SCHOOL

Life at Med school involves drinking lots of tea in front of your laptop. When you tell people you’ve applied for Medicine, you might hear a lot about what to expect – especially about the workload. However, there are some things you might not know about studying medicine and life at med school. From the course-life balance, the value of the internet and more, here are a list of ten things you might be surprised by…

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WHY MEDICINE? – IN 10 WORDS

Why Medicine?

One of the truths about choosing do study Medicine is that, from the moment you decide to go down that road, you are bombarded with the same question. Why Medicine? You’d think that once you get into the medical school, you’ll never be asked that question ever again, but you are, and many times over and over. And this is such a long question to answer, because I know my reasons required 4,000 characters in my personal statement. So, that gave me the idea, is it possible for it to be answered in just 10 words or less?

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MY FIRST PROGRESS TEST!

The Progress Test - brush lettering
Today I had my first official exam at medical school and it was what’s known as the “progress test”. This is a form of assessment used by some, but not every medical school. It’s essentially a test that all the students in the medical school (yes, ALL the first years ALL the way to the fifth years) take, with the aim that as you progress through the years your result should improve.

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BEING THE PBL CHAIR…

If you’ve got as far as clicking on the post I’m guessing you know of or have even heard of PBL before. If you are familiar with this method of learning you’ll know that it involves a group of about 10 people working together to dissect a case and then collectively come up with a list of questions which then serve as a learning agenda for a week. A chair is appointed for the week as well as a scribe. The chair typically directs the discussion and aids the involvement of the whole group whilst the scribe keeps track of it on a whiteboard. This week I decided to take on the role of being the chair for the first time, and I thought well why not write about it here…

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