My I’ve been to GP surgeries before as part of my work experience, but today I had my first placement through medical school. I’ve only just started my course so I still don’t have the knowledge to understand all the illnesses that the patients presented with, but I thought it would still be interesting to take some time to reflect on how different or similar this GP visit was to previous ones I’ve had. And also think about some of the things I may have learnt or gained an insight of from this visit…

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One of the things about student life or studying Medicine in particular is that it can be stressful at times, there’s no denying that. With Medicine, I don’t think anybody fully appreciates the sheer extent of information that you’re expected to intake, until they’re actually there. I’m only in my fourth week, but keeping up and having so many resources and different aspects of the course being constantly thrown at you means that there is a stream of work endlessly slowly towards you. There’s a vast barrage of information and also a whole new way of learning to suddenly have to adjust to…

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One of the trickiest things about the BMAT is that you have to sit it during term time (if you’re sitting it on the November date). Any of you considering it now will be in the difficult position of dividing yourself across revising for the BMAT and revising for your A levels for 2 whole months. But if doesn’t have to be one or the other…what’s the best way to manage your time when it comes to BMAT vs A levels?

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So here I am, in a my very messy bedroom, my packed bags are sitting on the floor in front of me all ready to move out with me. I have my new laptop perched on my knee; my fingers are ready to unleash my inner emotions on to the keys. Tonight, for the first time after this, long Summer holiday I’ll have to set an alarm to wake me up in the morning. After 2-3 years of working towards this, tomorrow I will be waking up and making my way to the Medicine welcome lecture. It’s practically a dream come true, all my prayers answered to be starting on this journey; and here I am reflecting on the wild mix of emotions and thoughts floating through my head right now.

So how am I truly feeling about starting university? That is the question.
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I’ve recently been reflecting on the topic of giving back. This is something we should all take a step back and think about; when was the last time each of us did something to help others in need? There’s so much misfortune all over the globe and quite often we find ourselves turning a blind eye to the tragedy after tragedy that whirlwinds around our planet. It may create less heartache to sometimes ignore the pain and misery our fellow human beings are suffering through, but perhaps it’s time for us all to ask ourselves this question: are we really doing enough?

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It’s not uncommon for people to be frightened of or even refuse to have an MRI scan. Up until today all I knew was that an MRI scan generates images using a magnetic field (from GCSE Physics) and that the machine looks like a tunnel which you are moved through (from photographs). This morning however, I woke up and went to the hospital to have an MRI scan taken for myself. I thought it would be interesting to reflect on this experience seeing as I have been on the other side of this situation when I was involved in trying to encourage a child to go for a CT scan during my volunteering on a Children’s Ward.
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