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A Day in Anaesthetics

Hey everyone, it’s Ella and I have just finished my fourth year!  Whilst in 4th year, students get the opportunity to choose a month long placement in an area they are interested in – this is known as the Student Selected Module (SSM). There are lots and lots of potential placements (think a 50+ page …

Interview Tips!

Hi I’m Cat, one of the fourth year medical students here at The University of Nottingham! So you’ve submitted your UCAS application, and you’re notified that you’ve been invited to interview at one of the medical schools you’ve applied to… Congratulations! But how on earth do you go about preparing for it?! Review As for …

Shaking it up a bit — studying a semester of medicine abroad

Hi, I’m Amy, hei fra Oslo! Most medical students talk about going to a different country and practicing medicine one day, but the chance to go as part of the course itself is less well advertised. When I started my degree, I never thought I’d spend half of my fourth year studying in Norway, but …

Obstetrics and Gynaecology – Gross or Great?

I’m Georgie, currently in fourth year and earlier this year, I spent 10 weeks on my obstetrics and gynaecology placement.  I particularly remember being at school and telling people I wanted to be a doctor – they would joke ‘but what if you become a gynaecologist? Ew!’. At the time, I’d often giggle along and …

Making the move to university – Home or Away?

My name is Courtney and I’m a 4th year medic. Unlike most of my peers, I’m from the fairly local home town of Lincoln – where many of my friends have been placed for their clinical placements. Going to a local university was only half a coincidence for me – when I was making my …

Studying abroad

Hello from the Land Down-Under! It’s Jane here again! Although since my last blog post, I have moved 11,000 miles from home to the east coast of Australia for five months, for my Paediatrics and Obstetrics & Gynaecology clinical placements! At Nottingham, a large proportion of courses offer opportunities to spend some time studying abroad …

More tips for the wards!

Hi everyone, Jon again with some more high quality wisdom for clinical placements! 3. Learn the surgical sieve This. Consultants have a habit of asking medical students what the causes of things are. My go-to move when that happens is to physically and mentally freeze up, look around me in a panic as if the …

Tips for the wards

Hi there, my name’s Jon and I’m a fourth-year medic doing Specials at Mansfield at the moment. Equipped with six months and two weeks worth of hindsight, I’m hoping to provide some honest and practical tips to help you make the most of your clinical placements / work experience attachments. Even if you aren’t starting …

What qualities make a good doctor?

This was a question I was asked during my med school interview at Nottingham. At the time, I reeled off the key qualities I felt were important, such as leadership, team working, communication and time-keeping skills as well as empathy. At the time though, I didn’t fully grasp how these qualities made a good doctor. …

Adventurous extracurriculars!

Hi I’m Alice and I’m just starting my fourth year. I’m going to be talking about the great range of sporting activities to get stuck into at university especially for someone who doesn’t have a particular interest in sport. As a medic, your day is always filled with lectures or time on the wards and …