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Life as an international student

Accents, bad stereotypes and a culture shock; the typical ABCs of being an international student. Coming from Singapore, a tremendously westernized country, I did not believe I would struggle with any of these when I moved here to study medicine. That’s where I was wrong. Food Life is so different here from back home in …

Interviews *Cue dramatic music*

February… Peak of winter and interview season! Some of you must be preparing anxiously for your upcoming interviews. I had my interview for Nottingham in the middle of February. The wait before the interview was full of panicked preparation. It didn’t help that I was quite clueless about MMIs but fret not, here’s a breakdown of what …

Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM)

What: It’s a shortened four-year medicine course for graduates. It gives people from different ages and backgrounds another route to come into medicine Advantages… Shorter course! Allows a different route into medicine to people who might not have been able to access it at 18 More independent learning NHS funding from years 2-4 to help …

Regional GP work experience scheme

A total of 20 aspiring doctors took part in a Health Education England-funded GP work experience scheme targeted at year 12 students across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire. The aim of this initiative is to improve access to medicine for students from less advantaged backgrounds in the East Midlands. Eligibility to this scheme was designed to align with the …

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 …

Hello from Australia!

Hello and welcome from sunny Australia! My name’s Josh and I’m a final-year student currently on my elective at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. The Elective What exactly is an elective, I hear you ask? Well, after enduring the trials and stresses of final exams in February, the elective is our reward: a …

What happens after Medical School?

Hi everyone, it’s TJ again. I’ve just finished my final exams at medical school and am busy sorting out what I’ll be doing when I start work as a junior doctor in August. Here’s a quick overview of what happens after medical school: The current training pathway After studying for 4-6 years at medical school, …

The wait for university offers…

If you’re still waiting for university offers, have a re-read of Fern’s great advice on how to stay positive! My name is Fern Buller and, in some sort of miracle, I am now a second year medical student at Nottingham. This past year has been the most amazing experience; I have loved almost every moment …

Medical school admissions — Multi Mini Interviews (MMI)

Hayley again, with some advice on MMI! The University of Nottingham School of Medicine has recently moved from the traditional interview style to the multi mini interview (MMI) format which many universities seem to be doing nowadays. What is the MMI format like? From my own experience of the MMI format at Bristol University, the …

Life as a second year medical student

Hi there, my name’s Hayley and I’m a second year medical student at Nottingham. I remember coming back to med school thinking “first year is officially over, I’m a fifth way through the course-it’s all going so fast!” Accommodation Life as a second year is great so far, especially living in a nice house with …