Disability Recognition Month: Studying Medicine with a chronic disability

My name is Dana, I am a 4th year medical student… This is the typical opening sentence for clinical skills sessions, whenever there are interactions with patients or other healthcare professionals during placements, and last but not least, during the feared OSCEs. I would like to add today to that opening sentence: My name is …

Fundraising for the Medic’s Musical 2022/23: RENT

As many of you will know, Nottingham Medical School has a long-standing beloved tradition of performing a musical of choice. My name is Ïa and I am the Producer of this year’s Medic’s Musical – to be performed by our penultimate year medical students in March 2023. Here’s our go-fund-me if you’d like to give …

50 at 50: Life Lessons From A Current Medical Student

As you approach your first day of medical school, many of you will be excitedly (or nervously) looking up videos on whether to use Anki or Quizlet, reading blog posts of people telling you you don’t need a colander, and trying to figure out whether those nightclub tickets you bought are a scam or not. Although the advice in this blog may not seem like the information you …

50 at 50: Black History Month and Diversifying Medicine

For Black History Month this year, Medsoc has been showcasing the contributions of twelve Black healthcare workers and will be hosting an Instagram takeover in collaboration with ACMN and BME medics. Medsoc itself, acts as a representation for all students in Nottingham’s School of Medicine and within Medsoc, there are a range of BME medical societies that represent a variety of ethnic …

Medicine, Nottingham and the Adventures beyond

One of our 2017 graduates got in touch to share his experiences studying medicine at Nottingham and what he got up to after graduating. This is Dr Arjunaa Wimalathasan’s story. Born and raised in the South of London, the son of refugees and the brother of an over achieving sister, a lot of my childhood …

Medical school: Education or Competition?

It is widely acknowledged that medical school is a competitive environment. It is worth thinking about, even as you consider applying, who exactly we should be in competition with – ourselves, our peers, the sibling your parents promise isn’t their favourite? Most people apply to medical school with the simple intention of improving other people’s …

Coping with anxiety at medical school

People often ask me what anxiety feels like and I normally respond with something like this: “You know that feeling in your stomach when you are going down stairs and miss a step? It’s that, all the time.” Then they tend to ask me: “But… you do medicine? Isn’t that a really stressful course?” Truth …

The BMA: what is it and how can you get the most out of your membership?

Hi everyone, my name’s Twishaa and I’m a third-year medic. This year I’m grateful to have been elected Deputy Chair of the British Medical Association (BMA)’s Medical Students Committee (MSC) and Chair of their Welfare Subcommittee. The BMA MSC is made of elected reps from each medical school. As a committee, we are the representation …

Welfare – who supports students?

Hi everyone, Hannah again. I’m writing in my role as Student Voice rep this week to tell you all about welfare things here at Nottingham. Hopefully it will be useful for both potential students and current students 🙂 Welfare here is organised both by students and the medical school/university. Medical students can obviously access all …