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Surviving your first year at medical school

The BMA is here to support you throughout your career, from when you’re thinking of becoming a doctor to preparing for retirement.

Your first day of medical school can be daunting, not least for figuring out room numbers and building names, but adjusting to life in a new place, with new people.

Find out how the BMA can help you through your first year.


Use our learning resources to get ahead with your studies

We offer medical students a range of resources to help you stay on top of your studies. From time management to career planning, our webinars and revision courses are available to BMA members.

Stay on top of healthcare topics by reading your free copy of the BMJ Student if you’re a member and use the BMA library as an extra study space with hundreds of e-books and e-journals at your fingertips.

Find out more.


Choosing a medical specialty

It might seem like it’s far away but why not see what medical specialty could be for you?

It takes 15 minutes to answer a few questions to get a report sent to you directly offering the top ten medical specialists best suited to you.

Get started


Top tips for surviving medical school

Read the BMA blogs to get an insight into what life as a medical student is like.


Have you thought about having a mentor?

Having someone to talk to about your early career who has been in the same situation as you, could help you to feel confident about taking the first steps into your medical career.

While your medical school should provide support and advice, there are plenty of mentoring schemes to get involved with if you think that could work for you.

Read more about mentoring schemes