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Vanessa is a second year medical student at Swansea University Medical School.
7:45am – My alarm goes off and I immediately press the snooze button.
8:10am – I finally leave my bed and I promise myself that tomorrow I will wake up at 7:45am to do some gym work. Instead, I am limited to just five minutes of intense abs and squats. I end up going to the shower with an antalgic gait (avoiding putting weight on one of my feet, as the pressure of exercising hurt my foot). I rush around to get dressed, picking at cereal with no milk, as I’ve run out of time to enjoy a normal breakfast.
9am – I start lectures. At the beginning of the week, we are presented with the case of the week, which could be on any systems, from cardio to respiratory or neurology. Then, as the week unfolds, we touch upon the physiology, investigation, pharmacological and management aspects of the case. I find the lectures so interesting.
12:30pm – Lectures finish. Usually, by this point my brain is fried but despite that, I usually nag my study group to spend no more than five minutes eating so we can go and study for anatomy. They don’t really like it, but they appreciate that the earlier we start, the sooner we will be done.
2:30pm – I finish my study group session. Some of us stick around to practise clinical skills and my stomach is 75% empty! I hear of lot bruits when I auscultate the abdomen (a rumbling stomach).
3:30pm – Finally, I’m home and I enjoy a well-deserved late lunch and catch up with BBC iPlayer.
5pm – This is when I start making my notes or practising some questions online. I am well underway when I realise the gym has closed. Well, next week then! Instead, I play a five minute workout video on YouTube and go back to my books.
8pm – Suddenly, a question crosses my mind: ‘what happened to the rest of the world today?’ I call my family and check the news headlines. Once my mind is at rest, I then carry on with my work.
11pm – Time for my last revision session of the day. I go over anatomy and read a book on pharmacology. Even though by this point nothing sticks in, it’s reassuring knowing I’ve put the work in and this is crucial in medical school.
11:45pm – Time to sleep and I promise myself that I will wake up at 7:45am sharp!
That's a pretty intense day!! I won't look my GP the same anymore:-)
Ouhlala c est intense dit donc mais c'est du boulot comme même tu travailles beaucoup tu te lève tôt bonne journée et à bientôt