• My Fears for Medical School

    • 15 Sep 2016
    I didn't get into medicine. Until I did. As results day dawned, I was convinced that whatever grades I got, I would be fine. And I was. When I saw I'd got AAB, the letters that effectively tossed all chances of studying undergraduate medicine out the conveniently placed window, I shrugged and told myself I'd never wanted to be a doctor anyway. I promptly proceeded to research Anthropology degrees (my original...
  • Surgery - the past, present and future

    • 12 Jul 2016
    Having now seen surgery in two hospitals across four specialties I finally had a chance to try some surgery myself! Yes - I am not a surgeon or even a medical student for that matter, and before you ask no, I did not kidnap anyone and no, it was not in a real operating theatre. I should also add that it was all legal. So how? I was lucky enough to attend a session on surgical skills at University College London Hospital...
  • An agent of change

    • 30 Jun 2016
    Exam season is over and the UCAS cycle has begun. This is it, the moment I have been anticipating for a long time, the beginning of my application to study medicine. First, it is important to remember the moment that made me sure that studying medicine was what I want to do. I have always been fascinated by the human body, its complex inner working and the sheer detail that each organ and each system contains. I am...
  • Fell down? Don't stay down.

    • 11 May 2016
    Applying to medicine often just feels like continuously jumping over impossibly high hurdles with not much resemblance of where the finish line is. Is it getting an offer? Is it getting the grades? Is it graduating medical school? Is it treating your...
  • The aftermath

    • 25 Apr 2016
    The night I got my offer I was at a friends house having curry. I knew that I was meant to hear back from the university that week so I was on edge every time my phone buzzed: dreading the worst but hoping for the best. We were sat there on the carp...