Anonymous said: Do medical students in the UK get to go on international placements in countries such as the US or Canada? Could you explain a little bit about how this fits into your programme (ie, is it a requirement to work abroad?)
Hola! Towards the end of the course, all students are required to undertake an elective. This can be done in the UK or abroad, some people stay local to save money, others go on placements in rural parts of Africa. There are options to go to the US and Canada as well. It’s up to each person to organise their own elective.
I’m not aware of any medical schools offering any other times to go abroad during the curriculum. You could always go abroad in the holidays, but again it’s something you’d have to organise yourself.
Hope this helps!
Anonymous said: Hello! Im too shy to ask this not on anon & im not sure if you even have any advice. I sat the UKCAT and had a brain moment, freaked, and bombed it. I left half the answers blank (i know! i stressed! but i got band 1 on situational!) So i feel like im stuck between really good course grades, and the worst perfomrance of my life on the CAT (embarassingly bad). Do you think its even worth cont. to apply to schools? Or should i wait and resit and suck up the wasted yr? thnx!
Hello! Sorry for not replying earlier, I don’t seem to get notifications when I have messages any more.
Not all medical schools put equal weighting on the UKCAT. If your UKCAT is really bad then you may be better off applying to universities that use the BMAT (which is a more difficult exam), don’t consider UKCAT at all (Bristol didn’t when I applied, this might have changed though!) or put a lot weighting on UKCAT. If your grades are otherwise good then there’s no reason not to apply this year, it might just affect where you’re able to apply.
I hope this was helpful to a degree! I applied in 2008 so I suspect a lot of the criteria have changed, but there are lots of online sites (such as thestudentroom) that offer up tips.
Got my GMC number today.
Scary! But exciting! Mostly scary though.
I have a number. Assuming I pass finals and everything this is the number I will have for the rest of my career. My special number. My special doctor number. Eep.
Tomorrow is our six-monthiversary.
It’s also my parents 24th wedding anniversary which is a bit weird that they’re on the same day but celebrations all around. Woooo.
God I’m tired
Like really tired. I also feel quite flat and depressiony, but I don’t know if that’s because I’m tired or which one is causing the other.
Want to go home and sleep, but we haven’t even started seeing my patients on the ward round yet.
I did accidentally miss my sertraline dose on Tuesday so I might just be paying the price for that. Wouldn’t have thought it would cause this many problems.
wutzittooya said: hi, im really worried i might have taken too much meds, i dont remember if i took them last night or this morning, its 11:45 pm and i just took a singulair (10mg) and a zyrtek and im only supposed to have one of each every 24 hrs. pls help
I don’t think either would do any lasting damage, you might feel a bit sleepy or something. I’m not a pharmacist though. Just take them in the evening from now on?
Death and Deciles
Started a three week placement at a local hospice today. It’s all very nice and very calm. One patient died and I went with the doctor to see him certify the death which was interesting. There were a lot of issues with communication as the family spoke very poor English.
It was a sad day. There was the lovely man who will probably die in the next couple of days, and his lovely wife and lovely sons. There was the wife of the man that died who didn’t know he had died and walked into his room and was desperately inconsolable. There was the man with advanced COPD coming in for respite care who is fed up of waiting to die. It wasn’t cheerful. I need to numb myself a bit.
Also today we got our deciles for where we are ranked in the year. I’m in the 6th decile which is ok I suppose, but I’d have liked to be in the upper half of then year. It bugs me that failing two exams in second year is still screwing me over. But then I know why it happened, I know there are reasons.
Meeting with some friends I haven’t seen for aaaages later this evening so that will be nice. Going round to significant other’s house (4th decile) so he can cook me food and load me up with ice cream.