Medicine at Cambridge

(upbeat music) – I chose to study Medicine at Cambridge because I’m interested in the
traditional core structure with two years of preclinical teaching, one year of intercalation
and then three years in the hospital with clinical experience. – What makes studying
Medicine at Cambridge really unique is the scientific basis of medicine that’s really key, alongside this quite unique
set of teaching methods. – You understand the reasons
behind the things we do in medicine, not just learning
if this then that. – So we have three courses,
the standard course which is six years long,
there’s a graduate entry program which takes graduate students each year onto an accelerated four year program and then finally for people
who are very interested in research, and we run an MB/PhD program. We are actually putting
into practice the phrase, ‘education in a research rich environment’. – So the teaching facilities at Cambridge have been really good. We get lectures, seminars,
practicals and supervisions. – With the supervisions you get a chance to interact with an academic
who may well be researching that particular field, and
so that doesn’t just mean you get to consolidate
with the lecture material, you get to go far beyond it. – Because of the unique hands
on cadaveric dissection component, we have 40 plus donors and
they’re generous people who’ve donated their bodies
in order that our students can learn anatomy from them,
so that’s very special. – Students move from needing to be taught to being able to learn for themselves. – The greatest resource
is Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the regional hospitals. – In fourth and fifth
year we have these things called student selecting components or student selected
placements in the hospital. It just means that you can pursue the things that interest you and the things that
you’re passionate about. – This year I was able to watch 12 births and I’m particularly
interested in pregnancy and in birth and it’s
such a special moment in any family’s life and
I was able to be there to see this happen 12
times, it was amazing. – I got to spend some time in
the Anaesthetics Department. I’d been taught how to manage
the airway of a patient and I realised that what I was doing was holding the head of another
human being in my hands, very literally keeping her alive. And I was doing that as a
fourth year medical student, I was literally keeping a patient
alive and that was exactly what I was hoping to
come into Medicine for and I was getting to do
that nearly from day one, so it was fantastic. (motivational music) – So an important aspect
of studying Medicine is you’re not just sitting
there reading textbooks, we learn a lot of transferable skills. Living nowadays for most
jobs, communication skills are really, really important, so then Cambridge trains
that into you really well. – So I wanna be a doctor after I graduate but after having some research experience, I’m tempted to combine it
with a bit of research. – So I’m very interested in
becoming an obstetrician, which is a doctor that
deals with pregnant women. – Once I graduate, my
plan is to have a career in neurosurgery, alongside
that I’ve been bitten by the research bug since I’ve been here so hopefully I’ll be able
to do some clinical research or laboratory research alongside
my practice as a doctor. – In the final year, students apply for the UK Foundation
Programme. We have a very high success rate there and following on that, students will then go on
into a wide rage of careers including general practice and psychiatry, academic medicine, medical specialties, surgical specialties, across the board. – If you’re thinking of
applying to Cambridge, I think my message is
absolutely go for it. – I would suggest getting
some work experience in a hospital or GP surgery
and asking them about the challenges of being a doctor but also the positive points of being
in the medical profession. – It’s a lot of hard work but the rewards are absolutely worth
it, every single time.

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