Medicine at Oxford University



we're trying to understand how systems in the body go wrong firstly we want to understand how they go right and then secondly how they can how they can fail for me medicines like the ultimate mix of size and people skills that anything I'd like to do just pure science because there's not enough interaction with people and I wouldn't like to do just pure humanities because it's not like a lot of people have you know Tiffany's and things like that where they realize that medicine is a course for them I think for me it was it was a decision that I spent a lot of time thinking about we have two years of science-based learning and then we do an extra third year and then we go into our clinical studies the first Park is an unashamedly scientific exploration of the basis of medicine and that distinction I think is becoming increasingly rare in medical schools in the UK or medical courses in the UK I really didn't know much about the different topics within medicine but the first three years give you a chance to experience a bit of everything and then see what you like and then delve further into that my first year in medicine Oxford was somewhat overwhelming I would say at the start when they realized it about halfway through the first term that this is actually a big step up and the expectation is actually now on a different level entirely not just for them but for everybody you can see them sort of buckle down and say right I understand I know what it is that's special about where I've come and what's going to be demanded of me there's so little time to learn all the stuff and to learn how you learn the stuff if you if you enjoy what you're doing if you really do like medicine then you know the worker doesn't become such a chore as a second-year medical Oxford my typical week probably looks like about 15 20 hours of lectures and through YouTube and each to be expected to write an essay or prepare a piece of work so there's quite a lot of work involved everybody has the opportunity to be in a primary research lab to do a research project in a lab with groups that are at the cutting edge in the world in their fields and I think that probably is one of the aspects that singles the course out as as unique in the third year that's it's a completely – specialist year so you get to you get to pick your own research project in a field that you enjoy and then secondly you get to pick an option as well that you enjoy so for example I really like to heart so I picked a project that was related to that and then I picked my option which was related to that as well one of the things I think that I'm particularly excited about is the number of research publications that are now permanently part of the primary research list literature and biomedical sciences that have an Oxford undergraduate medical student as one of the authors the teaching is fantastic we're given a lot of support both in college and in the university level and we're often taught by experts in their field which doesn't mean that they're very often very passionate about what they do which is great but they give you loads and loads of information there's no ND of the amount you could possibly learn there's a level of support that runs through the whole the whole course whether it's demonstrators in practicals whether it's tutors in tutorials that will make sure not only that all of the teaching that you need is available but the way you engage with it and the extent to which you understand is also being continuously reinforced collectively the equipment that's available across the Medical Sciences Division across the university and in nearby institutions he is pretty much unsurpassed anywhere the libraries in Oxford are fantastic second to none so you don't just have to open your college library you can work in the Science Library in the bodily and library anywhere around Oxford that libraries everywhere what I would say is unique to Oxford is the it's a kind of a facility it's your college college tutor who is really helpful the advice that they give is it's just it's priceless in terms of the overall delivery of course the one of the uniquenesses is the tutorial system the tutorial system definitely took me a bit of time to settle into I wasn't very vocal 2 million women shoots and I just let a lot of the information wash over me and didn't really offer that much and then we had a meeting with our shooter probably like halfway through the first term and he kind of raised this as a point to me and says you need to participate more and I really made an effort one of the advantages is the Oxford system of course is that nobody who is feeling that they're lost in a particular subject can feel that way for very long without somebody knowing and being in a position to do something to help the fun part is that you get to go way beyond the lecture material so you get to you get to answer you get to think about you know why does why do things happen so much at school learning is this is what you need to learn go away and learn it and there is a dimension to it Oxford but there's also a lot of this is what we're teaching you do you think this is right how can we tell that this is the truth how do we know that what we're being told is correct you know big thing about Oxford is to to think outside the box to be able to think on your feet and these were these were things that I wasn't really talked during college during my school life so things that you pick up quickly during your tutorials it there are several occasions where we've actually rethought a current line of research based on conversations in tutorials before I apply to Oxford I had a lot of myths about the University and then the course itself so things like you know the ridiculous interview questions that you're asked the insane amount of workload that medics get and lastly you know I also kind of thought a stereotype of the medics themselves as you know Tech applicant you know with ridiculously high beam at grades and and things like that and it's it's sad because that merely stopped me from applying to Oxford they were the first medicine interview that had ever had so it's definitely very nervous but I think that the support system that the colleges themselves set up so all of the colleges employ some of their students to come and make it a relaxing nice time it was really good and in the end a that really enjoying my interview experience I love to feel even in an interview that I've posed a question that's actually really made somebody think that for a fraction of a second they've forgotten that they're an interview they've just been asked something that gives them a new perspective and has made them think and you can see it in their eyes when that happens and then you think yes you'll do at each college you have one clinical interview and one science-based interview so the clinical interviews are like the interviews that you get at other universities so they're like ethically based you have ethical dilemmas you're they're just trying to tell if you're an empathetic and caring person the evidence comes from talking to students about their experiences about how they bring their knowledge to bear to particular circumstances where they've been talking to somebody who is unwell in a hospital worried about something relative of somebody in a care home wherever their experiences have taken them better sides based interviews are like nothing I've ever come across before reminds me I got something completely wrong but because I spelled it out then why I thought that they said okay in your thought process this is where you went wrong this is the correct information and then I could work it out I think the advice that I would give for that science-based interview is that it's not what you know but it's how you apply what you know I think probably the biggest misperception he is that we're in some ways still not looking for the best but looking for some arbitrary background experience or strange combination of requirements that really is just not the case and I had an email from my now tutor teacher permission from my college and this subject line with your application to send Edwin Hall and I was like oh my god like my tutor called me up and I thought this guy has got to be some kind of prank at this stage I don't I don't have much idea of what kind of doctor I want to be so what I want to specialize it but I think that's the beauty of Oxford is that it gives you it opens so many avenues for you we produce medical graduates who are equipped to start out the best that they can be but to be equipped to continually evolve and develop you should give it your best shot and you should look at your application as something where you have nothing to lose but everything to gain

10 comments

  1. I will Study there Soon. ❤ #CollegeOfMedicine #InfectiousDisease #Oncology #Psychiatry

  2. Thank you very much. I have been waiting for a video like this for a long time now. Im studying Medicine in South Africa which is home. After complition i would really love to do my speciality at Oxford university, Surgery. Can you please make a video on the information or share anything that i can use?

Leave a Reply

(*) Required, Your email will not be published