UCL Medicine: Academic Insights



it's really solving this when you first get to see the cadavers because they they keep the face covers for kind of modesty purposes and you just peel back the sheets and just see this there's body effectively lying that and it is quite scary at first but by the end of the two years or so you're in there so often that you just get used to it and it becomes really normal hi my name is Chloe and I'm a fourth-year medical student studying at UCL ilex applying at Edinburgh and leave and Cambridge the reason I wanted to come to UCL was because I wanted to be on a counter based in central London and you have such great teaching opportunities and learning resources I have no regrets coming to yells over the other places because from having such a great time here during your six years here you'll split up into different sections of studying so your first three years of preclinical and are all based in sort of lectures internal groups work so in the first two years are all around the central campus learning about the cool science of pathology as medicine in the first few years it's really great that you have Anatomy sessions that either you get given a cadaver for about six students and you are learning how to dissect learning about the anatomy in such small groups but I think that's a really great opportunity and really well-thought in your surgery you do your specialist BSC subjects and then in your fourth fifth and sixth year you're on clinical rotations and hospitals everybody has to do a BSC in that Sergius they're basically assigned to be in a third year which gives you so many great opportunities to go and work with your supervisor and do a dissertation project English all my supervisor last year was towards dr. John hearth and he's a really important guy and cfpb research so it's a really great opportunity that I got to work with him really enjoying fourth years to be honest it's a great way to kind of put into practice all of the theory and the knowledge that allows over your first three years see it in real life patients I think all of the rotations are meant to be quite good I think some of the hospitals have different are good for different things and as bad for different things I think the rotation I like the most so far has been anaesthetic it's a really great hands-on opportunity to see what's being in stasis like my current base is at University College Hospital the big green glass building opposite Euston station which looks really swanky in you and you have I have a four month placement there in fourth fifth and final year you get examined in practical examinations to Russkies to some things that we haven't done before it's a new things I'm going to be a bit nervous for that and these are basically clinical scenarios where you'll have about 30 seconds to read the scenario for example mr. X is coming to hospital with some tummy pain please examine him and speak to the examiner about what you find and you'll have about ten minutes to go into the station and examine the patient chat them and then present your findings to the doctor so I've got up coming this year it's just to be a bit nerve-racking I wanted to study medicine because I really like combination of learning a scientific topic in depth also you get the human interaction and working within a team so I think it's quite competitive to get into UCL I think there's about 1,500 to 2,000 applicants per year and only about 300 places when people are looking at doing the BMAC I think they probably need to make sure they have a good scientific understanding and all of the four main science and math and then also have a kind of topic of interest in some sort of humanities subject you could think about writing an essay for prospective students looking to come to interview here I definitely say to read up all accounts the kind of recent junior doctor stuff that's been in the news it's being really big recently with the new junior doctor contract being imposed I'm from Newcastle which is in the northeast of England so when I first came to London it was quite a big that you know a lot of my friends lived about an hour train away so they could go home quite easily words for me it was about a four hour train journey and also really expensive so I didn't get to go home much in the first term but I think in a way that was good because it made me say and make friends and be sociable and now it's perfectly fine I don't really miss home at all so I think what really helps with a difficult transition from school is that you get a mums and dads events and you get paired with a medic parent who's able to offer you advice about what sort of parts of the syllabus you need to know what to worry about what not to worry about earlier this year I got to rub into a surgery which is where you basically spend about seven minutes washing your hands and you hold them up like this and then you put your gown on and your mask and your and so on and then I got to help out with the surgery by kind of just holding some tongs and sort of spreading the skin apart on a big group but that was really cool I kind of felt like I was actually helping and see getting involved with something if you're interested in hearing more about the world's top universities don't forget to subscribe

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  2. UCL is a great place to study at. Hopefully after getting my Bachelor's degree I could get into one of the best universities in the UK to study my Master's degree. I study accounting now, so UCL isn't the best for it. I'm likely heading to LSE.

  3. Hi! I am just wondering if you could post something related to literature/language major? I think that would be great. Thank you! (:

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