Who is Doctor Dibblin?
Alright, time to fess up… Doctor Dibblin is a work in progress. My name is Connor Dibblin, and I am still a medical student. But in only 930 days I will be starting my first placement as a Junior Doctor, which seems like no time at all.
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to visit my website and for reading my very first blog. Hopefully you find it interesting and engaging and want to come back for more. Let me know in the comments section below.
My name is Connor Dibblin. I am a medical student at Kings College London, currently intercalating* in Imaging Sciences. I am in my fifth year at KCL, having enrolled in September 2014 on the Extended Medical Degree Programme. In July 2022 (all things going well) I will graduate and start my first placements as a qualified doctor.
I think for now that is all you need to know about me, as I hope to explore my story more in future blogs, including my journey to medical school and my time here.
*For anyone that maybe isn’t sure what ‘Intercalating’ means, it is taking a year off from medicine to study another undergraduate course, commonly in a related field of science. You are awarded an iBSc (Intercalated Bachelor of Science), which in theory helps you to be competitive in future job applications and research. This is going to be the topic of its own post, so stay tuned.
What is This Blog?
Doctor Dibblin is a blog to help medical students, current and prospective, with all aspects of their lives. I have plans to write articles on a range of topics, from medical school personal statements and entrance exam preparation to my experiences balancing full time education with working part time and my journey through the many years of medical school.
However, I am very new to writing, it took a lot of convincing from myself and those around me to get these first words down on the page, so please bear with me as this blog evolves and develops. I won’t be setting myself deadlines or schedules for publishing articles, I have enough of those as is!
Honestly, I must to acknowledge this first blog post is more for me than anyone else, because I wanted to get down my ideas, concerns and expectations for what this blog is and why I am doing it.
Why am I Writing This?
And more importantly why would anyone read it!
True, I am far from a perfect medical student. I’ve had my fair share of close encounters with failure along my path, my A level grades were not great compared to my cohort, and I have spent a substantial amount of ‘personal study time’ working behind a bar and making coffees. I have, however, managed to make it this far.
Some valuable skills and lessons have been picked up along the way, that would have come in handy when I was 16 and considering what I wanted to do at university, and I look forward to sharing them with you. I have also managed to substantially improve my grades over the last four years and I think its only fair that I now help others to do so. Thirdly, I have managed to juggle my time at university with working part time jobs for almost the entire duration to date, not anything unique to myself many of my friends do the same, but it is far from the norm at King’s.
How am I Writing This?
This is my first attempt at writing a blog and running a website, so for that reason I am using WordPress. I own the Doctor Dibblin domain and am hosting it through a website called 1+1 Ionus. If anyone is interested in also setting up and running their own website, be it for a blog or a store or any other reason, let me know and I will write a short piece on my experience and the products I am using. I will probably also include some affiliate links, which would earn me a small commission on anyone who used my referral links to make a purchase.
Getting in Contact
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please do communicate with me, either through the Contact page or in the comments below.