So, starting today I am going to be writing a weekly blog post about my life as a medical student.
The theme of each week’s post will fluctuate and change as I get up to different things each week. I think that it will largely revolve around what I end up studying each week, both in classes and in my own time, and will include what I’ve been up to outside of my studies. This section of the blog will be as much for me as for any reader. A chance for me to get my thoughts down on a page and really reflect on each week.
I am really not the best writer; my mum and I still laugh about all of the awkward parents’ evenings where my teachers would complain that my exercise books were just pages and pages with just the learning objectives and dates written at the top. I think I read a book to myself for the first time when I was about 11!
Please bear with me with these posts, I will try not to ramble on, and will try to keep to the topic of medicine as much as possible. I will continue to write separately about the medical school admissions process, finances at medical school and studying at medical school, so if you’ve visited my blog for those articles you will find them from the home page.
I’d love to think that I will manage to get a good streak going, maybe even a full year of weekly posts! But medical school is hectic at the best of times and I think there will be times when I struggle to get a post out. Nevertheless, I will give it a go!
Weekly post | Week #1
I know, I know, the second week of February is a strange time to decide to start a weekly post. But if not now, when?
I’ve had the website up and running for about a month now. In that time, I’ve managed to write (and enjoyed writing) 10 posts! That is way, way more than I ever thought I would be churning out. So, I have set my self the challenge of a weekly post, to keep some of that momentum going.
This week was the week before reading week. It’s like university’s equivalent of a half-term, if you haven’t heard of it before, so everything has been pretty chill. I’ve only had about half my normal contact hours at university because we’ve now finished the teaching for most modules. After next week’s break we’ll be starting new modules. One on radio-nuclear therapies and one on clinical applications of the various imaging techniques we have covered to date.
Reading this and wondering why I’m taking these modules and not anatomy or physiology or the normal medical subjects? Have a read of the About page to see what I’m up to this year.
On Friday we had the last lecture of our Computational Imaging Sciences module, on three-dimensional printing in healthcare. This is a topic I am really interested in; I did a research project last year on it which will hopefully be published in the coming months and am writing my dissertation this year on a project that revolves around 3D printing too.
If you don’t know about 3D printing in healthcare, checkout this video on 3D printing in cardiac surgery or go to the science museum’s new healthcare exhibition. They have the actual 3D printed organs surgeons used to plan the implantation of an adult kidney into a small child.
Next week I have an essay due for my nuclear medicine module, about the internal workings of a gamma camera. It’s also reading week and I’ll be flying off on holiday tomorrow morning. So, expect next week’s post to mostly be me moaning about nuclear medicine, long haul flights and essay deadlines!
I’ve already written slightly more than I was planning on writing, so I’ll wrap it up here.
Stay tuned for these weekly posts!
If there is anything you would like me to write about or have questions about med school you want answering, leave a comment below or use the Contact page to get in touch.
Thanks so much, see you next week!