Category Archives: Student

What Do I Need To Take To University?

When you’re starting out as a student, choosing what to take to university can be a little stressful. After all, you can’t be entirely sure what you need until you get there.

Everyone will have a word of advice for you. Your Mum will probably have you take everything you might possibly need, ever. If you’re lucky, she’ll also buy most of it for you!

Your student friends or older siblings, being a year or two wiser than you, will offer suggestions based on their experience. University welcome packs come with their own guidance.

To help you choose what to pack and what to leave at home, we’ve put together this short guide to deciding what to take to university.

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5 Ways to Prepare for Medical School

Well done on getting a place at medical school! You worked hard to get the right results and now you’re looking forward to a new life opening up.

How are you feeling? Nervous? Excited? Both?

Leaving home for university means massive change. When that university is medical school, the challenge can appear overwhelming. Continue reading 5 Ways to Prepare for Medical School

How to Write a Personal Statement for Medical School

Writing your personal statement is probably the hardest part of applying for a university place to study medicine.

But don’t let that put you off! Every year, thousands of students take up their places in medical school, which means their personal statements were good enough to help get them through the application process.

If they can do it, so can you.

We’ve put some tips together to help you craft a personal statement that scores highly with the admissions team.

Write the beginning at the end

Outstanding personal statements have a powerful opening. They capture motivation, passion and commitment in a single sentence.

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Be Prepared for Your GP Placement

When they enter medical school, most students don’t plan on becoming a GP (nine out of ten according to the BMA). Even if you’re part of that majority, you’re very likely to get experience of general practice through placements, ranging from a few hours to several weeks over the course of your studies.

So what can you expect from your exposure to GP work as an ‘insider’?

Discover the excitement of the unknown

When an unfamiliar patient steps through the door of a GP’s surgery, the doctor has no idea what medical issues they’ll be faced with. For many, this role as the first point of contact between the community and the wider healthcare service makes the job rewarding.

For some, the uncertainty of what’s coming next can be an exciting challenge. Admittedly, for others, the mix of medical issues that are presented can become a little predictable.

As a student on a GP placement, you’re also dealing with an unfamiliar community in, probably, an unfamiliar location. There will be no shortage of unknowns to keep your attention, at least at the start.

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How to Use a Stethoscope

cardiology_III_symbols_redYour stethoscope is your constant companion in medicine, so it’s really important to know how to use it.

While the technology required to listen in on our internal noises is very simple, learning how to perform effective auscultation takes a while. The sooner you learn to use a stethoscope effectively, the sooner you’ll be on your way to understanding the sounds made by the human body.

Different types of stethoscope

While they all perform the same function, a variety of different stethoscopes have been developed for various specialties. Some are designed specifically for cardiology or paediatricians. General purpose stethoscopes are ideal for students and nurses, while electronic stethoscopes can enhance traditional auscultation through the use of digital technology. Continue reading How to Use a Stethoscope

7 Top Tips for Your First Term at Medical School

Well done on getting a place at medical school! You achieved outstanding A-level results and you’ve made it through the tough application and interview process. Now you’re about to embark on the exciting journey to becoming a fully qualified doctor.

Getting through medical school is going to be hard work. The first few weeks could be particularly tough as you get used to a university life so very different from what you’ve known before. Continue reading 7 Top Tips for Your First Term at Medical School

Medical Students Benefit from New Interactive Littmann Stethoscope App

728x90-Littmann-bannerLike so many tools of the trade, your stethoscope is really easy to use but takes practice to master.

Auscultation (listening to internal sounds made by the body) has been medical practice for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years, but the science advanced rapidly with the invention of the stethoscope in the early nineteenth century.

Now Littmann, pioneers in stethoscope design and use for over 50 years, have launched a unique, interactive learning experience that will benefit a new generation of medical students.

For a limited period, this new experience, the 3M Littmann Learning App, is entirely free when you buy a new Littmann stethoscope. Continue reading Medical Students Benefit from New Interactive Littmann Stethoscope App

Graduation Gift Ideas for Medical Students

What do you buy for someone who’s finishing their medical degree this year?

Graduating from medical school is a massive milestone on what can be a ten-year journey from excited fresher to highly respected and experienced medical professional. So what sort of gift will reflect the exhilaration and anticipation of the moment, while being appropriate for the person you’re buying for?

Does that sound like a tough call? To help you decide, we’ve put together a list of graduation gift ideas for the medical student in your life. They’re a mix of practical, fun and the unexpected.

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4 Reasons Why Med Students Should Limit Google Searches and Internet Use

If you were to plot on a pie chart your next home study session and the time you set aside to cram, how much of that time would be spent using Google or other internet search engines? In the age of e-learning, digital submission of work and online research, study books can take somewhat of a back seat, but is this a good way for us to learn? Is it helpful when we have exams?

We give you four valid reasons why medical students should remember that Google is only a gateway, and that the internet can inhibit study as well as enable it. It’s important to step away and find other creative ways to learn medical terminology or cram for exams, so here are some helpful ideas on how to aim for the right balance. Continue reading 4 Reasons Why Med Students Should Limit Google Searches and Internet Use