I really was not one of those people that “wanted to study medicine since I was 2 years old and had a toy doctors set from my parents”. In fact, I wanted to be a librarian/café owner/ hotel owner for the early years. As I grew older (not taller), I managed to build up a giant selection of teddies. These were soon to become my unexpected patients. My teddies and dolls went though the most horrific traumas and it was my absolute joy to care for them. Granted, the traumas were normally part of some sort of crazy game me and my siblings would play: for example one time there was a “fire” in the bedroom and we had to “evacuate” all the teddies.
So freshers came to a close and I jetted of to France for my birthday weekend at 7am after beach bop. We had hired out a castle in rural France all to ourselves…it was amazing! Then came back to London and back to reality. There is just so much content this year and it is a mission trying to stay on top of it all already…ahh!
We have done a bit of pharmacology, neuro, endo, haem and ANATOMY! I reaaaaally love anatomy this year. We are currently doing anatomy of head which is so interesting (mostly because you get to examine human brains..).
So term (and lectures!) have started again and freshers has begun. We are now a week into the ICSM Medics Freshers Fortnight and I am SO TIRED. It is seriously bizarre to think that schools around the UK are about to break up for half term and we are still having our freshers fortnight.
It has been so much fun being on the Student Union during freshers but it has also been so nice to have a night off and just being able to sleep. The meetings, the 4am calls from lost freshers and the 300 t-shirts we had to iron have taken its toll on me.
It has been an absolute mission trying to get a house to live in for this year. Our journey started Christmas 2013 when the 5 of us decided that we would be living together for second year. Little did we know how difficult this whole process is.
Here is a little insight into what happened so hopefully future students don’t make the same mistakes.
Easter 2014 we decided we needed to start looking. We really had no clue about what we were doing. All we knew is that we needed a house and wanted to complete our search before exams started.
1) BUY THE ICSM PASSPORT– I assure you I regret to this day not buying the passport. I missed out on so many memories by not having one. For more info on this see the icsm freshers 2014 fb group.
2) Profile picture– Make sure that your facebook profile picture is on point. You will most probably already be being judged by anyone and everyone in your Freshers 2014 group. Fun fun fun.
3) Buy every type of cold medicine– I am talking cough sweets, paracetamol even plasters…freshers flu is real and you will get it.
4) Air freshener– Seriously get some.
CONGRATULATIONS to everyone that has received A level/ AS results today (including my sister!).
And an even bigger WELCOME to everyone that is going to be joining us at Imperial School of Medicine / Imperial in general next year. You must all be super happy- I remember the pure relief i had when I saw my UCAS track update.
To those of you that missed your grades, do not give up today. Talk to relevant staff at universities and explain your circumstances clearly- fingers crossed. Remember: you always have options.
What now? Well once you have secured that place its like a month of joy and fun.
It has been all hush hush and rumours for a while about the Teddington situation. For those of you that don’t know, Teddington is the home of the Imperial Medical School’s sports teams for almost a century. It is a sports ground that is historic and means a great deal to the Imperial Medics past and present.
Having talked to many alumni and students it seems that everyone has been devastated by the news that all student activity will be suspended at Teddington after Imperial purchased a new sports site.
Dariush Hassanzadeh-Baboli – President of the Imperial Medics Union (ICSMSU) and Maredudd Harris the Clubs and Socs Officer sent the entire medical school an email earlier in the week …”The first time ICSMSU heard about the news was the same time as the rest of the students at Imperial College.
Exams are over, summer has started and I have stepped back into the working world again. I am doing a summer internship currently with a business set up by some Imperial Medic alumni- Touch Surgery. I am loving it and highly recommend any medic to download the free app to practice your surgical skills.
The office has the coolest gadgets which, of course, I have tried my hardest to play with as much as I possibly can…:Google Glass
Getting an insight into the #healthtech world has been so interesting so far. Virtual simulation and surgical training compliments each other so well and I am so excited for what the rest of the summer at Touch Surgery will have in store for me.
No more lectures! Indeed we have finished teaching for first year and I think it’s fair to say that at the end of the year most people are questioning their choice for studying medicine in the first place. Yes, it is so interesting and fun…but exams are…well…soon.
I have seen an awful number of people having breakdowns in the library, and spoken to a lot of friends who are getting so anxious they may even be heading towards having an abnormal ecg…(omg I am so funny). So, here are a few types of revising first year medics we have come across this term…
1) The ones that “don’t” revise
They don’t revise!…well…not during the day anyway.
I recently filmed this for Imperial (some very embarrassing moments in there, but was very fun to do!)- offer holders can find more information and videos on: http://www1.imperial.ac.uk/medicine/prospectivestudents/undergraduate/mbbsbscmedicine/offerholders/