A big hello to all budding medical students coming to visit the University this weekend!
I have to say it’s an intriguing time to be joining. Since I started waay back in 2012 there has been a sea of change in the Medical School.
We have a new eco-titan of a building, cutting edge technology (as all prospective students inevitably know, a complimentary iPad is now par for the course at Leicester), and a recently shaken up course structure. Most interestingly, however, we recently acquired new leadership.
From January 2017 the Medical School staff was joined by Professor Richard Holland, formerly course director at the University of East Anglia Medical School. This is something prospective applicants should particularly pay attention to – having had several conversations with UEA students, Professor Holland has a sterling reputation for reform and responsiveness to student feedback.
In addition, being from a public health background, he will hopefully bring much more of an emphasis on community health, something which the curriculum certainly needs more of.
This more than anything means that now is a particularly interesting time to join the school.
I’ve just finished my fourth year exams which means one thing – freedom! Well, sort of. I’m spending most of my weekdays in Loughborough Community Hospital, working on my care of the elderly rotation. The pace is slow, but the staff & patients are lovely, so it’s a fairly gentle introduction to Senior rotation.
The reality that I only have one more summer before actually working as a junior doctor is slowly creeping up on me, which is both exciting (goodbye overdraft!) and foreboding (actual responsibility?? Heaven forbid).
I’ll be putting together a series of posts on applying to medical school in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled for them!