My name’s Matt, and I’m going to have the pleasure of taking over this Medicine blog from the esteemed Liberty-Breeze, who is sadly leaving us to go and be a proper doctor in Leeds. I know, selfish or what?
I’m sure you’ll all agree it’s been a great experience keeping track of her escapades over the last few years, and it really is a privilege to be taking over from her. Here’s hoping I keep you just as informed and entertained!
So, who exactly am I? Well, I’m just entering my third year of the 5-year medical course at Leicester University, after a wild first two years ingesting the meat and bones of medical science. Notable achievements have been learning where the heart is, memorising the layout of the labyrinth like Leicester Royal Infirmary and of course, working out the hard way how not to accidentally stab myself during dissection (A wonderfully excruciating story I’ll tell you at a later date).
I managed to get an offer from Leicester Medical School in April of 2012, and I left my home (the Wirral, a great little insular peninsula in the North-West, which functions as the slightly less-exciting neighbour of Liverpool) to live in Leicester later that year. After spending my first year in the relative luxury of halls, I’m now living it up in a student house in Leicester City Centre, navigating the vagaries of private student accommodation.
So that’s the summary! I have to say graduation – and being an actual real-live doctor – feels worlds away from where I am now. This January however I’ll be entering Phase 2 of the medicine course at Leicester, which radically changes the course structure from the lecture/problem based layout of the first 2.5 years to what is essentially a student doctor apprenticeship. Less lectures, more clinical work – Sounds pretty darn cool. Of course, to get to that point I’ve got to make it through the dreaded end of Phase One exams, which I’m sure you’ll be hearing all about come November.
So that’s about it for now! I’m off to my exciting summer job working as a steward at the Open golf tournament which, despite minimal knowledge of the golfing world, has been great fun so far. Here’s hoping I avoid the sunburn! (I know, it’s a hard-life.)
Just as a final point – If you ever have any questions about anything I talk about in my posts (or otherwise!) I’m more than happy to answer them if you throw them in the comment section.