A fine Wednesday morning to you all!
I thought that today I’d share with you some of the dastardly dilemmas currently facing me – Difficult choices that any current or future medical students will have to deal with at some point or another. This is coming out more melodramatic than intended.
As some of you dear readers may be aware, when a Medical student finally reaches their third year (or sometimes even the second, if you’re particularly keen) the option arises to take a year out from the degree and pursue the study of some other healthcare science for a bit. For your investment of time and effort, you receive a BSc at the end, which complements the MbCHb you’ll eventually acquired through the standard medical degree.
To add to the complexity, you can choose to pursue this option at your home institution or even – wait for it – go to a different University if they have a particular iBSc you’re interested.
“One year for a full BSc!” I hear you cry “You’d be bonkers not to go for that! Why aren’t you doing it already?!”
Well, on the surface you’d be right, my shouty imaginary commenter. You get to specialise in something you’re interested in, receive a shiny degree at the end, and even possibly get to explore a new city for a year – what could be wrong with that?
As you can probably tell by my rhetorical questioning, there is quite a list of drawbacks. For one you have to leave your year and your friends who choose not to intercalate, leaving them to graduate a year before you do. Can you imagine the horror of returning to the degree, breaking a bone in your final year and being treated by your old house-mate in A&E? On top of this, you also take a year out of the medical degree, after just getting into the swing of constantly assimilating new knowledge. There’s the ever present danger of forgetting basic things like what the knee bone connects to (you see, at the moment I’m pretty sure it’s the thigh bone, but that could all change).. And of course, if you go somewhere like London, basic things like eating and going places suddenly become prohibitively expensive (Slight exaggeration – But still, did you know that Leicester is one of the cheapest places for students in the UK?)
All in all, there’s a big bundle of pros and cons to weigh up before you can make a decision. Bonus points if you guessed, but I have indeed decided to intercalate, hopefully in some kind of Global Health related subject – Applications start soon, and I’ll be sure to keep you updated on my progress! Oh, that’s another drawback – Filling in all of these application forms is basically Deja VUCAS (I highly doubt that’s a phrase which will catch on, but I can dream).
As always, if yave got any questions about intercalation, medicine, my favourite kind of Chinese food (which is incidentally Beef and Black Bean sauce), feel free to leave a comment and I’ll get back to you! Back to application form filling for me.