Hello again everyone!
My name’s Matt, and I’ll be your resident medical student blogger for the next year. Reading back I have some big shoes to fill, and I wish Tamara the best of luck on her year messing with people’s brains down in London.
A select few of you more loyal Leicester blog readers out there may remember me from the auspicious year 2014 when I was the student blogger in my 3rd year of med school. Some of my highlights included the time my room was turned into a beach, that afternoon when all the theatre staff downed tools mid-operation to stare at the sun for a bit and the delightful time I had to stick a tube into someone’s bladder.
Since then I’ve grown, matured, developed a new philosophical attitu – nah, I joke, I’m still pretty much the same, and you can rest assured that these posts will be packed with bad puns.
I have done a bit of exciting stuff since you last heard from me. Last year I was placed at Imperial College London studying Global Health for the year, and had a fantastic time exploring topics as varied as infectious diseases, humanitarian law, and the structure (and controversies) surrounding global health organisations such as the World Health Organisation and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
I also volunteered with civil society groups such as Medsin, the UK’s biggest student Global Health network and Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, a highly effective campaigning group which lobbies for reductions in the prices of Medicines around the world. I could talk for hours about these organisations and the amazing work they do (if only I had a blog…) so stay tuned for more!
I’m now entering my 4th year of Med School, which means I’ve been thrown straight into the deep end of junior rotations. My next 8-week placement is the seductively named General Medicine (*salutes*) where I’ll be learning the finer points of catheterisation and DREs. Lots to be said and I hope you find some of my tales entertaining.
Phew. Lots to talk about. Post any questions/comments/whatever and I’ll be sure to get back to you, but otherwise see you soon!