What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Take your time. Sometimes people seem like they’re rushing to get into training and become a consultant that they don’t enjoy what they’re doing in the moment. I took an F3 and F4 and I’ve never regretted it. I travelled and enjoyed myself before I started training. If I hadn’t have done that, I would have been more likely to burn out.
What was the best thing about studying at BSMS?
Being part of a smaller medical school meant that I felt recognised as an individual. You get to know people in your year well, and it just feels very close knit. I also hear it makes great doctors!
Who or what has inspired you most in life?
My friend Beth, who is also a BSMS graduate. She is one of the most intelligent and hard-working people I know. She’s also incredibly witty. She has been through some exceptionally difficult circumstances and somehow still managed to be so supportive when I was going through a tough time.
What's your favourite memory from your time at BSMS?
There are literally so many, I wouldn’t even know where to start. Obviously, all the socials and my elective. But a surprising one is staying in hospital accommodation while on placement in final year in Eastbourne. Everyone was in the same boat with revision, and it wasn’t like being at home, but we still made time to cook dinners together and hang out to make it better. It’s such a binding experience, so it’s no surprise you make friends for life.
What advice would you give a first-year medical student?
Try to remember why you’re doing medicine in the first place. It’s easy to forget when you’re going through the parts you might not enjoy but there will be something you love, and you’ll get there. You have an amazing student support team at BSMS if you need it. Also, it’s easy to get BSMS tunnel vision but you’re lucky enough to be part of two amazing universities with a whole host of interesting students and societies, so definitely join in!
Describe BSMS in three words
Progressive, supportive, inclusive.