What do you like about BSMS?
"We are taught medicine in a variety of ways in BSMS. These include things like lectures, dissection sessions, small group sessions and one-to-one help. I find that this variety helps me learn key concepts easier.
What you think are the school’s strong points?
"BSMS is a small medical school (in terms of the number of pupils per year). I think that its size is very advantageous as it creates a very close knit society. As a student you feel heard by various professionals. You also form good close friendships too.
This medical school also puts special emphasis on early patient contact. We are exposed to patients from year one. This is great as it gets us more comfortable being in patient centred environments in the future. It also means we are frequently reminded of why we are studying medicine.
How has your time here at BSMS so far prepared you for a career in medicine?
"We are regularly exposed to various forms of healthcare (primary, hospital and community) from the very beginning of our course. These ‘windows’ into specialties are helpful in finding out what interests us and what we might want to do in the future.
Directly, we are advised to start thinking about careers at the start of year 4. We are also provided with many forms of support with regards to career planning."
What do you want to do in the future?
"In the future I hope to either become a paediatrician or go into general practice. However I haven't ruled other specialities out."
How has early clinical experience helped?
"Early clinical experience gets us more confident around patients and healthcare environments. We learn how different systems work by having placements there. Clinical experience also improves our history taking and examination skills."
What kind of experience overall have you had here?
"Overall BSMS has been fantastic so far. We are taught well and exposed to various specialties. We’re also given a lot of independence and there is always something extracurricular going on. I have made amazing friends and wonderful memories which will last a lifetime."