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Fifth year perspectives

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Fifth year perspectives

Select a student from the menu on the left to find out their thoughts on studying with us.

Ishpal Moonga 

"All the placements that I have done so far have been fascinating. Being exposed to such a wide range of clinical specialties not only makes you fully appreciate the clinical manifestations of different complex diseases, but also allows you to meet a variety of patients from different backgrounds, each with their own view on life. 

"The best thing about spending time on clinical rotations is the regular patient interaction that you get. Whether you want to improve certain clinical skills, practise history taking or expand your medical knowledge, there is nothing better than learning directly from real patients under the supervision of qualified doctors and nurses in a clinical setting."


Alex Parr

Alex Parr

"I'm interested in going down a surgical career pathway, particularly plastic surgery. It's not just face-lifts and nose jobs, there is a lot of reconstructive surgery going on as well and I'm excited to explore this career path more."


Hannah Cheston

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"BSMS is a fantastic place to study. The early clinical exposure at BSMS gives you a great opportunity to start practicing clinical skills regularly, but also good communication skills which sets you up well for your clinical years later on in the course.

"Undertaking dissection helps build the foundations of your learning which you are able to build upon during later years of training.

"In terms of coming to end of my training; from talking to friends who have already graduated from BSMS, I know BSMS sets students up to be fantastic, clinically competent doctors who are ready to work in the NHS.

"In terms of what I want to do; presently I just want to get through my finals, but after I hope to spend a year working abroad, possibly in New Zealand, before coming back to the UK to work in the general hospital medicine."


Tom Mayo

tom mayo

"I like the relaxed atmosphere here. Even though it’s a stressful course, the other students and the structure of the course help it feel like an enjoyable and manageable career. One of the best things about BSMS is the effort staff make to respond to student’s concerns. You can tell everyone who works here genuinely cares about the students.

"Studying here, there is an emphasis on practical skills and integration with hospital life which helps me appreciate the day-to-day, even mundane, but important realities of life as a junior doctor. 

"Overall I've had a great experience here, and though it’s certainly not easy, there’s always something new to try or learn, and I don’t think any other job can be so rewarding for your efforts, as long as the reward you want isn’t a massive banker’s bonus!"