What it’s like studying at BSMS?
BSMS is a place where you really can be a balanced all-rounded individual. The course is academically rigorous, whilst enabling you to pursue other interests, which I feel is so important and a big reason why I wanted to study here.
What do you like about the course?
I like the systems-based nature of the course, where we learn the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and pharmacology of each system in depth for a set period. I also really enjoy having a clinical day each week where we go to a GPs' surgery, the hospital or participate in history and examination workshops on the system we are studying at the time. This really helps us to integrate the theory we’re learning in lectures to the practical skills and techniques we will need for consultations in the future.
What do you think this course in particular offers? What makes it different to other courses?
The course places a significant importance on our understanding of anatomy, which I think is vital, whilst studying medicine. BSMS offers full-body dissection, a unique aspect of the course, which really helps us to consolidate our anatomy knowledge. The early clinical contact in primary care and a range of secondary care placements also really gives us vital opportunities to have clinical exposure from the beginning of the course.
How do you think the early clinical contact helps you in your learning?
Early clinical contact really helps us to appreciate how the theory we learn in lectures is applied to a clinical setting, which is ultimately what we will need to know as junior doctors and beyond.
What Brighton has to offer as a place to live and study?
Having studied in Brighton for my Undergraduate Degree, I was really happy to continue living in such a vibrant and exciting town. Being surrounded by the picturesque South Downs, yet also being so close to the beach, makes Brighton such a unique place to study in. Brighton is also a great place to study, due to the diversity of students from both Sussex and Brighton universities, as well as from BSMS.
What are you hoping to work as when you are qualified and why?
At this point in time, I’m really interested in pursuing a career in general practice. I’ve really enjoyed our primary care placements in particular, where we’ve been able to take patients’ histories and conduct examinations.