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Fourth year perspectives

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Fourth year perspectives

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

Ishpal Moonga


"So far, fourth year is shaping up to be the best year of the course! All the placements that I have done so far have been fascinating. Being exposed to such a wide range of clinical specialties in fourth year 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."

Peter Abiose

"Starting the clinical practice phase of the course in year three was tough to begin with but our experience of patient contact throughout the first two years really helped to prepare us for this transition. We also receive a lot of support from our individually assigned clinical academic tutor.

I've decided to explore the possibility of becoming a GP and hopefully, by the end of my fifth year here, I'll be able to make a sound judgement regarding the direction of my future career."


Sarah Brodie


"Brighton and its surrounding area is an amazing place to study. It offers the energy of a big city whilst still keeping the quaintness of a traditional seaside town. The city is well known for its diversity and offers some great nightlife.

We are very lucky to have access to the beautiful South Downs, which are a valuable escape from the demands of our academic work. In the summer, the seafront is both vibrant and has great facilities. In short, studying here is a pleasure."


Alex Parr

"Moving into year three, the first clinical practice year, was such fun. It's busy, it's fast paced, it's in the hospital and you get to do what you've been learning about. It's fantastic.

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."


Tom Mayo

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"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!"


Jaz Singh

"In the afternoon I head off to my GP placement. At the clinic I observe the GP interacting with and treating the wide range of patients who come in.

Next week I'll be taking histories and doing examinations myself so I'm very excited to practise medicine in such a hands-on way."