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Second year perspectives

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Vivien Ngo

"BSMS has a very friendly environment where within the small cohort you’re really able to interact and form friendships with everyone within the year."


Amaran Cumarasamy

"The things I enjoy most about the course are the balance between academic learning to develop our skills and the chance to practise those skills out on the hospital wards. 

"So far the second year has been really engaging. We've been able to build upon our knowledge from the first year in more detail and ultimately, by the end of this year, we'll be ready to head into the clinical practice phase of the course." 


James Willans

"Our dissection classes are really interesting. We're priviledged to be able to dissect and work with internal organs that have been donated to science. This allows us to gain a really broad overview of anatomy and allows us to visual the body a lot better than if just using a textbook.

"My advice to anyone applying to BSMS would be to enjoy it as much as possible whilst you're here. Brighton is a fantastic place to study."


Cyrille Cabaret

"As a mature student, I would definitely recommend coming to BSMS as you can mix well with other students of all ages and all walks of life.

"I chose BSMS because it offers the chance to meet and learn from patients right from the start. The support and attention you get here is outstanding – it’s clear the staff care for you. I’m certain that BSMS develops not only good doctors, but well-rounded people."


Patrick Tano

Patrick Tano
"BSMS has a real sense of community – you get to know everyone in your cohort by halfway through first year." 

Why did you choose BSMS?

At the BSMS open day, I liked how small the years are compared with most other medical schools as it allows a greater sense of community within the years. I also liked the idea of integrated learning rather than problem based – I thought this would work better for me.

What are the best things about BSMS?

One of the best things about BSMS is the full body cadaveric dissection, which is something that you get introduced to early in first year. At first it was a very weird experience, but after a couple of sessions it becomes routine and a great learning tool. Another great thing is the sense of community – you get to know everyone in your cohort by halfway through first year.  

Is the early clinical contact helpful?

It's very helpful as it gets you in the mind set of how to speak to patients early. Speaking to people is something we all do on a regular basis but speaking to patients has a different dynamic and the early clinical contact gets you accustomed to this. Also many people learn best by doing, so being able to take a history or examine a patient ourselves consolidates what we are taught in lectures and helps us to practise and refine our history taking and examination skills from early on.

What about the dissection sessions?

The dissection sessions are very useful for learning anatomy as they allow you to understand the 3D arrangements of the structures while nurturing the surgical skills you may or may not have. Being able to see different bodies too and how structures may vary from person to person helps you understand anatomical variation between people. Also some of the cadavers have certain pathologies which may be relevant to the module and these give an idea of what physical effect pathology may have on the body and organs.  

What kind of extra curricular activities are available?

There is a vast amount of extra curricular activities to get involved in as part of the medical school or the Universities of Brighton and Sussex Student Unions. These range from Anatomy society to Baking society and everything in between. I’m part of the rugby and hockey teams and also part of CMF (Christian Medical Fellowship).


Renske McFarlane

Renske McFarlane

"I like the open minded and inclusive ethos of BSMS. I’d done a previous degree at the University of Sussex 10 years ago and loved it here then too. 

"It’s a great school, the staff are brilliant and mostly working in the field and the cohort is from a very mixed background and small in size so everyone knows each other, creating a real supportive group feeling. I’m one of the eldest on the course at 35, but I don't feel like an outsider. I really enjoy the mix of ages and backgrounds and feel I fit right in! It helps that there are about 10 others in their 30s so I am not alone. 

"I’ve lived in five countries and a few cities in the UK, and Brighton wins hands down. It’s a very lively town, expressive, a plethora of free festivals and activities, great parks and small enough not to get drowned in it but big enough to have plenty to offer."


Eunice Lee

Eunice Lee

"I’ve always wanted to live in a city with a beach and Brighton seemed perfect! But mainly, I really liked the course structure at BSMS.

"I had few things that I was particularly looking for in a medical degree course such as full body dissection, integrated lecture style and early clinical experience, and BSMS was just perfect. The course content included everything I was looking for to become a good, qualified doctor. 

"Brighton is a great place to live and even more to study. It’s quite a big city where you can get access to pretty much everything you need. Also, as Brighton is one of the popular places for tourists, it’s really nice to have friends come down to visit. Life here as university student is great, as there are many things to do during both day and night times.

"Although studying medicine can be a really challenging, I think because of the all the help given both academically and socially, BSMS is a great place to study. Also, because you are part of the Universities of Brighton and Sussex, there are many diverse societies and opportunities for you to meet people with various backgrounds."


Rebecca Terry

rebecca terry

"For anyone who loves a close knit community, a supportive team of peers and staff, and an interactive clinical based medical learning experience – there is no better place than BSMS."

"My favourite part of my course is the first hand clinical experience right from the beginning, which allows us to see how the science relates to a clinical setting. It may seem at times that lectures will never be relevant in practice but from clinical placements, this is clearly not the case from day one, which makes lectures more interesting and bearable.

"I find dissection is essential for learning anatomy - the hands on practical experience makes learning fun and interactive and helps you stay on top of course content without even realising you are learning the language of medicine."