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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."

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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." 

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Gabby Alexander-Harvey

"It was easier to make friends at the start than I thought. At BSMS, there is a 'medic parent' system, where you have two members of Year 2 to guide you through, so you already know someone in the medical school.

"There is a wide range of interests at BSMS. Some people are interested in music or sport, so you will quickly find someone who is interested in the same things as you."

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Ollie Pentz

Ollie Pentz

"The medical school has great reputation for producing great doctors as well as being really fun. Doing full body dissections is a really amazing way to learn about anatomy, something that not many medical schools do anymore.

"Incorporating placement visits into first term is a really good way to get exposure to what is going on in GP surgeries as well as hospitals. It's really beneficial to your development as a medical student because you learn a lot about the medicine behind the consultations as well as how to interact with patients in a clinical context."

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Renske McFarlane

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"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."

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Elizabeth Wong

Elizabeth Wong

"BSMS has a very attractive curriculum to me, especially the full cadaver dissection. And most importantly, the location of the medical school is perfect – it's not too far from London, which makes flying home an easier journey.

"BSMS has a small community of international students. In school, you wouldn't feel segregated or special in any sense, which allows you to fit in seamlessly. Of course, there's always special support for international students, in settling in and getting around. Joining your own country's society helps you get the feeling of home away from home. 

"Brighton is a great city, there's beautiful scenery and also a decent shopping scene! It’s also a very eccentric city; you honestly can see so many different and quirky things on the street, which adds to the fun of it!"

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Vanisha Victor

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"The integrated teaching methodology was what attracted me to BSMS the most. In addition to that, the opportunity to have clinical contact to apply theoretical knowledge into real-life scenarios was appealing. 

"BSMS has brought me the feeling of home away from home in just a few weeks. Everyone is friendly and there's no sense of segregation. The staff at BSMS really value the importance of a work-life balance so there's plenty of room for serious fun as well as studying."

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Eleanor Deane

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"The staff here all want us to do our best and take into account our feedback. I enjoy the variety in our timetable, which includes lectures, smaller group teaching, dissection sessions and clinical days. I also like the fact we have our exam at the end of each term, leaving the holidays free for work and rest.

"A lot of our learning is very hands on. It has been a privilege to take part in full body dissection. Having the opportunity to follow the development of a baby and talk to the mother has been a very valuable experience. I also enjoy the clinical workshops, for example practising a cardiovascular examination. 

"I love living in Brighton and it is a great student city. There are great pubs and clubs in Brighton, which provide a great night out to balance the workload."