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Second year perspectives

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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’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.

It’s a great school, the staff are brilliant and everyone knows each other, which creates a really supportive group."


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."

Ayesha Raheem

ayesha raheem 

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. 


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 practice 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."


Joanna Tung

joanna tung

What it’s like studying at BSMS?

BSMS is a relaxed yet ambitious and supportive environment; with small year groups and close relationships with the teaching staff, I like the fact I always know who I can turn to. 

What do you like about the course?

I like the early integration with clinical skills - from year one, this keeps me inspired and thoughtful of medicine as a career, rather than just the academic medicine studying and passing exams. The placements are well organised and offer students the ability to have patient contact on almost a weekly basis. 

How do you think the early clinical contact and dissection helps you in your learning?

The clinical days tend to be my favourite of the week, with such a great opportunity to start talking to patients, taking histories, and learning medicine outside of the syllabus. The dissection has been crucial to learning anatomy so far. It's been a highlight in my studying at BSMS so far, and I can't imagine trying to learn large volumes of anatomy from text books alone. 

What Brighton has to offer as a place to live and study?

I have been living in Kemptown since moving to Brighton, and have loved Brighton as a city. It has so much to offer, and I have easily discovered the areas I like. There are amazing boutique shops, cafes, restaurants and we're so lucky to be close to both the seafront and the South downs!


Shreya Badhrinarayanan

"As an international student coming from Canada, Brighton is a wonderful place to live and study in. It's very multicultural and there is always something going on here.

BSMS offers so much support and guidance to international students, not just from staff but other students too. Studying here has really helped me to grow as a person."


Cyrille Cabaret

"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."


Amy Fung

amy fung

"BSMS is really welcoming and postgraduate friendly. I never feel out of place being a mature student.

It has such a small cohort that you get to know everyone really quickly, even your lecturers, which is extremely helpful for building up your career path. The early clinical contact also allows you to put theories into practice even in the first month!"