Two years of the traditional medical degree are preclinical, the science behind all the ins and outs of the human body. The final three are clinical, hospitals DREs and all the lovely stuff people associate with being a doctor. During the third year, we have the opportunity to “get out” of medicine, and take a slightly different degree.
My application for the iBSC was late! (quel surprise!) which pretty much spelt doom for my aspirations to take up physiology were pretty much dashed as it is normally already oversubscribed, and so a big late stamp on my CV isn’t going to help my standing. Global health was my second choice, and considering people still got turned down for that, I’m really happy to have got in!
After two years of rote learning, having to argue, debate and write essays about opinion after 4 hours of contact time is going to be a big change! But I am really looking forward to learning more about the world we live in and broaden my horizons. I’m also looking forward to being able to talk about my subject at the dinner table without totally grossing people out (although this still isn’t guaranteed!)