10 Things You Need to Know about being a Medical Student!

I started out with some trepidation in September, but I’ve realised how much I’ve learnt and grown over the past year. One of my reasons for taking up a BMSc was to take a short hiatus from medicine and I’m glad I did so, however, I can’t help but slightly miss being a medic in Ninewells. It got me thinking about my first year here and how I was pleasantly surprised (or otherwise) with my course.

Here are 10 things that I learnt (and am learning) as a Medical Student!

  1. Unlike doing your A-levels there is no syllabus– you will never know everything.
  2. Ninewells Hospital is its own self-contained community, be prepared to spend long hours with your fellow medics.
  3. There is nothing as worthwhile as stopping to chat with patients on the wards, take your time and listen.
  4. Take care of yourself, medical school is taxing and rigorous. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
  5. Work hard and play hard. Each year will fly by before you know it.
  6. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  7. Stay organised from the beginning, your future self will thank you!
  8. A good, helpful nurse on the wards is your best friend. Appreciate them
  9. You will make some of your closest friends in university.
  10. Medicine is a long course, and a rewarding one. Take your time with it, there’s no rush here.

Feel free to leave any questions you may have about the course below or get in touch with me personally.

Until next time


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Hello everyone! I'm an international medical student, currently in my 4th year. I'm setting out to experience as much of Dundee student life as possible as I finish with my last years of undergraduate studies. I'm a closet bookworm and a foodie with an obsession of baking all things sweet. I also drink copious amounts of tea.

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    7 Responses to “10 Things You Need to Know about being a Medical Student!”

    1. Wame Cynthia

      Hi there very interesting write ups I enjoyed reading your blog. Iv recently relocated to Dundee I’m working as nurse and really interested in diverting to medicine
      Many opportunities for academic development here in Dundee and hopefully in the near future il realise my goals
      Keep motivating us

    2. Ayorinde Esther

      I am presently in A’level and I’m preparing for admission next year to study medicine, and your blog as really helped me to understand more about studying medicine entrails… Thanks a lot.

    3. Shinglok

      Hi Sandhya, nice to see your sharing, and thanks. I am Shinglok and intend to study Medicine in dundee. Can you share some of your most favorite subject you study in Dundee, including its set up, content, lectures and facility ? How you like boarding and study in Dundee ? Did you meet with patient and any experience you can share ? Thank you

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