• Assessments everywhere you look

    Like last semester, this one has been flying by. But whilst the first semester held the promise of Christmas, semester 2 brings an onslaught of assignments and the dread of exams. It’s hard to believe that we only have 3 weeks more of classes (plus the mysterious ISS week) before our teaching for this year […]

  • Kimchi

    No, I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth, although given how long it’s been since my last post, you could be forgiven for wondering. As ever, life has been flying by, with its usual diet of classes, panic about my SSC report, writing up case discussions and clerkings, and somewhere in the middle […]

  • 3 weeks of freedom

    Having 3 weeks of holiday and nowhere to go has been a rather unusual experience for me. During my working life I usually managed to squeeze as much travelling as possible out of my vacation allowance, meaning that I very rarely spent free time at home relaxing. Even when I left the office and moved […]

  • Camperdown ParkRun

    Rather than writing a list of resolutions that I’m unlikely to stick to, I decided to try and start the year as I hope to go on! So rather than promising myself that I’d start running regularly again, I bit the bullet and dragged myself out of bed on New Year’s morning, despite the late […]

  • Respiratory has been and gone…

    I’m not quite sure how the last month managed to pass by without a post, certainly I had plenty of them rolling around in my head, and yet between lectures, classes and a couple very busy weekends with the choir, I find that the term has finished and the first week of vacation is almost […]

  • Bringing out my inner vampire

    Last week I wielded a needle for the first time and drew my first ever arterial blood sample. Impressive for an 8 week old medical student, don’t you think?  Fear not, the patient in question was a fake arm and was feeling no pain! Our Clinical Skills Centre is full of such fun devices to […]

  • Principles Block

    Last week we passed the first milestone in our medical school career – the end of the Principles block, designed to give us an introduction to the basic sciences that will support our further study into the various systems of the human body. Principles has been a whirlwind introduction to our studies with a great […]

  • Eight Days

    Apparently the rest of the university was enjoying a well earned break last week, in the form of a reading week.  I could definitely have done with one of those myself, but alas the life of the medical student doesn’t allow for such frivolities and we had a jam packed week of lectures, classes and […]

  • Head in the clouds

    One of the main factors in my decision to study in Scotland was the opportunity to get out into the countryside more often. So when I had to finally commit myself to joining some sports clubs, I steered clear of those which involved the sports centre, and chose the Sailing and Rucksack (hiking and climbing) […]

  • Time is flying by

    We’re now in our third week of term, and there’s been plenty to write about since I last posted, but it’s been hard to find the time and energy.  Considering that in my working life I was used to starting early and finishing late, I’m finding the shorter uni days surprisingly tiring, and no, it’s […]