• 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 […]

  • Assessments, Exams and Other Fun Things

    Once again I failed as a blogger, I think I am probably in the running for the title of the worst blogger by now. Past few weeks have been a bit hectic and I don’t mean fun hectic. I wasn’t being very sociable, in fact I barely left my room since Halloween. Partially that is […]

  • 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 […]

  • Essays!

    This past week and a bit, we have had to write essays. I say “essays” but they were only 500-750 words long. This sounds like nothing, right? That’s what we thought! For a start, we had to do 5 of them, and each one needed at least 3 quotes from the specific books recommended by […]

  • Facing study weeks and exams soon

    The week after reading week back in the Uni was an intense one for me, even though I did not do any other things than studying, mostly. Unfortunately, I had to spend most of my time with studying and revising, and with doing research rather than going out. It looks like it will not even […]

  • Good Morning!

    I was convinced I missed a week of blogging, then I checked and realised I didn’t write a post in almost 4 weeks! My apologies for that! I have no explanation as to where did my 3 missing weeks go!   I have to say though that for the past 2 weeks I’ve been extremely […]

  • 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 […]

  • Cam Kennedy Comics Studio.

    Yesterday afternoon saw the opening of the Cam Kennedy Comics Studio at the university, opened by Cam Kennedy himself!  Cam is a highly influential comics artist, who has worked on titles such as Judge Dredd and Star Wars as well as a reworking of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped, so it was very exciting to go […]


  • Time is a fickle friend

    I’ve been planning on writing this post since Saturday, alas I failed. I’m really starting to hate myself for putting it off for so long, so I’m not going to bed until I finish it!   As I said before classes are well underway and I have to say (regardless of how geekish I’ll sound) […]

  • Now wash your hands

    This afternoon I had my first session in the Clinical Skills Centre, the place where we get to practice the hands on side of medicine, before being let loose on real patients.  Not only do we get to practice the procedures in clinical skills, but we also have to practice looking like doctors – no […]