Hi! I'm Ellen and I am a 3rd year medic! Welcome to my "Medic Tips" blogs where I give advice on different aspects of the medicine application process as well as the transition into 1st year medicine! I am also a UniBuddy so please do not hesitate to ask me any further questions! Please start off by reading my journey, which acts a homepage, as it has all the links to my blogs so you don't miss out on any content!
Firstly, I’d like to start by clearing up a common misconception – yes, medics do have time to socialise and get involved in societies! Although our timetables can get hectic at times, every Wednesday afternoon is free in Year 1 – 3, with society events on weeknights. It is so important for your work-life balance Read more
Thought it would be a good time to share some advice on how to make the most of your time at home to prepare for your medicine application during COVID-19! Hopefully, you should have already seen the guidance from the Medical Schools Council on gaining relevant experience. This contains some fantastic resources, so be sure Read more
Hi everyone! I am a 2nd year medic and this is my first time blogging! I want to use this platform to inspire and provide guidance to applying to Medicine. I intend to achieve this through my series of blogs called “Medic Tips”, where I will be blogging on different parts of the process highlighted Read more
When starting medicine, one of the most important elements to grasp is an understanding of how everything fits together. It can be easy to separate your anatomy completely from your microanatomy and even your physiology as well, but the aim of these resources is to help you see the bigger picture, as well as to suggest some areas of learning which Read more
It is important that you know what admission test each medical school you apply to requires – for Cardiff, it is the UCAT (formerly known as the UKCAT). In this blog, I will share how I did my preparation and further tips. I hope it is useful! Like I mentioned previously, I ensured that I Read more
I just wanted to do a follow up blog from the overview so that I could share some tips and more about my approach to writing my personal statement. INVEST IN A NOTEBOOK This was my treasured notebook (only cost £1!) – I kept all my notes in it from UCAS talks, open day talks, useful reflections, as Read more
Every year, the UCAS deadline for submitting an application for medicine is 15 October. So what should you be doing to meet this deadline? This blog is going to talk through the key elements of the application process and give some tips to highlight how you can start preparing! So what is UCAS? This is Read more
I thought it would be good to have a collection of reading recommendations – tried and tested by current medics at Cardiff across a range of years! This is useful for prospective students looking for some inspiration about medicine and potentially use in a personal statement! It is also useful for offer holders + current Read more
So finally for the last part of this subseries, I just wanted to delve deeper into what the transition was like for me straight from A levels to 1st year medicine. I will be looking at some of the differences that I found, which I hope will be useful! The transition, in terms of the Read more
I’d thought it’d be interesting if I shared a bit more on what you get to do on placement, which you do once a week when CBL teaching starts. It’s been one of the most favourite parts of the curriculum, because it starts to develop your clinical side early on! So where do you go Read more
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Our student bloggers are all current students studying a variety of subjects, sharing their real-life experiences in their own words to let current and future students know what life is like at Cardiff University.
Each student has their own section on the blog but you can also ask them any questions you might have in the comments.