Hi! I'm Ellen and I am currently in my second year of medicine! I remember the long journey to get into medical school: open days, admission tests, interviews, waiting for offers and finally getting the grades to secure my place at Cardiff. I want to be able to use my blogs to provide my "Medic Tips" on these stages of getting into medicine and transition to 1st year of university! I am also a UniBuddy so please do not hesitate to ask me any further questions!
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
So last blog, we talked about how PCS (the first term) was so important to build the foundations for CBL = case based learning. This blog, I will talk about how it works and share some more quotes about it! So how is CBL organised? CBL is spread over Year 1 & 2 with 17 Read more
So let’s get started! Firstly, I’ll talk about the very first week, which like all other courses, is the induction week! Then, I’ll jump into some details about PCS (Platform for Clinical Sciences) in FAQ style. Happy reading! So what happens in the induction week? Throwback to my very first day – Medsoc organised a Read more
Hi everyone! Just wanted to give a short intro into my next 4 PART subseries, aiming to give you a greater insight into how I found my first year of medicine at Cardiff! There will also be some quotes from other current 2nd year medics reflecting back on their experiences as well! This will be Read more
If you’re reading this as a medic offer holder, first of all, I’d like to say a massive congratulations! You’ve reached a major milestone in your journey of getting into medicine, so what’s the next step? Choose your firm and insurance choices! For some, this may be easy to do (like it was for me Read more
So you’ve decided you want to apply for medicine? FANTASTIC! So first step: start thinking about which medical schools you want to apply to! Note: this may change as I will explain later in the blog! I will also share more reasons why I chose Cardiff as one of my choices as well, developing on 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
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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.
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