Ellen

Ellen

Hi! I'm Ellen and I am a 2nd 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!


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My Journey into Medicine

Posted on 14 April 2020 by Ellen

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
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Resources for Transition to 1st Year Medicine!

Posted on 12 April 2020 by Ellen

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
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All things UCAT!

Posted on 12 April 2020 by Ellen

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
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How to start your medicine personal statement

Posted on 12 April 2020 by Ellen

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
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Reading recommendations!

Posted on 8 April 2020 by Ellen

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
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PART 3: What’s it like on placement?

Posted on 21 March 2020 by Ellen

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
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PART 2: What’s it like doing CBL?

Posted on 20 March 2020 by Ellen

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
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PART 1: What’s it like in the first term?

Posted on 19 March 2020 by Ellen

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
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