Hi! I'm Ellen and I am a 3rd year medic! Welcome to my "Medic Tips" blogs - start off by reading my journey, which has all the links to my blogs at the end so you don't miss out on any content! I am also a UniBuddy so please do not hesitate to ask me any further questions!
Content: choosing medical schools as prospective student/ offer holder; how to prepare for medicine application: ucat, personal statement, work experience (+virtual); reading recommendations; what's it like in first year of medicine at Cardiff; resources for transition into 1st year medicine and what do you need for first year medicine!
Recently, I entered a period of de-motivation where I was hardly working and mainly lazing around. Don’t get me wrong taking time out is great and is important for your body to recuperate, but having started back at placement, I needed to be utilising my time efficiently to consolidate what I have seen. One of Read more
I think it’s so important to be able to self-evaluate and recognise areas that you need to work on, so today I want to reflect on a topic which many of you may resonate with: procrastination & last minute productivity. I believe it is actually one of my weaknesses, which often leads to burnout. Even Read more
This week, I have faced dreaded deadlines piling up out of nowhere, time seems to have suddenly sped up and I have transitioned back into working from home, whilst engaging in other online activities and lectures for two weeks until my next placement. I have to say it has been quite an adjustment adapting to Read more
As someone who loves to network and stay engaged with others, it may come as a surprise that I have my notifications switched off for Facebook (+ Messenger), Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and LinkedIn. Look how long it took you read through that list! Imagine all the notifications from 5 different platforms on top of emails Read more
Confession & Commitment! As for lot of people these days, life has been so busy lately. Some highs and lows, and in the midst of this, I find that the one thing I push away the most when I am stressed is blogging/ journalling my thoughts. I’ve realised that because I see it as another Read more
Firstly, if you are reading this with an invite to interview, congratulations! You have overcome the first big hurdle in your journey into medicine! This blog is going to tackle the type of interviews hosted at Cardiff – MMIs with some insight into how they will run virtually, advice for practising and on the day! Read more
As part of my preparing for your medicine application series, I am delighted to be able to provide some information about GAMSAT for those of you who are looking to do graduate entry medicine or wanting to find out some information as an alternative pathway into medicine. As a disclaimer, as I mentioned in the Read more
Firstly, if you’re reading this after having been officially accepted into Cardiff, congratulations! What an achievement and relief to reach the end of your application journey. This blog is useful for all students as it aims to give some advice on what is useful to bring to university. There is also some extra guidance for 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’m Ellen – a 3rd year medic! I started this blog, “Medic Tips”, in January 2020 as a platform to provide guidance for the all stages of the process into medicine and in give an insight into a life of a medic at Cardiff! Here is an overview of my content – you Read more
About our Student Bloggers
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.