Year 2 in 2016
My second year has been even better than my first, in large part due to the excellent curriculum and the incredibly helpful members of staff at Keele. The amount of information you get taught while studying medicine can be daunting. Keele’s spiral curriculum is a fantastic way to always be consolidating what you have learned previously. Topics in first year are touched upon again in second year, helping you remember and expand upon what you already know. For example, first year is all about how the normal body functions, and second year is about using all of those teachings to understand the processes and management of various diseases.
The biggest difference with second year is the number of clinical training opportunities you receive. In addition to having lectures and PBL like in first year, second years go to the Clinical Education Centre to practise a wide range of important clinical skills. By working with teachers in small groups of around six students, you get a great introduction to being a clinician in a friendly and approachable environment. As a second year you also get to attend more placements. These placements vary all the way from examining patients in a musculoskeletal clinic, to performing a patient history in a GP surgery.
The teaching and support staff at Keele are also incredibly helpful. As an international student, I was pleasantly surprised about how much they cared about my well being, not only as a medical student, but as a person that was new to the country. The teaching staff are also very knowledgable and helpful. They go out of their way to make sure that you have the best learning experience you can.
In my spare time, I enjoy playing squash and soccer. It is important to maintain your hobbies and passions during medical school, as medicine is an intense course, and you need to find time to relax and take a break from studying. I was able to do this using Keele’s great sports facilities, which include indoor gyms, squash courts, and a brand new 3G AstroTurf. My experience at Keele has been incredible so far, and I know it will only get better as I enter my clinical years. There is nowhere else I would rather study.