Brittany Hillman, Medicine Student

"Much of the first year was focussing on healthy bodily functions and anatomy, creating the foundations which the spiral curriculum can build on. Cadaveric dissection is taught at Keele during years 1 and 2, an opportunity I felt enabled the development of a well-rounded anatomical understanding of the human body that is difficult to achieve from pictures in textbooks.

The problem based learning (PBL) approach continued into second year and provided an effective platform to begin to understand diseases. As my PBL group and I worked through a new case each week, we began to acquire skills that doctors use to diagnose and manage patients. For a morning/afternoon each week, we went to the Clinical Education Centre at the hospital site, where we were introduced to clinical procedures (such as taking blood), examining simulated patients and taking histories. These skills sessions make transitioning to later years both easier and more exciting.

With the demands of medicine, it can be tricky to find and maintain a balance between studying and having a social life. The great thing about university is that they allocate Wednesday afternoons off for you to participate in sports (if you wish to, of course). I made use of this by playing for the university netball team, allowing me to socialise with people outside of my degree and stay fit at the same time.

Overall, I can honestly say choosing Keele was the best decision I made. The campus, hospital and small year groups make it the perfect location to study medicine."