Winson Chung, Medicine student

"The first year of medicine at Keele is about learning the basics of the human body and getting the first taste of how doctors manage patients in clinical settings. We are put into small Problem-Based Learning (PBL) groups of 10–11 students. Every week, we are given a clinical case and the PBL tutor guides us to formulate the learning outcomes of the week. The amount we have to learn seems daunting, however, Keele has a supportive environment and everyone in the PBL group is willing to help you out. On top of that, the Keele Medical Education Society (KMES) and the Keele Anatomy Society (KAS) organise teaching sessions given by second-year medical students on some of the most difficult topics of the curriculum. 

The most enjoyable experiences of my first year were the clinical placements. I had the chance to take histories and perform simple examinations on patients under the supervision of the most caring and supportive doctors at the Royal Stoke University Hospital. The time at the hospital and the GP clinic was a constant reminder of why I chose to study medicine. 

There are a plethora of clubs and societies to join so there’s always something for everyone. It’s important to develop a hobby outside of medicine to make sure you don’t burn yourself out.

Although the first year was tough at times, I enjoyed every second of it, and I am grateful for what Keele University School of Medicine has offered me."