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Help! I’m not a robot…

Help! I’m not a robot…

It’s late on a Friday afternoon. Opposite you is ‘Mrs Green’, a lady who has arrived with a bad case of athlete’s foot. As you ask to have a look, she begins to wince in embarrassment. You reassure her that ‘anything you see will not go further than their health-care team’, in a dull echo of the first long list […]

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Peripheral rotations abroad – a must for medics?

Peripheral rotations abroad – a must for medics?

Medicine is a field that encompasses a plethora of knowledge, which medical students and doctors attempt to acquire continuously from the moment they begin the course.  Clinical medicine is a more practical way of learning from patients in hospital wards and clinics. Most students experience this style of learning after year three.  Currently, most specialty rotations are done within the […]

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Ergo Cogito Ergo Sum

  I think, therefore I am – a quotation from one of the greatest philosophers of the Middle Ages. Descartes was a visionary, but did he fall into error with this bold statement? ‘Descartes’ Error’ by Antonio Damasio is a neurobiology book masquerading as a philosophical idea. The ideas of this book is to essentially break down the very facets […]

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The Love Drug

  I have tried to love someone, I really have. I’ve sought them out across the student union, I’ve stalked them from my friend’s Facebook account. I just can’t love them as much as I love drugs. Not just the kind that gives all those Old Etonians the feeling of being down with one’s brethrin but the entire vast pharmaceutical […]

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This Modern Love

This Modern Love

  I see it often enough across coffee shop tables, that look that asks where everything is heading. Two people, two experiences of the same moment, two different itineraries. How can they abide by their own schedule if at the same time they must cater for, and knot their own fantasies wih those of another? ‘Isn’t life complicated enough’, they’re […]

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PasTest your Finals…

Most medical students have probably passed the rite of passage where fast-approaching practical exams induce a panic, further undermined by a fear of inadequate preparation. The phrase ëintegrate knowledgeí and ëpractice, practice, practiceí resonate louder and louder in oneís mind as the date for OSCEs or PACES, or whatever oneís university calls it, approaches faster and faster. For the studious […]

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Barts Pilot New Peer Assisted Learning Scheme

A new scheme has been developed at Barts and the London Medical School to help students who are struggling with their exams and revision. Peer Assisted Learning, an initiative founded by three budding medical students, is a way for people who are struggling to gain access to a medical student in a higher year, who has surpassed the hurdle with […]

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Finding ECG interpretation difficult?

Understanding the commonly seen black squiggly lines on red checked paper throughout hospitals can be a daunting task for anyone working within healthcare. ‘ECG made Easy’ is highly recommended for all junior doctors and medical students to read just before commencing their first placement. The easy to carry book equips readers with the essential knowledge needed to interpret ECGs. It […]

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Diary of an FY1

It’s six months to the end of FY1 – where did the time go?  I have not improved my knowledge of medicine sufficiently to become the on call SHO in half a year.  Worrying.  At the same time, I’ve finally come out of the panic-stricken zone of “oh my god I’m going to kill someone, I’m the world’s worst FY1” […]

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RAG Week Success

RAG Week Success

This week, Imperial College School of Medicine celebrated its annual RAG week. The week kicked off with Commuters Collect and RAG games  on Monday, a trip to Mahikis on Tuesday. Wednesday saw the infamous RAG invasion, which sees students completing a series of ridiculous challenges around London. The Circle Line Pub Crawl, a favourite among final year medics, saw hundreds […]

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