Life as a... · Jan. 02, 2019
My Experience as a Student at King's College Medical School
I am a Medical Student at King’s College London where I have studied 2 years of Medicine and 1 year of Global Health, which I took as an intercalated BSC at King’s. So far I have successfully made it through 3 years at university, which makes me halfway through my degree.
This blog gives you a little insight into what it is like to study Medicine at King’s. I will also discuss how to live in London, which has successfully managed to hold the title as the: ‘most expensive city in Europe’ for 3 years running. So now, by proxy, I’ve successfully accomplished living in the most expensive European city as a full time student. If that is not an achievement, then I’m not sure what is!
What to expect at KCL
King's medical teaching is very similar to that offered by other integrated courses with the first 2 years of the course demanding students to sit through 9-5 lectures every day. The lectures were mixed up with dissection practices and histology. During the week, you also have scheduled tutorials where you have to prepare work for questions beforehand.
While histology classes tend to drag a little, dissection classes were so interesting as each tutorial group were given a cadaver each to study. These sessions coincided with anatomy lectures that we received and I have 2 top tips:
Dissection class tip 1
One thing that I was warned very seriously about was the anatomy munchies. The cadavers are prepared with certain chemicals that notoriously give of a pungent odour that can make you very hungry... I didn’t really experience this but perhaps prepare for dissection by eating (whilst furiously cramming in anatomy notes).
Dissection class tip 1
Be careful when you're using a scalpel to get rid of any fascia (fatty layer on the cadaver) as it can flick everywhere and is really greasy.
Challenges I faced in medical school
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Reasons why I took BSc
- I needed a break from science
- A more flexible timetable which let me take on more roles in the hockey club
- I wanted to study something I was always interested in but had not dedicated time to
- Learning that the world is a very complicated place and improving my vocabulary to words like neoliberalism, which instantly improves your IQ if it is dropped into a casual conversation
Societies at King’s College
Why did I choose King's?
There are many tricks that make student living in London a bit easier!
Lesson 1: Accept and befriend your overdraft
Lesson 2: Walking improves your health and bank account
Lesson 3: If you’re lost, walk towards the Shard
Lesson 4: South London is “up and coming"
Lesson 5: Always choose top-deck on a bus
Lesson 6: 49p filter coffees exist!
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My final thoughts on studying medicine at King’s College London
King’s is a great option if you're looking to study Medicine in London without immediately having to commit to studying for 6 years. Even though the different campuses are spread out, Guy’s campus almost feels like a mini-university within King’s, as most home and international students in GKT societies study at this campus and all know each other. I would definitely pick to study here again and I’m looking forward to my clinical teaching in some of the most renowned hospital wards in the country. I’d definitely recommend studying here!
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Miss Rebecca Cervenak
Rebecca is a Medical Student at King's College London. She has received the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award and is a Content Writer for theMSAG.