London Med Student

I’m coming to terms with failure

So this is something I’ve not wanted to particularly admit on here - that I failed my final exams. I passed my writtens, but failed the OSCE (by approxi...

Worth remembering that we do help people

The fact that my parents read the Daily Mail is a source of constant frustration to me. I used to try to explain to my Mum that you don’t need to take a ...

The ‘F’ in FPAS clearly stands for fiasco

Thousands of medical students received an email at approximately 6pm yesterday informing us that our FPAS allocations may be wrong. It stands for Founda...

Revision courses are just preying on the fearful

Want to profit massively from student anxiety? Start a revision course! As a fifth year medical student, I am mindful that my dreaded final year exams a...

Is Mid Staffs caught in ‘a vicious cycle’?

I hadn’t heard of Mid Staffordshire or the Francis report until it hit the media very recently. But Staffordshire rang a bell - when I was doing my FPAS ...

Unconvinced by foundation years entry process

So I recently completed the first challenge that every final year medical student faces - that of the Foundation Programme Application System (FPAS). It's ...

Nick Clegg’s cringing student loan vid is an insult

So Nick Clegg, our deputy prime minister, has decided to insult students even more by apologising for supporting us in the first place. I agree with Liam B...

Does med student anxiety deserve more support?

The further I get through medical school, the more I become concerned about the mental health of some of my fellow students. I’m pretty convinced in gen...

Five things doctors shouldn’t say to med students

1. “I’m sorry, but we’re really busy today.” We know you’re busy. Everyone is busy. We won’t find one doctor in the entire hospital that isn...

Why do we bother with medical electives?

At my university, it’s now the elective period for my year - just at the beginning of final year. We’ve jetted off all across the world, from New Zeala...

Weighing up doctors’ career pros and cons

When I applied to medical school, I had that competitive streak that I assume nearly all applicants have. I thought I could be the best, that I could do ev...