Ambassadors from the University of Leeds visited Notre Dame this week to provide students with an insight into the reality of life as a medic in training.
The ambassadors provided an outline of how lectures, lab activities, and placements were spread across a four year medical degree, and talked honestly about the challenges and high points of their courses. Topics ranged from dissection to Harry Potter!
Different routes into medicine were also explored, including the options of taking a gap year or studying the subject as a post-graduate degree. The ambassadors also talked about alternatives to medicine such as neuroscience and psychology.
The visitors stressed the importance of looking into the style of teaching and assessment when researching different medical degrees. When it comes to writing a personal statement, they explained that admissions tutors want you to explain what you’ve learnt from your work experience, rather than just listing it.
At the end of the event, Notre Dame students had the chance to ask questions. They quizzed the ambassadors on entry grades and tests, asking what they could do to make their applications stand out.
The event was very useful and informative. Thanks are due to the Careers department for making the visit possible.