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    Got the list of hospital choices through for 4th (finals) year :eek:

    Any help on picking between major teaching hospitals and DGHs where there's more time for them to teach and the highest pass rates but less interesting cases and specialities? Only been in one teaching hospital as a student so far (which wasn't great or well organised) and I'm on community right now, so no chance to see the others before I pick...
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Got the list of hospital choices through for 4th (finals) year :eek:

    Any help on picking between major teaching hospitals and DGHs where there's more time for them to teach and the highest pass rates but less interesting cases and specialities? Only been in one teaching hospital as a student so far (which wasn't great or well organised) and I'm on community right now, so no chance to see the others before I pick...
    Do you know any students or doctors who have already been to any of them to ask? I think several reviews from last years students would be the best guide.
    Is the pass rate actually significantly different?

    In my experience DGH's can often feel more friendly because you get to know a smaller group of people better and you can also feel more included in the team when on the ward. The benefit of seeing lots of common conditions is that you can do more/be more involved and get more confident in the things that are really likely to come up in finals (and as a doctor). Also interesting cases often present initially at the DGH.

    But equally if the set up is good in a big teaching hospital, you would also have a great placement, there may well be more formal teaching opportunities etc. It's not like common conditions only present at small hospitals, you will still get enough experience of the bread and butter stuff, and lots more besides.

    IME it's mostly about the organisation and attitudes of the teaching staff. I'd recommend having both experiences, so if you've already had a big teaching hospital but not a DGH, I'd be inclined to ask for one. As long as you haven't heard bad things about the hospital.
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    Well getting to theatre for 7:30 was an abject failure (attempt #2 tomorrow) but managed to get in for day cases in the afternoon helped with a few practical procedures + learnt how much I don't know about pharmacology...
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Got the list of hospital choices through for 4th (finals) year :eek:

    Any help on picking between major teaching hospitals and DGHs where there's more time for them to teach and the highest pass rates but less interesting cases and specialities? Only been in one teaching hospital as a student so far (which wasn't great or well organised) and I'm on community right now, so no chance to see the others before I pick...
    Im of the view of DGH all the way... Ive been in huge teaching hospitals and you tend to get lost in the system. I've found i the DGH's Im given a lot more responsibility and they just have more time for you. You do get the more common stuff which is great as when would i need to know about a super rare cardiac problem/endocrine thing that they have nay 3 cases a year of?
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    Anyone know of a good way to manage mid back pain from studying? Don't want to start having to pop pills all the time and I've always found massages to be super painful
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    (Original post by Miss Purple)
    Anyone know of a good way to manage mid back pain from studying? Don't want to start having to pop pills all the time and I've always found massages to be super painful
    Back pain from studying ?!

    How on earth are you studying? (A serious question here) ... bad posture I suspect.
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    Anyone got any advice on electives?
    I would love to go to New Zealand or Australia, but I'm also quite drawn to Germany (except the language may be an issue; I speak German okayish, but not any medical German...).
    Of course all depends on whether I could actually get a placement in any of these places but I don't know where to apply in the first place
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    (Original post by Miss Purple)
    Anyone know of a good way to manage mid back pain from studying? Don't want to start having to pop pills all the time and I've always found massages to be super painful
    Sounds like a posture thing. Try to make sure you have a reasonably supportive chair too. I also find stretching helps with not feeling like your muscles are "bunched up" from sitting still for a long time.
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    (Original post by JOO93)
    Back pain from studying ?!

    How on earth are you studying? (A serious question here) ... bad posture I suspect.
    (Original post by LilithSternin)
    Sounds like a posture thing. Try to make sure you have a reasonably supportive chair too. I also find stretching helps with not feeling like your muscles are "bunched up" from sitting still for a long time.
    I find it difficult studying at home, so I study in cafes that have terrible chairs. Library is a no go too, it closes at 9
    So I either twiddle my thumbs at home or study and try to find a remedy for this back that's like corned beef
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Got the list of hospital choices through for 4th (finals) year :eek:

    Any help on picking between major teaching hospitals and DGHs where there's more time for them to teach and the highest pass rates but less interesting cases and specialities? Only been in one teaching hospital as a student so far (which wasn't great or well organised) and I'm on community right now, so no chance to see the others before I pick...
    I know there are other unis that do finals in fourth year, but if you're at Liverpool by any chance, feel free to PM me if you want an opinion from a fourth year!

    E: I personally haven't noticed less interesting conditions at DGHs compared to big hospitals actually! If anything, I've seen waaay more cool signs this year at a DGH than other years at bigger hospitals!
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    Looks like Scotland Is getting it's first grad course.
    Found this from a link on the St Andrews Medical School twitter feed from 14th June


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    (Original post by K4TE Star)
    Looks like Scotland Is getting it's first grad course.
    Found this from a link on the St Andrews Medical School twitter feed from 14th June


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    Derry is getting their own in a couple of years too

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    Fair play to Wales for looking to out-compete England for GPs by offering them training

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    (Original post by That Bearded Man)
    Fair play to Wales for looking to out-compete England for GPs by offering them training

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    Tell me about it, training in wales is so appealing to me considering I am a medical student here, its a brilliant country which sadly loses a lot of medical students once graduated to england.

    Definetly an exciting prospect for future welsh GPs.
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    (Original post by Miss Purple)
    Anyone know of a good way to manage mid back pain from studying? Don't want to start having to pop pills all the time and I've always found massages to be super painful
    I found some yoga/stretch exercises helpful. You can find some videos online, but it works even better if you go to actual classes.
    Also, try laying down on the solid floor for few minutes, that helps too
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    (Original post by Miss Purple)
    Anyone know of a good way to manage mid back pain from studying? Don't want to start having to pop pills all the time and I've always found massages to be super painful
    Tried foam rolling?
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    Hi guys

    I'm a new student with an upcoming AR.

    Any general tips/advice?
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Hi guys

    I'm a new student with an upcoming AR.

    Any general tips/advice?
    What's an AR?
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    (Original post by Zain-A)
    What's an AR?
    Analytical review
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    (Original post by Miss Purple)
    Anyone know of a good way to manage mid back pain from studying? Don't want to start having to pop pills all the time and I've always found massages to be super painful
    Have you tried not studying?
 
 
 
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