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    Hi all! I am going into 3rd year starting this fall..but was considering intercalating in translational medicine. I have been doing some research into this but would really like to know from someone who is doing the course what it is like and how one is supposed to make the best use of an intercalated year.
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    Hi all! I am going into 3rd year starting this fall..but was considering intercalating in translational medicine. I have been doing some research into this but would really like to know from someone who is doing the course what it is like and how one is supposed to make the best use of an intercalated year.
    Hi, I intercalated this year in Mol Path of Cancer, which has significant overlap with Translational Med (2 of my modules this year) and tbh I was really disappointed with how lacking in medical info it was.

    I got a scholarship for it, I wanted a year to do some research and try and get published, and I had no idea about my specialty to work in.

    I found oncology interesting, and the new biomarker identification will be relevant, but I think intercalatory degrees vary uni by uni, most of the students I know who intercalated cannot wait to get back to 4th year.

    I'd describe my course, and indeed the translational modules, as for the medics who don't want to be doctors, who maybe want an idea of a job outside of actually being a doctor, so working in a lab, or working with big Pharma.

    I padded out my year by getting published, networking a little bit and enjoying a more laid back year tbh. I didn't really enjoy my course that much at all. I also found my course a HUGE jump, assuming a substantial amount of knowledge more than I was aware of with no resources to catch up.

    I'll speculate and say that maybe my course and uni are a bad example, I'm in NI and their attitude to intercalating is probably different. That said, if you want someone to say "translational medicine was great" I'm afraid it's not me. I loathed it, it wasn't medical and I didn't find it interesting at all.
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    Thankyou for replying and for being so honest about your entire experience intercalating.
    I have heard really mixed reviews about the translational medicine course in NI. Its one of the few unis that does offer it as intercalated masters and I was strongly considering it myself. As for intercalation itself again its 50/50. Some people advise against it and some people believe it is the way to go.
    I am in a similar position to you about specialities at this point, not really sure what I wanna do lol(just finished 2nd year). Again I am hoping to get research out of this as well. Would you suggest looking into other unis apart from NI or looking into other courses?
    Also how and when did you start the application process for intercalation courses? And how would you suggest that one plans their intercalation year to get the most out of it? Any advice will be greatly appreciated!!
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    (Original post by Medic96)
    Hi all! I am going into 3rd year starting this fall..but was considering intercalating in translational medicine. I have been doing some research into this but would really like to know from someone who is doing the course what it is like and how one is supposed to make the best use of an intercalated year.
    Hey! One of my cousins actually did an intercalated year at Imperial and is studying medicine. They found it amazingly useful and actually want to specialise in management when they're older. They told me it was a good break from general medicine all the time, and they learned lots of skills they wouldn't have otherwise gotten. Hope that helps!
 
 
 
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