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    (Original post by AB710344)
    What is meant by:
    Medial and Lateral ?
    lol....the terms medial and lateral are used to describe locations of structures on the body in relation to others. Medial refers to structures that are closer to the midline and lateral refers to structures that are further away from the midline of the body where the midline is a line that passes through the median saggital plane which is an imaginary longitudinal plane that passes through the middle of the body and divides it into two halves a left half and a right half. I hope this helps...lol
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    how many exams have you guys had so far at QUB? has it been stressful at all? is the course structured well? do you find you get enough time to prepare for exams? how large is your cohort? when do you guys start clinical? do you do any clinical in the 1st year? do they let you work on cadavers at all?
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    (Original post by CookieButter)
    lol....the terms medial and lateral are used to describe locations of structures on the body in relation to others. Medial refers to structures that are closer to the midline and lateral refers to structures that are further away from the midline of the body where the midline is a line that passes through the median saggital plane which is an imaginary longitudinal plane that passes through the middle of the body and divides it into two halves a left half and a right half. I hope this helps...lol
    You are a great First Year Medical Student.
    It indicates that you will be a good doctor.
    I am a medical teacher and I know that many First Year Student struggle to give a Lucid reply to this question.
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    (Original post by AB710344)
    You are a great First Year Medical Student.
    It indicates that you will be a good doctor.
    I am a medical teacher and I know that many First Year Student struggle to give a Lucid reply to this question.
    Thank you. These kind words are very encouraging.
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    (Original post by Millie-3)
    It’s that time of the year again! Interviews are in the air, and I’m getting 50 PMs a day, so let’s just get those questions out in the open and go through them
    How helpful is going to Medlink, what happens and do you have any advice for planning to go/what to do when you are at Medlink
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    (Original post by midiwombatz)
    How helpful is going to Medlink, what happens and do you have any advice for planning to go/what to do when you are at Medlink
    If you have the money you could go, it gives you a fun experience but is not necessarily that important as long as you have experience in a clinical healthcare setting. I attended Medsim in the past (which was cheaper and a one day event cf Medlink)
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    How did you know that medicine was what you wanted to pursue?
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    which gcses and a levels to take and min grade
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    what medical field are you interested in and what sparked your interest for that field
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    How is the new course formal especially anatomy working out, is there lots of overlap with the 2nd year directions or is it ok? Does the physiology tie in better now with dissection? What are the developmental weeks like?

    Aside, has there been any incidents in the year that prompted the social etiquette email last week? Dying to hear what happened as afaik it isn’t our year and we all want to know what has happened lol.

    Just a tip though for anatomy, don’t trust the LO from the presentations, learn the LO that are in the dissection guide. Hope the spot tests are going well 😊
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    (Original post by Millie-3)
    It’s that time of the year again! Interviews are in the air, and I’m getting 50 PMs a day, so let’s just get those questions out in the open and go through them
    What do medics think of physio's and nurses in general? Do they view them as annoying or see their jobs as easy? Do they view them as knowledgable? Or do they not think much of them at all?
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    (Original post by inthedark1)
    What do medics think of physio's and nurses in general? Do they view them as annoying or see their jobs as easy? Do they view them as knowledgable? Or do they not think much of them at all?
    Any self-respecting medic would think of PTs / nurses as excellent colleagues. I sincerely hope that no one would "not think much of them". Without them our jobs would be much harder and even impossible. Their job is not easy at all and I don't know where your concept of "annoying" even comes from.
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    (Original post by inthedark1)
    Do they view them as annoying
    I think a medic might view an annoying nurse as annoying. Just like a nurse might view and annoying doctor as annoying! Labelling an entire profession upon which your job is dependent as "annoying" might be an indefensible position though!

    ...or see their jobs as easy?
    I see most ward nurses on night shifts as having an easy job. Not necessarily stress-free, but easy yes.

    Day time though and most senior nurses definitely not. Physios generally seem quite busy too.

    Do they view them as knowledgable? Or do they not think much of them at all?
    Depends on the nurse/physio. A good nurse can be invaluable to both your patient's well-being and your workload, whereas a bad nurse can be an absolute nightmare!
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    (Original post by Millie-3)
    Firstly, I believe (and I might be wrong) that to get your full registration from the GMC, you have to do your foundation years in the UK answer only then can I move abroad as a fully qualified doctor. So ill definitely have to work in the NHS for a while.
    As part of our training, we get taught by F2s sometimes who might be on their Academic Medicine placement. These wonderful young things can be more insightful than our wizened older lecturers sometimes. They generally agree that being a foundation doctor is hard but not the nightmare the media would have us believe. They enjoy their jobs and that gives me hope that the NHS might be a decent employer.

    I would love to move abroad for my specialist training. We got a talk from a plastic surgeon who trained under the leading surgeon in Canada and how it opened so many doors. In fact many of the doctors working for the Nwho speak to us tell us about their stint abroad. So yeah, I would like to move at least for a little while. Just to experience a new country. And I won’t lie, if I eat more money for doing the same job, it won’t hurt.

    As for private sector, I don’t think the NHS will outlive my career. It’s on its knees and the government doesn’t seem to have any plan to swoop in and help. So I’m not going to seek out the private sector but I believe I’ll end up working in it anyway. And also, some specialities lend themselves to privatisation more so than others e.g. push doctor and GPs, cosmetic surgery, etc. I don’t even know what I want to practice.
    Thank you for your honest answer. I have two nephews who have been educated at great expense by the UK tax payer and 2 nieces who are dentists. It is a shame that people who are struggling to pay for basic necessities here are paying for people to be educated only to move to another country. All of them moved to New Zealand and Australia. I am currently asking the government to rethink its approach to make pay for their training if the UK tax payer does not see the rewards, after all, it costs at least £100k to train doctors and Dentists. It is a shame. I personally was a soldier and would have been under the official secrets act not to jump ship to another country or face incarnation, when it was the UK who paid for my training and expertise. We are called mercenaries if we do it but it does not seem to apply to any other professions. Surely we can keep people like you here. I am indebted to medics after being bombed and having foreign doctors work on me who could not understand me but were employed as NHS medics when really their country needed them more. But then they had paid for their own education sometimes their families had made a sacrifice and sold their homes, some their entire wealth so their Son or Daughter could become a Dr, Dentist, or nurse. Whilst the people we train at great expense will move to overseas. I try and tell my own nieces and nephews that but they complain about the conditions of the NHS, not wanting to live in a country which has too many people and is not the country they recognise from mass immigration where they grew up, but accepted the education it affords them. Whilst people I saw lost limbs, life and loved ones to fight for the country that affords people to be educated and have free speech. But your honest and I think it a great loss every time a British trained English speaking move to a country that has benefitted by people who pay the UK tax to elevate this country.
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    I have an online interview with UCC (Ireland) tomorrow. What advice would you give me? I’m so nervous. I stutter a lot.
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    I really wanted to bite my lip at your response but feel that I have to reply.

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    ... it costs at least £100k to train doctors and Dentists. It is a shame. I personally was a soldier and would have been under the official secrets act not to jump ship to another country or face incarnation, when it was the UK who paid for my training and expertise.
    Firstly, how much did you pay? I bet it wasn't £9000 per year.

    We are called mercenaries if we do it but it does not seem to apply to any other professions. Surely we can keep people like you here.
    No, actually. The fact of the matter is the NHS undervalues junior doctors. There is no support for us, and espcially those in difficulty. The recent court case against Dr B-G has illustrated this nicely.

    Many of our colleagues are disheartened about working in the NHS. It is a monopoly and there is no escape to another provider. I can see the trend that FY2 doctors leaving this country, getting worse.

    I am indebted to medics after being bombed and having foreign doctors work on me who could not understand me but were employed as NHS medics when really their country needed them more.
    How do you know that? Maybe there is a surplus in that country?! Plus the pay and condition is (relatively) better here compared to their home country, so why not?

    Similarly speaking, if the pay and condition is better in Aus / NZ, why couldn't UK trained doctors go? Same difference.

    But then they had paid for their own education sometimes their families had made a sacrifice and sold their homes, some their entire wealth so their Son or Daughter could become a Dr, Dentist, or nurse.
    So has the UK-trained doctors. They have debts of > £50k on graduation. There may not be many house-selling here but the debts are substantial for a fresh graduate. Remember the course here is 5-6 years, each costing £9000 / year.

    Whilst the people we train at great expense will move to overseas. I try and tell my own nieces and nephews that but they complain about the conditions of the NHS, not wanting to live in a country which has too many people and is not the country they recognise from mass immigration where they grew up,
    And the problem with mass immigration is...?

    but accepted the education it affords them. Whilst people I saw lost limbs, life and loved ones to fight for the country that affords people to be educated and have free speech. But your honest and I think it a great loss every time a British trained English speaking move to a country that has benefitted by people who pay the UK tax to elevate this country.
    It is you're, not your. It is people like you and the system (NHS), that makes me wanting to leave the country. Not mass immigration or another other rubbish that the right-wing press is spouting.

    Remember, if you force doctors to work 5 / 7 years or however long after graduation, you will just make even more UK educated students to study overseas. It is not the solution you think will work.

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    I have an online interview with UCC (Ireland) tomorrow. What advice would you give me? I’m so nervous. I stutter a lot.
    Just relax and be yourself. Don't be anxious and answer the question posed. Do not side track. You cannot believe how many candidates I interviewed just answered what they thought we asked and not what was actually asked!
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    (Original post by Tlameloisstrange)
    I have an online interview with UCC (Ireland) tomorrow. What advice would you give me? I’m so nervous. I stutter a lot.
    I wouldn't worry too much. Like ecolier said, just answer the question posed. I have people in my year who come across as the most confident people in the world, and I also have peers who cannot get through a sentence without stuttering. Regardless, both sets of people have got in. Good luck!
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    (Original post by Jibba Habba)
    Thank you for your honest answer. I have two nephews who have been educated at great expense by the UK tax payer and 2 nieces who are dentists. It is a shame that people who are struggling to pay for basic necessities here are paying for people to be educated only to move to another country. All of them moved to New Zealand and Australia. I am currently asking the government to rethink its approach to make pay for their training if the UK tax payer does not see the rewards, after all, it costs at least £100k to train doctors and Dentists. It is a shame. I personally was a soldier and would have been under the official secrets act not to jump ship to another country or face incarnation, when it was the UK who paid for my training and expertise. We are called mercenaries if we do it but it does not seem to apply to any other professions. Surely we can keep people like you here. I am indebted to medics after being bombed and having foreign doctors work on me who could not understand me but were employed as NHS medics when really their country needed them more. But then they had paid for their own education sometimes their families had made a sacrifice and sold their homes, some their entire wealth so their Son or Daughter could become a Dr, Dentist, or nurse. Whilst the people we train at great expense will move to overseas. I try and tell my own nieces and nephews that but they complain about the conditions of the NHS, not wanting to live in a country which has too many people and is not the country they recognise from mass immigration where they grew up, but accepted the education it affords them. Whilst people I saw lost limbs, life and loved ones to fight for the country that affords people to be educated and have free speech. But your honest and I think it a great loss every time a British trained English speaking move to a country that has benefitted by people who pay the UK tax to elevate this country.
    I agree with the above. To further emphasise - when you go into the military you get paid. When you become a med student, you pay for the pleasure! If you're suggesting we pay all medics (like med students who enter the army and are subject to conscription afterwards are paid) then maybe you'd get some people objecting less! I assume you want people to be conscripted as doctors.

    So we're probably talking about a ten year conscription, much longer than normal army time. Only RAF fighter pilots are kept on for longer, and their training costs millions, not a mere hundred thousand.

    Its also of note that currently we benefit substantially more from doctors who immigrate here than English doctors who leave. Especially EU doctors. It would be totally hypocritical of course to demand payment from UK doctors who leave but not offer to pay for the training of foreign doctors who come here. Is that what you are suggesting? That we refund the EU for the cost of training a full 10% of our doctors, plus all other countries we have greatly benefited from?

    Conscripting all doctors would not at all be comparable to what the army does currently, would only be an excuse for Mr Hunt to decrease conditions further and would result in people like myself making it their mission to ensure no one sensible takes up med student training in the UK again.
 
 
 
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