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Hi! Is anyone here a med student at Aston? Or know someone who goes there? How are you/they finding it? Pros? Cons?

I've applied there so curious to know how the new med students are finding it there.
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Currently a 1st year at Aston Medical School.

The experience I have here is not that great for a medical school but I give you pros and cons:

Pros: Staff are very dedicated to the vision of setting a brand new medical school. You can see that they really believe in the vision and they hope to make it successful.

Cons: I don't even know where to start...

- Not enough dedicated teaching facilities: They are currently occupying a very-very small section of the optometry school. They have to share lecture rooms with optometry students making it very chaotic as this forces them to 'fit' their timetable to optometry students. Additionally, they have incorporated something called teaching based learning where it is basically group work. This group poses a significant problem because there are 2-3 groups in one small room working on a workbook, it is very distracting and not very useful. Before I came to the medical school, they claimed that they were going to build a dedicated building for the medical school that would open in 2019. That plan has been scrapped and completely wiped from their website. Thier new plan is to move to the main building (which feels like a college as they love to shove all courses into one building excluding business); but this space is still quite small in my opinion.

- There seems to be lack of support from Aston University itself. The medical school seems to be isolated from the rest of the university (although I understand that is what medicine is like; Aston does not do this in a 'good way'). It seems like we are not welcomed and that there are certain people that don't support the medical school higher up (hence no building and lack of resources for the school); I believe this likely stems from the high risk this medical school poses for the university and additionally lack of money that Aston has to support the medical school.

- Horrible timetabling/organisation: When it comes to medical school, you would expect a timetable from 1st and 2nd year, 9am-5pm. Linking back to lack of resources and dedicated teaching facilities, we only have approx 2 lectures per day plus one group work session. While it is nothing to complain about as we have less than others, certainly this but us at a disadvantage.

- It also seems they are more inclined to train us all as GPs rather than specialists so if you want to specialise, this is not the university for you.


I really hope the situation improves in the future, otherwise it seems like it will be a waste of 5 years.
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Hi

Currently a 1st year at Aston Medical School.

The experience I have here is not that great for a medical school but I give you pros and cons:

Pros: Staff are very dedicated to the vision of setting a brand new medical school. You can see that they really believe in the vision and they hope to make it successful.

Cons: I don't even know where to start...

- Not enough dedicated teaching facilities: They are currently occupying a very-very small section of the optometry school. They have to share lecture rooms with optometry students making it very chaotic as this forces them to 'fit' their timetable to optometry students. Additionally, they have incorporated something called teaching based learning where it is basically group work. This group poses a significant problem because there are 2-3 groups in one small room working on a workbook, it is very distracting and not very useful. Before I came to the medical school, they claimed that they were going to build a dedicated building for the medical school that would open in 2019. That plan has been scrapped and completely wiped from their website. Thier new plan is to move to the main building (which feels like a college as they love to shove all courses into one building excluding business); but this space is still quite small in my opinion.

- There seems to be lack of support from Aston University itself. The medical school seems to be isolated from the rest of the university (although I understand that is what medicine is like; Aston does not do this in a 'good way'). It seems like we are not welcomed and that there are certain people that don't support the medical school higher up (hence no building and lack of resources for the school); I believe this likely stems from the high risk this medical school poses for the university and additionally lack of money that Aston has to support the medical school.

- Horrible timetabling/organisation: When it comes to medical school, you would expect a timetable from 1st and 2nd year, 9am-5pm. Linking back to lack of resources and dedicated teaching facilities, we only have approx 2 lectures per day plus one group work session. While it is nothing to complain about as we have less than others, certainly this but us at a disadvantage.

- It also seems they are more inclined to train us all as GPs rather than specialists so if you want to specialise, this is not the university for you.


I really hope the situation improves in the future, otherwise it seems like it will be a waste of 5 years.
Wow.

Thank you for the response!
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Hi

Currently a 1st year at Aston Medical School.

The experience I have here is not that great for a medical school but I give you pros and cons:

Pros: Staff are very dedicated to the vision of setting a brand new medical school. You can see that they really believe in the vision and they hope to make it successful.

Cons: I don't even know where to start...

- Not enough dedicated teaching facilities: They are currently occupying a very-very small section of the optometry school. They have to share lecture rooms with optometry students making it very chaotic as this forces them to 'fit' their timetable to optometry students. Additionally, they have incorporated something called teaching based learning where it is basically group work. This group poses a significant problem because there are 2-3 groups in one small room working on a workbook, it is very distracting and not very useful. Before I came to the medical school, they claimed that they were going to build a dedicated building for the medical school that would open in 2019. That plan has been scrapped and completely wiped from their website. Thier new plan is to move to the main building (which feels like a college as they love to shove all courses into one building excluding business); but this space is still quite small in my opinion.

- There seems to be lack of support from Aston University itself. The medical school seems to be isolated from the rest of the university (although I understand that is what medicine is like; Aston does not do this in a 'good way'). It seems like we are not welcomed and that there are certain people that don't support the medical school higher up (hence no building and lack of resources for the school); I believe this likely stems from the high risk this medical school poses for the university and additionally lack of money that Aston has to support the medical school.

- Horrible timetabling/organisation: When it comes to medical school, you would expect a timetable from 1st and 2nd year, 9am-5pm. Linking back to lack of resources and dedicated teaching facilities, we only have approx 2 lectures per day plus one group work session. While it is nothing to complain about as we have less than others, certainly this but us at a disadvantage.

- It also seems they are more inclined to train us all as GPs rather than specialists so if you want to specialise, this is not the university for you.


I really hope the situation improves in the future, otherwise it seems like it will be a waste of 5 years.
hi do you have a photo of your timetable which you can show me if that's not to much to ask?
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