Final Year Medics - Class of 2020 Watch

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After the success of the Class of 2019 thread, here is a thread for us final year medics 2020!

How are we all feeling about the approaching year?
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Awful, but I think that’s the wrong answer
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After the success of the Class of 2019 thread, here is a thread for us final year medics 2020!

How are we all feeling about the approaching year?
start in 2 weeks... feeling incredibly apprehensive. I think the only thing getting me through is knowing finals are already over (and I passed) so I only have the SJT, a few progress tests and the PSA to worry about - no more OSCEs!!

started to think about jobs yet? I think I'm going to put Wales deanery top and hopefully would like a job in South Wales so my partner (who will then be husband) doesn't have to move again so 🤞
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Can’t wait for it to be over to be honest 😬
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start in 2 weeks... feeling incredibly apprehensive. I think the only thing getting me through is knowing finals are already over (and I passed) so I only have the SJT, a few progress tests and the PSA to worry about - no more OSCEs!!

started to think about jobs yet? I think I'm going to put Wales deanery top and hopefully would like a job in South Wales so my partner (who will then be husband) doesn't have to move again so 🤞
Same here about feeling apprehensive! We start in 2 weeks too, I'm not ready to have to say that I'm a final year just yet it's brilliant that you've passed your finals, it must be such a weight off for you!

Yep, I'm pretty keen on the Northern deanery so fingers crossed for that! Have you considered other deaneries or are you pretty set on Wales?
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Awful, but I think that’s the wrong answer
I know what you mean! I was on the wards for changeover day on Wednesday and it is scary to think that next changeover day it'll be us!
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Same here about feeling apprehensive! We start in 2 weeks too, I'm not ready to have to say that I'm a final year just yet it's brilliant that you've passed your finals, it must be such a weight off for you!

Yep, I'm pretty keen on the Northern deanery so fingers crossed for that! Have you considered other deaneries or are you pretty set on Wales?
yea it's one big weight off my shoulders, but it made 4th year incredibly tough - had the year from hell (quite literally with specialities plus finals) so hopefully 5th year will be much nicer.

I'm pretty set on Wales, going to put north west second (where I'm from so makes a nice second as I know the area well) and then Midlands third (or vice-versa). the likelihood is unless I score appallingly on the SJT (scary but I've seen it done) then I should get Wales as it's often easier to get into than others.

providing I don't end up on the Isle of Mann or somewhere hours away from civilisation, I'm ok because my partner has a semi flexible job providing there is work around. would hate to be newlywed and seperated again for a couple of years (been there done that).
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I know what you mean! I was on the wards for changeover day on Wednesday and it is scary to think that next changeover day it'll be us!
brb going to vomit at that thought 😭
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I know what you mean! I was on the wards for changeover day on Wednesday and it is scary to think that next changeover day it'll be us!
Ah man, there's just a million assessments for us to do, I'm still tired/worn out. I'll feel better once I get back into the swing of things I reckon though!
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A lot of people get into North-west Thames in London even though that's the toughest, so i would be surprised if anybody struggled to get into their top first or second choice outside of London, unless they were bottom rank, no BSc, and low SJT.
I have been told you often (unless you completely crash on the SJT) get your first choice deanery, and the competition comes when ranking jobs/locations within that.

all of my friends are doing BSc's this next year. I personally couldn't wait to get out of med school so didn't see the appeal (pretty set on general practice so was advised only do intercalate if I truly wanted to do the degree). the lack of extra points does play on my mind sometimes, but in the grand scheme of things I performed well in med school so it shouldn't be to much to worry about for Wales.
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Currently finishing off an intercalated MSc, cannot wait to return to clinical medicine! I would love to do an AFP in Cambridge or Bristol but did nothing extra throughout med school! Not sure whether I even stand a chance. Otherwise quite keen on going to London for the regular FP.
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Currently finishing off an intercalated MSc, cannot wait to return to clinical medicine! I would love to do an AFP in Cambridge or Bristol but did nothing extra throughout med school! Not sure whether I even stand a chance. Otherwise quite keen on going to London for the regular FP.
Did nothing extra, except an MSc. Thats something not loads of people will have
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Did nothing extra, except an MSc. Thats something not loads of people will have
I guess it is worth a shot!?
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I guess it is worth a shot!?
Nothing to lose!
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God, this is a bit terrifying started this account years ago when my life was all UKCAT/BMAT, and now back here with all new acronyms to lose sleep over :P



Only just got back from elective, definitely not ready to start uni again next week haha
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We started back on Monday after only two weeks off. Still exhausted from last year and terrified for this year haha
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We started back on Monday after only two weeks off. Still exhausted from last year and terrified for this year haha
Makes me feel bad for complaining about my 4 week holiday literally 5 minutes ago. Thats rough - are you straight back into placement?
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Makes me feel bad for complaining about my 4 week holiday literally 5 minutes ago. Thats rough - are you straight back into placement?
Yeah, started my 6 week paeds placement Monday morning. 6 day week in paeds ED this week too so not a slow start haha
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Yeah, started my 6 week paeds placement Monday morning. 6 day week in paeds ED this week too so not a slow start haha
Thrown right back into it then. Loved paeds ED, was one of my favourite placements (have done it a couple of times now).
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What does everyones final year actually consist of? It seems to differ massively depending on the medical school, so im curious to know what you all do this year?

We have 3 placements (2 shadowing FY1s in the hospital and 1 primary care) plus our elective and some random lecture weeks inbetween. Its all general medicine, no specialities (we did those last year) and as we have already sat finals its almost like an apprenticeship year.

Would be interested to hear what everyone else does?
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