occupational health form for medschool Watch

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hi,

i'm due to start medical school in sept.

Need to complete OH form.

My parents forced me to go to the GP 12-18months ago (can't remember exactly) because of my mental health.

Was feeling down but I know what was causing it (UCAS application, uncertainty about the future).

The prescribed antidepressants, which i never took.

They referred me to the wellbeing team who I spoke to on the phone every couple of weeks for a few months, they didn't really help much.

I don't actually think I was depressed, probs just more a bit stressed out. All my friends seemed to have their lives planned out and I didn't.

I have since taken a gap year and am feeling much better.

Do I need to declare this on my OH form? I don't really think it's significant. Will it prevent me from going (can't really afford for that to be happening seeing as i should be starting in a month).
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(Original post by Anonymous)
hi,

i'm due to start medical school in sept.

Need to complete OH form.

My parents forced me to go to the GP 12-18months ago (can't remember exactly) because of my mental health.

Was feeling down but I know what was causing it (UCAS application, uncertainty about the future).

The prescribed antidepressants, which i never took.

They referred me to the wellbeing team who I spoke to on the phone every couple of weeks for a few months, they didn't really help much.

I don't actually think I was depressed, probs just more a bit stressed out. All my friends seemed to have their lives planned out and I didn't.

I have since taken a gap year and am feeling much better.

Do I need to declare this on my OH form? I don't really think it's significant. Will it prevent me from going (can't really afford for that to be happening seeing as i should be starting in a month).
Hey,

It's really up to you whether or not you declare it. If you did, it wouldn't go against you. I always declare my previous mental health issues, but then I was on and off anti-depressants a couple times. I'm starting an MSc in Psychological Wellbeing in Clinical Practice in September and also working as a support worker on a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit.

Basically, it's up to you!

Loren
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(Original post by Anonymous)
hi,

i'm due to start medical school in sept.

Need to complete OH form.

My parents forced me to go to the GP 12-18months ago (can't remember exactly) because of my mental health.

Was feeling down but I know what was causing it (UCAS application, uncertainty about the future).

The prescribed antidepressants, which i never took.

They referred me to the wellbeing team who I spoke to on the phone every couple of weeks for a few months, they didn't really help much.

I don't actually think I was depressed, probs just more a bit stressed out. All my friends seemed to have their lives planned out and I didn't.

I have since taken a gap year and am feeling much better.

Do I need to declare this on my OH form? I don't really think it's significant. Will it prevent me from going (can't really afford for that to be happening seeing as i should be starting in a month).
Firstly, they won't hold it against you.
It is completely up to you. If you feel that this may become an issue in the future (and med school can be pretty stressful) it may be useful to make the university aware of your past issues. Do you know much about your new uni's support system?
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Firstly, they won't hold it against you.
It is completely up to you. If you feel that this may become an issue in the future (and med school can be pretty stressful) it may be useful to make the university aware of your past issues. Do you know much about your new uni's support system?
Earlier I read a thread about someone being declared 'unfit to study' :/ so that's not ideal.

I'll probs put it on anyway though.
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Hi I have been to medical school and have similar issues, I didn't declare it, because I thought it's none of their damn business.
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Hi I have been to medical school and have similar issues, I didn't declare it, because I thought it's none of their damn business.
Thank you. Might not bother lol
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(Original post by Anonymous)
hi,

i'm due to start medical school in sept.

Need to complete OH form.

My parents forced me to go to the GP 12-18months ago (can't remember exactly) because of my mental health.

Was feeling down but I know what was causing it (UCAS application, uncertainty about the future).

The prescribed antidepressants, which i never took.

They referred me to the wellbeing team who I spoke to on the phone every couple of weeks for a few months, they didn't really help much.

I don't actually think I was depressed, probs just more a bit stressed out. All my friends seemed to have their lives planned out and I didn't.

I have since taken a gap year and am feeling much better.

Do I need to declare this on my OH form? I don't really think it's significant. Will it prevent me from going (can't really afford for that to be happening seeing as i should be starting in a month).
I would declare it. Medical school is a high-stress environment and you want to be supported in the best ways possible.

This link will answer your question perfectly, its straight from the General Medical Council. It also has a section on health services. Pay close attention to the fitness to practice section. Honestly is the best policy when it comes to professionalism in medicine.

https://www.gmc-uk.org/education/sta...lth-conditions

Little note to add, you would never be rejected for disclosing a medical condition, its a breach of the equality act and Discrimination act, although some exclusions do apply as you can imagine, i.e. being really ill at the time, the stress of medical school could make you sicker, putting patients at risk (Impaired fitness to practice). Or where reasonable adjustments can't be made. In both these scenarios, they show that the university wants to support its students.


Hope this helps quell your fears.
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(Original post by Respect.Global)
I would declare it. Medical school is a high-stress environment and you want to be supported in the best ways possible.

This link will answer your question perfectly, its straight from the General Medical Council. It also has a section on health services. Pay close attention to the fitness to practice section. Honestly is the best policy when it comes to professionalism in medicine.

https://www.gmc-uk.org/education/sta...lth-conditions

Little note to add, you would never be rejected for disclosing a medical condition, its a breach of the equality act and Discrimination act, although some exclusions do apply as you can imagine, i.e. being really ill at the time, the stress of medical school could make you sicker, putting patients at risk (Impaired fitness to practice). Or where reasonable adjustments can't be made. In both these scenarios, they show that the university wants to support its students.


Hope this helps quell your fears.
thanks. So if I say I had a few issues a year ago, they will still let me go?
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Of course, as long as you feel well enough to go, your practice is not impaired. I'd really suggest reading that document from the GMC, it really will quell your fears. Like it covers everything from fitness to practice for medical students, occupational health services, and if you do struggle in uni, how they will help you.
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Of course, as long as you feel well enough to go, your practice is not impaired. I'd really suggest reading that document from the GMC, it really will quell your fears. Like it covers everything from fitness to practice for medical students, occupational health services, and if you do struggle in uni, how they will help you.
i'll check it out in the morning, thank you
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