Off to big boy school.
On the 13th of April me and my friend Jess went to Imperial College London to attend the PreMed course. It was humbling as a hopeful soon-to-be medical student (fingers, toes and everything else crossed!) to see walk and learn within one off the best medical schools in the country, even though we had trouble finding it! Seriously you could drive down Exhibition Road and totally miss it if you weren’t paying attention! The course was held in the Sir Alexander Fleming building and consisted of a combination of lectures and practical lessons with the lectures being about ECG’S, X-Rays, how to get into medical school, intercalated degrees, the UKCAT and BMAT, qualities of a good doctor etc. My favourite part of course was the suturing practice. Still not a fan of those ratchet-operated needle holders though.
It was surpring to realise how much of what I learned at work experience is still fresh in my mind as for the first time in a medical lecture, I was not sitting there with absolutely no idea about what the lecture was talking about or reaching for my Oxford Medical Dictionary as during the lecture on ECG’s (electrocardiograms) I successfully identified both atrial and ventricular fibrillation as well as how I could see them on an ECG and the protocol for dealing with the latter. Atrial and ventricular fibrillation, as best as I can explain, are both irregular and uncoordinated contractions of the muscles of the atria and ventricles respectively which cause the heart to ‘flutter’ rather than ‘beat’. Ventricular fibrillation is the more dangerous of the two as it is a common cause of cardiac arrest and is usually fatal unless defibrillation is carried out.
Overall it was a great course and after actually visiting Imperial I’ve honestly reconsidered my decision on not taking the BMAT and will now most likely be placing Imperial on my list of desired universities. I even learned a great pick up line for if I should ever become a cardiologist! I recommend the course to anyone wishing to do medicine (both undergraduate and post-graduate) as it is a lot of fun.