Archive for November, 2010

Welsh domicile students protected from an increase in tuition fees

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Comment from BMA Wales Chairman Dr Andrew Dearden: “BMA Cymru Wales welcomes the commitment made by the Welsh Assembly Government to protect Welsh domicile students from an increase in tuition fees. “We have been campaigning for this pledge since the Browne Review was published, warning that increasing tuition fees could result in medical students facing [...]

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Know Your Facts

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Today, Diabetes UK Cymru launch a new campaign “Know Your Facts”.  It is an excellent initiative to improve the Welsh public’s understanding of diabetes, and Dai Williams, National Director explains more below. BMA Cymru Wales believe that it is vital that the public are made aware of the potential damage they are causing to their [...]

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I gained a valuable insight into what was to come

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Our final guest blogger on her route into medicine is Kimberley Woolford: When I applied for Medical sciences it was during my 2nd year of A-levels.  It was at that point I knew that the predicted grades were not at the level for entry into Medicine.  I was looking for courses that would be suitable for [...]

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Eight months and counting!

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Today we host the penultimate guest blog on our feature looking at alternative routes into medicine. Read on for Emma Powell’s story: That’s how long it is until my world is turned upside down. Not just because I will hopefully qualify as a doctor, but I will be leaving a profession that I have been part of [...]

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The challenge of student debt was a constant fear

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Today our guest blogger is Dr Dai Samuel, Chair of our Welsh Junior Doctor’s Committee. Hailing from Merthyr Tydfil, a traditional industrial town it is not the norm to want or to actually become a doctor. Having been born with a congenital deformity of my right leg I had always wanted to be a doctor. [...]

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My Journey from science to medicine

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

This week we will be sharing the last few case studies from those who have found alternative routes into medicine. Today, Diana Wasag shares her journey. When I was younger, I was interested in medical research, but I could not point out which area of science fascinated me most. Therefore, when I learned about the [...]

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“We need to train the best possible students to be doctors…..”

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Today our guest blogger is Professor John Bligh, Cardiff University’s Dean of Medical Education – responsible for the University’s undergraduate medical curriculum.   As a society, we want the best possible clinical care we can get, and in order to do that we need to train the best possible students to be doctors.  This means [...]

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Medical School is not out of reach

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Today, Emily Lawrence shares her route into medicine. Admittedly I took the long way round in terms of going to Medical School. After not working nearly as hard as I should have done towards my A-levels, I took 2 ‘gap years’ trying to decide what I wanted to do with my life. I thought this [...]

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When I was rejected by four British medical schools at the age of 18, it felt like the end of the world…

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Today, we hear from Charlotte Grant on her route into medicine. When I was rejected by four British medical schools at the age of 18, it felt like the end of the world. In reality it has been a blessing in disguise. I thought I was ready to embark on a challenging academic course, in [...]

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The Welfare System works

Monday, November 15th, 2010

This week we continue to share the experiences of different routes into medicine. Today we have an entry from Dr Avad Mughal. I was born in an inner city area of Birmingham to immigrant parents from Pakistan. My father worked on the production line of a car manufacturing company until he was forced to take [...]

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“I signed a contract with Cardiff City FC at 16 and doubted the possibility of studying Medicine in the future…..”

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

This morning we hear from Lloyd Evans, 2nd Year student in Cardiff Medical School on his route into medicine. Despite appearing as a regular medical student, my route into Medicine at Cardiff University has been far from normal.  After spending two years as a footballer with Cardiff City FC on a full time basis, I only [...]

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Do you want the best doctors to treat us – or only those who can pay to study?

Monday, November 8th, 2010

  Tom Combellack, Chairman of our Welsh Medical Students Committee has this article in the Western Mail today. If you haven’t read it in the paper, take a look now. The future of higher education is bleak after Lord Browne’s recommendations to the UK Government to raise the cap on tuition fees.  This will have [...]

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