Thursday, 28 October 2010

Biomed training + why no medicine

Ive been meaning to write up this post for over a month now but struggled to get up the courage. After a disasterous UKCAT (nose bleed in the middle of it) im off on placement playing to be a biomed for a year yey!!!! Actually really looking forward to it.

Im stil hoping to apply to medicine eventually but its all off for now L

This blog is kinda on hold till i figure out what to do with it. Tempted to go down the line of the medic’s and blog about clinical training as a biomed but doubt anyone would be interested.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

1 month till application

With only a month to go until i send my application (& start final year ) i thought a quick update was in order apologies for this not flowing.

Dissertation currently consists of 20+ journal articles that i need to read, and a rough plan of what I intend doing.

UKCAT revision is going good hopefully should be hitting the 700+ bracket and getting a GEM offer......who am I kidding!

Durham open day for medicine is in a few weeks so ill no doubt be doing a blog about that just need to find out where I’m meant to be going 1st as although I’m from very near the medical school I actually have no idea where it is!

Work experience is finally 100% written up so I can read over it before any interview if I manage to get them.

That’s all for now

Good luck to everyone else who is also preparing their applications

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Gulp new job

Well after i lost the last one due to lack of suitible refrences. I start my new job on Monday working as bank HCA + home care.

Excited......well just a little

Tuesday, 3 August 2010


Still havent got a tittle so no doubt wont be around for a few weeks while i try to work on one!

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Sun, sea and cocktails

Well where to start, ive been back from Egypt over a week now! First off what an amazing country even if it is 39 degrees at 10pm, for me holidays are just a chance to relax round the pool with a good book and cocktail so didnt do much of the scuba diving that egypt is so popular for. We went on a Submarine which was really a complicated glasss bottum boat, was worth the experiance with some of the pictures included below. We didnt make it to Cairo which was a bit disappointing as i fancied seeing the perimids, but from people we know that have been apparently Cairo is violent and dirty something which im trying to find out for sure as we aim to return in September.

Medicine wise im getting there slowly but surely with the personnal statement, one thing that concerns me is this new restructuring of the NHS is likely to come up if i manage to get to interview stage cross fingures and toes. However i havent got a clue what the intended benefits of it are nor can i see any possible problem with it!

Ive got another job interview this time for a home carer in a local town so hopefully that will increase the experiance i can write about a little bit. St John wise was at the minners gala and doing another catherdral duty soon.

Thats all for now as got Taekwondo soon tho no where near ready if i want to go for 2nd Dan in December.


BTW anyone know how to stop these random chinese comments

EDIT - sorry turned on comment moderation untill i figure out how to stop these annoying junk comments

Monday, 31 May 2010

Gulp Final year Biomedical science project

Im now seriously starting to look at ideas for this, like my second year project id like something more clinically relevent than lab science but cant think of any idea. Ill try to keep you posted as i move on. One exam remaining on the 4th of June then im free for the summer....bring it on

Wednesday, 19 May 2010


Waxing my car counts as revision right.......i hate this course at times, tho i think i can now name every anti-biotic known to man arghhhhhhh

Modules for second year biomed if anyone interested
*Pathophysiology and therapeutics 1 - exam thursday (20th May)
*Pathophysiology and therapeutics 2 - exam done
*Analytical Biochemistry - 25th May
*Microbiology and molecular biology - Exam 4th June
*Proffessional Practice - No exam thank god
*Disease Process - exam done

I need to pick 3rd year modules prity soon and sort out a final year dissertation so will post about that once the hell of revision is over

Monday, 3 May 2010

Choices for medicine 2011

*Newcastle GEM
*Newcastle 5 year
*Durham 5 year
*Warwick GEM

Yes its a big big gamble but family circumstance mean i really want to stay close to home, which ive realised more than anything over the last few weeks. So thats it thats where ill be applying

*Personnal statement is nearly finished
*1 Month of revising for second year exams then its UKCAT revision until August when i intend to take the test
*Work experiance is finished
*St Johns is on going

Friday, 30 April 2010

I need a job

Okay im not your sterio typical skint uni student and yes i get an allowence etc but come on my CV is looking very blank which isnt goood arghhhh. Currently cant find anything thats suitable which sucks really.

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

New tattoo


Handed my final piece of 2nd year work in today which is a huge relief, only a slight bit of revision to do then its full steam ahead with the medicine application.

*Finish personnal statement
*Revise for UKCAT - possibly doing a course
*Course on how to perform at interview

Judo duty with SJA on Sunday, so far only had to treat two people hopefully Judo will be the same.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Another way to show how shitly prepaired this country is!

Drop the aircraft below 10,000 feet = flights can operate oh yeah whats that air traffic control couldnt cope erm spare capacity in the system not existing.....get the idiots out of number 10 please before they make this country even less prepaired.

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Stressed revision arghhh

In just over a month i will sit my second year exams. Now for most people in my year these exams dont mean much as they only count 10% towards the final degree classification to me they mean well everything. See the results of these exams are the ones that any medical schools i apply to will see and the ones on which my predicted degree classification will be based.

So majorly stressed, but doing some shadowing which is motivating me to work my backside off on the revision front.

One step closer but still so many to take!

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Is science a religion

This is a question one of my cousin was asked in an RE lesson. It is something im going to try and answer purelly out of interest she had to write 500 wors ive so far got a 1000. Id be interested to know what people think

Friday, 19 March 2010

Bad times and great north run

Arghh on Monday someone crashed into my new car which is now awaiting repair!

Question of this post is tho "Who shall i run Great North Run for?"
St John's Ambulance
Great North Air Ambulance

Votes in comments please

Friday, 12 March 2010


So short blog as im meant to be doing work (It's 9am & my group has me in the library :shock:).

The new car is going great had the top down loads but sighs the typical British weather has put a stop to that now. Im over halfway through my degree and it feels great in some ways and bad in others. My course can be done as a sandwitch degree taking a year out to gain compintance as a biomedical scientist this is done between 2nd and 3rd year ie next year. Now i have no intention of doing a placement however one of our group of friends is ill be sad to see him go as hes not only a great group member but a close friend!!

Work wise the biggest pain in my arse is corrently a portfolio worth 75% of a module that i have minimum evidence for arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Been out on a few duties with St John's really need to work on my confidence i still hate treating patients!

Saturday, 27 February 2010

New toy


Pick it up on Wednessday can't wait!

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

New day new start

New day new start, well a special someone has made me realise i need to forget my past and move on so.

Detagged all the facebook photos of the ex - Check

Got rid of cards etc from the ex - Check

Tidied room - Check

Cleaned my car out shock horror - check = Happy Vicky

More to come as i spring clean my life

Thursday, 11 February 2010

This is why i hate group work

firstly apologies for the really bad spelling in this post but it hasnt been spell checked.

We have to produce a discussion paper as a group for friday we have had 2 months to do this. \my group decided tonight was a good night to do their contribution, im now looking at their work and they have wrote a critical review not a discussion paper. I now have 2500words to write by 8am and currently am on twitter, TSR & Facebook.......bollocks

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Spam comments

Whats with the random comments in chinese?

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Test post

Just to see what this apps is like. Tonights post will be the question people have been asking me "what's biomed like?"

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone hence excuse the spelling etc

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Volunteering screw up whooops

Short post as i really have way to much work to the point its not even funny. Im a meet & greet volunteer at one of the local hospital. Now imagine this lady around 30-40(im crap at ages) walks into outpatients saying she needs to go to a ward on the opposite side of the hospital to visit someone. This is a rather large hospital and the wards around 10minutes walk away.

I got asked to show her the way up no problem however the lifts where really busy so i took her up in one of the lifts in the middle of the hospital that visitor or patients can use but rearly do hence these lifts are often used by porters to take bodies from the wards to the mortuary. Lift came and i jumped in the woman following me, on autopilot so didn’t even think to look at the trolley the porter had in the lift.

Next thing i know the woman is asking the porter why that trolley looks funny then realises that it contained a body que the OMG OMG freaks out on behalf of the woman in a lift that isn’t going to stop till it goes up 5 floors. Major face palm.

More to come once I get this stats work done by midnight.

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Jesus its so long since i wrote anything on here, but in reality i don’t really have anything to talk about! Did my FAW in December 1st duty freezing my little butt off at a carol service god that was fun (Diehard atheist here).

Hmm uni life is going ok im back at uni on Monday after a long xmas holidays this is the 1st year i don’t have exams in January so its been nice just to relax with nothing to worry about other than assignments.

I got my timetable for Easter work experience back and ill be placed in General Medicine and Paediatrics for 2 weeks each. It should be interesting hopefully anyway!! If anyone has done work experience in these areas before than please comment me on what you did!

Ive also applied to spend 2 weeks of my summer at hole in the wall which is a summer camp for kids with serious and life limiting illnesses, this is something i wanted to do last year but due to when the parents booked to go on holiday i couldn’t go.

Apply for carer jobs as id like to get some money behind me in case tution fees shoot up next year which i have a suspicion they will.

Ill no doubt get some more blog up in the next week however my current to do list is below

-Case studies x 2
- Stats assignment
- Lab reports x 2
-Lay abstract

Its going to be a busy one

Friday, 1 January 2010

Happy New year + GEM

Happy new year everyone hope you all have a great 2010 and didnt get to drunk last night!

It has come to my attention that I am once again officially a medical applicant, I will submit my application for 2011 GEM in october shit that means i actually need to be organised this year.