A Day in the Life of a Medicine Student
7:00 – Get up and have either a leisurely breakfast or sometimes a cycle in the countryside surrounding Cambridge if I’m feeling energetic!
9:00 – Cycle into college, find a seat in the Jerwood (the Trinity Hall library) and begin watching the day’s lectures, typically two a day. These can be on a range of subjects as in second year we study five main subjects over the course of the year: Head and neck anatomy, Biology of disease, Mechanisms of drug action, Neurobiology and Human Behaviour and Human reproduction.
11:00 – A couple of days a week there will be practicals linked to each subject scheduled. The content and format of these practicals varies, this year they have ranged from examining histological slides with a demonstrator over zoom to looking at head and neck prosections in the DR.
13:00 – Often my household congregates in the kitchen back at Wych (Wychfield is one of our accommodation sites) at this time and we eat lunch together.
14:00 – Once I have finished all scheduled lectures and practicals, I make flashcards based on my lecture notes to help memorise the content or get on with some supervision work, which is often essays or MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions). Alternatively the flexibility of online lectures allows catch ups with friends in the afternoon sun, being able to finish lectures off in the evening.
17:00 – In second year, we have around four supervisions a week. These are often in the evenings and are a good opportunity to go over lecture content and ask any questions you may have from that week’s work.
19:00 – We take the cooking in turns and eat together as a household, it is a great time to catch up with each other.
20:00 – Depending on how much work I’ve achieved during the day, sometimes I finish off some work, often in a friends room, or enjoy having some downtime – as a household, we enjoy making use of the kitchens at Wych and doing some baking!