So I noticed I was having a few hits from people looking for the BM6 reading list! The uni gives you a list of book that are helpful, but by far the best book for BM6 is by Elaine Marieb. Otherwise the others are just an expense. Try books before you buy them, read them and see if you like it. Remember they’re all available in the huge library so it’s not like you’re going to be missing out!
The recommended ones are the ones that the course uses most, but seriously, Marieb will be your bible for the biology part. Beth Alder (the book has a pregnant lady on the front smoking) is also great for the sociology and psychology side of things. Other than that I didn’t find the others particularly useful personally!
Dictionaries are useful, but with the internet… a bit pointless. The rest of the list are books you’ll want to read for one topic or part of an essay. Nothing hardcore or serious.
Anyway, this is the (huge and scary) list:
The Highly Recommended Key texts are :
Marieb EN,Hoehn K Human Anatomy & Physiology. Pearson International Edition San Francisco : Pearson Benjamin Cummings; 8th ed.2009
Baynes J,Dominiczak MH Medical Biochemistry. Mosby;3rd ed.2009
So I’ve finally pretty much figured out what SSU is about!! It’s a “Student Selected Unit” where you get a (sort of) choice on a topic and for SSU 1 you need to make an academic poster on it. We’re doing teenage pregnancy. There is a group of 10 of us and initially none of us really had any idea what we were supposed to be doing! Academic posters are not something we’d come across before and the lecture on it just skimmed over all of SSU.
Recommendation: As tempting as it is to do 20 minute meetings and go home, it means that you’ll end up doing hours at the end. Do it as you go!
So IPL week is really odd. It’s interprofessional learning, so you get together with other healthcare professionals and make a game. We were only needed to be in uni 2 days in the week but available via the net for two others in order to do group work on our game.
It was really great to meet people from other professions and uni’s and our group were (obviously) pretty awesome. It was a bit drawn out and excessive and the first presentation is depressing but it’s interesting. Good time to get the first essay out of the way anyhow!
Today was the first medics induction day. Free stuff was good! (Make sure to get yourselves upstairs to the Medical Companies where you get a free MDU Dictionary, a free Clinical Examination Book, also a free USB stick from the BMA). Ordered my first stethoscope too, it’s completely black and looks quite sexy:
Just wanted to outline the importance of getting the grades. This is vital to all medicine applications and seems obvious, however in my class many people got turned down who had not quite made the requirements of CCC. This included those with CCD (and extenuating circumastance) and even those with BBD.
This was a little overshadowed by the fact that 33 people did make it, 3 over the normal class size already, however in the class of 2011 only 29 students made it. This goes to show that even when there is space, those without the minimum grades are no longer considered, even if only missing out by one grade in one subject.
Although this is not great news, it just reinforces the idea that once they’ve given you an offer, if you meet it in, you’re in. If you don’t, you’re not. It’s clear cut and simple, no confusion of will I won’t I.
So to those applying good luck! And those lucky 29 who made it this year, congratulations! It was all worth it in the end.
Formally enrolled onto 2011/12 so I am officially BM5! Especially now the new BM6ers have their grades and offers etc. It’s real. Need to get a white lab coat and a stethoscope and stuff. Excited.
First post as a BM5! Wooo!!
Although now might be the time to mention that I am really scared right now. All the new scary BM5’s joining and some of them will not like us BM6ers. Already overheard one current BM5 telling a prospective student and her parents that BM6 was for special people. Not very nice at all.
A lot of people have been asking me the basic layout of the BM6 timetable so I thought I’d give you a general overview. There are 2 basic subjects in the BM6 year. Human Structure and Function (HSF) and Professional Practice (PP). HSF is biology and PP is more about the NHS and healthcare, sociology, ethics etc.
The basic timetable is as follows:
Tuesday 9 – 1: HSF
2 -4: PP
Alternates between a morning of PP and a morning of placement. Afternoons are free time!
9 – 1: HSF
2 – 4 (or 5): PP (usually statistics).
This is basic, and sometimes Mondays or Fridays have timetabled things but rarely. This was just my experience and may have changed but oh well!