Hi, my name is Aaliyah, and I am in my first year studying Medicine, at the University of Manchester. I like reading, particularly crime or mystery novels, graphic novels, and comics. I enjoy drawing and baking in my free time, but that is usually limited, as I have 5 younger siblings and thus it is often chaos at home. I am part of widening participation and completed MAP during Year 12-13. I live at home, within Greater Manchester, thus commute into Manchester for university.
I am currently in my 1st year studying Medicine at the University of Manchester. Medicine is taught in a PBL (problem base learning) style at Manchester, which I like as it gives me independence to learn content and then also allows me to consolidate my knowledge in a casual yet collaborative environment with my PBL group. I really like learning about the physiology of the body and conditions and pinning that to real life cases.
I am from Bury, Greater Manchester. I went to a state high school: The Derby High School and a sixth form: Holy Cross College.
I really loved science growing up and problem-solving, detective-type activities. I was always (still am) curious in how things worked, and I also liked helping people. All these qualities aligned with the career of a doctor, which I became increasingly interested in whilst growing up. For my ambition to become a doctor, I researched in high school and spoke to past students during Gateways events during high school, I thus became aware I had to go to university and obtain a Medicine degree to pursue my dream career.
I honestly found MAP to be extremely useful and just an enjoyable experience. Immediately, I was introduced to others who also wanted to go to university and were in similar positions as me, which made the process a little less daunting. I am the first person in my family to attend university or any form of higher education, so I did not know a lot about university before attending MAP, so MAP gave me the chance to learn more through the University Life events.
I was initially nervous about the MAP Academic Assignment- at the time it seemed scary, especially as I was doing all science-based subjects, with no experience of essay writing. However, I really enjoyed completing my MAP essay. I enjoyed learning about a topic I was interested in, and I also learnt many skills along the way; this included researching and referencing skills, which put me at an advantage coming into university and having to complete projects which needed those skills.
Decision Manchester was immensely helpful; it allowed me to submit my application earlier to the university and see whether I would receive an offer to an interview. This was extremely helpful at the time, as it meant that I could relieve some stress, by knowing my application was satisfactory enough to receive an interview; that allowed me more time to start practising for interviews. It also meant that in the case it did not go well, I had time to rectify any errors and improve my application. There is also the grade reduction offer that is available after you complete MAP; this can be really helpful in relieving some stress regarding the entry grade requirements and can really be helpful if needed.
I would really recommend any prospective students, who are eligible, to participate in MAP; it honestly is extremely helpful in getting into university and even after, with the financial support and social opportunities available for MAP students. It is also an enjoyable experience, where you can learn more and have fun during a time which would otherwise be pretty stressful.
For Medicine at Manchester, we are taught in a PBL (Problem Based Learning) style of teaching. We start the week off in our group of around 10 other people with a case. We discuss it and compile research questions that we focus on throughout the week. This research is supported by online lectures which I can watch comfortably in my own time. We then come back together at the end of the week, to discuss our findings of the case and consolidate information. There are also weekly anatomy topics that link to the case, that we go over in a zoom session and then in the anatomy dissection rooms. We also learn about pharmacology through online workbooks. Every week, we also have sessions to practise communication skills and physical skills in labs. Each semester covers different topics. This roughly covers the first 2 years of study, which are preclinical. From Year 3 onwards, we then have clinical placements, in hospital or clinics.
I am currently in my first year studying Medicine, so I haven’t covered a huge variety of topics. However, I really enjoyed learning about Immunology, through cases about HIV and Breast Cancer in Semester 1. I also am really enjoying Semester 2 topics, which is focused on Cardiorespiratory system- so heart and lungs. This is surprising as I thought I wouldn’t enjoy these topics after having found it difficult in A Level Biology, but I am really finding the cardiorespiratory topic interesting.
I would like to become a doctor, after having completed my Medicine degree. I know I would like to work in some form of clinical environment, but I am not entirely sure what I would like to specialise in yet. However, I am aware that there are many options after a degree in medicine- other than just the clinical pathway as a doctor; there are also teaching, researching and publishing opportunities, along with many other.
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