On 28 February St Helen’s hosted an applying for medicine and veterinary event for local schools, which everyone found very interesting and useful. The evening commenced with a university fair, there were numerous stands and representatives to tell you about their course and to answer any questions. I found this a great way to briefly explore the huge variety between the courses and it also helped me to narrow my options for university open days which are coming up very soon.
We then moved into the YPH for fascinating lecture by Dr Brain, the Head of Intercalation from Birmingham University, where we learnt about neurotransmitters and the effect of calcium and nicotine on their functions. This gave us a sample of the science we could be discovering during medicine or veterinary courses and was also a great event to reference in our personal statement.
We then separated into medics and vets to receive course specific information and tips for applications and interviews. Following on from this event, I think we all be doing some further research into the different courses available to us and starting to sign up for open days and taster days to gain a greater insight into each university and their course.
Having attended the vet/medic higher education event, I feel as though I now have a much clearer idea of which specific part of the application process different universities favour most and how to ensure our medicine and vet med applications are as strong as possible. A higher education fair, in which many vet and medicine universities had representatives to answer questions about related courses and the application process, was followed by a talk by the key-note speaker, Professor Keith Brain. This talk was particularly insightful as he discussed in detail his passion for autonomic physiology and pharmacology. His interests in autonomic neuroscience were particularly inspiring as he went on to show the results of one of his PhD students who had researched the dynamic monitoring of single-terminal norepinephrine transporter rate in the rodent cardiovascular system. He showed the audience images which had been captured using a fluorescent imaging method and it was interesting to learn that when the brain has perceived that a stressful event has occurred, an influx in norepinephrine relates to how our bodies initiate ‘fight or flight’ responses.
This talk was followed by an overview of the medicine course at both Cardiff and Birmingham universities which was very useful, as we edge closer to deciding which universities appeal to use to study either medicine or vet med. I am now more intrigued to visit these universities and research exactly what the medicine course specifically entails as I know courses can differ significantly depending on the university.