Thomas – Medicine
What do you like best about your course?
Medicine at Oxford provides you with a strong foundation in the sciences underlying what is applied in the fields of medicine, be it in the hospital or in the research lab every day. You are taught by the leaders in their fields who bring an unparalleled enthusiasm to their lectures and their devotion to the students.
The tutors at Teddy Hall are always happy to help you out, both during term and over the vacation. Their expertise but also their concern for your wellbeing help you grow both in your subject and as a person.
How is your subject taught at Oxford?
The 6-year medicine course in Oxford is split into two parts of pre-clinical (years 1-3) and clinical (years 4-6). In the first three years, you will be introduced to the foundations of medical sciences by lecturers in the Medical Science Teaching Centre and by the tutors in college.
In the first and second year, you will have about 12-14 lectures a week, which will usually take place in the morning, and 2-3 practical classes such as anatomy demonstrations, histology microscopy, or physiology labs once a week, which are about 2hrs each.
Tutorials usually occur twice to three times a week in first year. Each lasts about an hour and usually requires an essay to be handed in beforehand. These allow you to explore the topics in more detail.
This all lead up to the examinations of your bachelor in medicine, the first being at the end of first year the second after Easter in second year.
In last term of second year, you start a research project with a presentation and report to be produced in your third year. You will be advised by a tutor from one of ten specialties.
For your third year, you are allowed to chose from a variety of subjects to focus on, with emphasis on exploring the topic.
What advice would you give potential applicants interested in studying your subject?
As a medic you will devote your life to learning and to treating people. Bringing genuine interest as well as an open mind to the course will help you grow throughout your time at Teddy Hall. Be open to building knowledge in a variety of ways, covering the different areas of medicine and ethics, but also find aspects of medicine that you find particularly interesting. Try to talk through a problem and don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know”. You will need this phrase more than you know both as a student and also later on as a doctor.
What is life like at St Edmund Hall?
I did not chose Teddy originally but when I was referred here during interviews, I immediately regretted my decision as I had fallen in love with the small college hidden behind the walls of Queen’s Lane. Its sociable atmosphere is something you notice immediately. You will always run into friendly people on college site.
Our library, St Peter-in-the-East, an ancient church, truly is one of a kind.
Teddy Hall has a wide variety of sports clubs and other extra-curricular activities, among those a very active choir.
You will also love college dinners in our modern dining hall. Meals are one of the best in Oxford as our Head Chef used to worked in a Michelin Starred kitchen, and there are optional formal dinners twice a week.
What sort of extra-curricular activities are you involved in at Oxford?
So far I have enjoyed playing football for the College. There are three teams and depending on your time commitment and expertise you can join either of the three. It’s a brilliant way to connect with other people from college and also helps you stay fit and find some balance to your studies.