Syme Bhopal Medicine and Surgery MBChB student case study 2018

Syme Bhopal

After trying my hand at different things in sixth form, I quickly realised that there wasn’t a whole lot that grabbed my attention. As Mr Holmes says, “… when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth”. And that is how I found Medicine, as the cliché goes, “for as long as I can remember…” I have always been intrigued by science and humans. Truthfully, humans more than anything else really.

Whilst on my work experience placement I found that medicine stuck out to me as it was intellectually stimulating. I haven’t come across that yet as a medical student but maybe someday! However, the giving back to the people factor did appeal to me massively.

The highlight of my course has been wet dissections. I remember the first day we walked into the dissection room in 1st year. It was a surreal moment just being in a room of cadavers for the first time. I learnt so much throughout the year and consolidated my knowledge of anatomy thanks to Leeds offering this as part of the course.

The early exposure to clinical environments through placements was really helpful in bringing my confidence up. Also, the wet dissections have definitely aided my learning throughout the first two years. Leeds is also great as it allows you to network easily when you have the LGI and St James so close to University and loads of staff being called down by societies for events to help you develop skills for your future career.    

Furthermore, being part of the student body and being involved in the union societies - cofounding digiHEALTH society and being School rep to inspire change and give back to my fellow students was an amazing opportunity and experience, one that I will treasure forever.

Leeds is a brilliant city. It’s neither too big, nor too small. A city run by students. After living here for 3 years now, I believe it is fair for me to say that I find tranquillity in Leeds. It is a home away from home – Leeds is my city. I would say, “You can’t go wrong with Leeds.”

So there you have it folks, the answer to the big question – Why medicine? Because it’s worth the blood, sweat and sleepless nights crying.