Medical Students
Maria Elena Vilar Alvarez

A Week in Congenital Cardiac Surgery

Have you ever wondered what congenital cardiac surgery involves? I definitely have! Being interested in cardiothoracic surgery, this was the subspecialty I had never experienced. During my paediatrics placement, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to contact one of the congenital cardiac surgeons, and spend a week in the department. Here is an insight

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Muiz Shariffuddin

Speciality Series: Clinical Radiology

Introduction My name is Muiz Shariffuddin. I am a third-year radiology trainee in the North East deanery.  I graduated from the University of Dundee with an MBChB and BMSc. I completed foundation programme in Dundee and proceeded to be a medical demonstrator at the University of St Andrews for 1 year, during which I completed

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Breast Surgery
Tasmia Tahmid

Specialty Series: Breast Surgery

Introduction My name is Tasmia Tahmid, a consultant oncoplastic breast surgeon in the UK. My journey to become a breast surgeon (a total breast surgeon) started after securing my MBBS from the prestigious Dhaka Medical College (which has been dubbed as the OxBridge equivalent of Bangladesh). My 1-year house officer training was conducted there – which presently,

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Specialty Series
Joseph Manjaly

Specialty Series: ENT Surgery

Introduction My name is Joe Manjaly. I’m a Consultant Otologist, Auditory Implant & ENT Surgeon, specialising in ear and hearing problems for adults and children. I’m based at the Royal National ENT Hospital in Central London, part of University College Hospitals NHS Trust. My own career journey started at Bristol University. After graduating I did

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Habeebah Naseer

How I Study Anatomy

Introduction Anatomy hands down in one of the most difficult parts of every healthcare degree. Memorizing anatomical structures is very challenging, but it is do- able!! It takes a serious amount of determination and dedication to understand the human anatomy. Memorizing anatomical structures is very difficult and requires a lot of time. Since the academic

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Apurva Ashok

Introduction to USMLE

So You Want To Do Residency in the USA Hi everyone! This is my first post and I am excited to join the Learning Surgery Online family! I am a final year medical student in the UK and I originally hail from Singapore. Being an international student who studied in an American high school and

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Surgical Career
Salasiah Othman

Why Did I Choose to Specialise in Surgery?

One of my most frequently-asked questions!  Although there are multitude of reasons and explanations for my career of choice, I have summed up three major points below. I hope they give insight to those who may want to consider surgery or provide inspiration to those who have their heart set on this compelling profession. 1.

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Surgical Training
Scarlet Nazarian

Applying for Core Surgical Training – Portfolio Tips!

Applying for surgical training can be a little scary, especially if you start looking at the (endless!) list of requirements. However, if you are prepared and aware of what to expect then the process will be much easier. In the UK, you may apply for Core Surgical Training (CST) in Foundation Year 2 (FY2). This

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Surgical Training
Joseph Manjaly

Top 10 Tips for Surgical Training Selection

Getting into surgical training is an exciting prospect but also competitive – even more so if you are limited on where you can move geographically. It’s fair to say you’ll have to make sacrifices in some form, and giving yourself time to plan and prepare your CV and application is very important. But this shouldn’t

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Medical School
Libby Griffiths

Top 10 tips to get you through the 1st year of medical school.

Introduction. Becoming a 1st year medic for sure does not come without its challenges. 1st year is tough but it is not impossible, although it will feel this way at the time. So I am going to share with you all my 10 top tips that will help you successfully pass 1st year and thrive

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