Do something different
Medicine doesn’t have to stop you pursuing another serious interest
- By: Oliver Ellis
There must be more to life than this. This thought has crossed every medical student’s mind while being coughed at in the infectious diseases ward, getting grilled by a consultant, or sitting in a general practice clinic, seeing the 10th case of the sniffles in a row.
Jamie Roberts, a medical student at Cardiff wanted to do medicine but didn’t want to compromise on his love of rugby, so he decided to do both. Three years later, at just 22, he has been picked to play for the British and Irish Lions.
I asked Jamie how he balanced his academic and sporting life. “The first two years weren’t too bad,” he said. “They were pretty much lecture based years, and so it didn’t really matter if I missed a couple here and there because of training commitments. I could easily catch up what I missed.” Jamie’s third year, however, was