Im currently undertaking my elective in a large public hospital in Australia. Staying in the doctors accommodation means that Ive been meeting students from lots of other countries and other medical schools in the United Kingdom.
One question that seems to be introduced quickly at each new meeting is: ‘So, whats your course like?’
I always find this difficult to answer. Others can summarise their course quickly: ‘Problem based learning.’ ‘Traditional.’ Unfortunately Im on one of those courses that is more of a mix. ‘Well mostly lectures in preclinical, but it is integrated a bit….’ How do I encompass that in a snappy little sentence?
Of course, asking about each others courses doesnt really have anything to do with learning the answer to the question. Medical student competitiveness inevitably rears its ugly head. The debate that ensues is, whose course is the best?
The Irish students outdo the United Kingdom