Thursday, 30 April 2009

It's that time of year again

We had one of our regular teaching sessions at TheBigTeachingHospitalDownTheRoad today. I actually quite like these afternoons, it gives us a break from the day-to-day clinical work and also allows us to meet up with junior anaesthetists from other hospitals in the region and it gives us a chance to swap stories and just have a good old-fashioned gossip.

 There was something different about it today, though. When I arrived at the Postgraduate Centre at TheBigTeachingHospitalDownTheRoad, I was surprised to see that the foyer was really packed. It was full of smartly dressed young men and women and lots of them had a glassy-eyed, haunted expression. There were several young women crying and being comforted by their friends and it took me a moment or two to figure out what on earth was going on.

 Then it hit me. Of course! It’s that time of year again.

 We don’t have medical students at my current hospital, so I’m a bit out of the loop, but I’d like to wish all the final year medical students sitting their medical finals the very best of luck. I’m thinking of you.


7 comments:

Anonymous said...

So early?? London finals are at the end of May..

Dr Michael Anderson said...

Last year, finals were in mid-May. Perhaps the local med school are doing them earlier this year. Perhaps what I saw was a practice exam. Either way, it's getting to "finals time" and the students don't look happy...

Michael said...

Oxford and Nottingham have both finished - they seem to vary a lot in time of year around the various medical schools.

LavanyaLea said...

really? Liverpool's doing it end of June-beginning of July! :S

Anonymous said...

Yeah, Notts does it pre-elective...so they're all done now.

rosiero said...

Brilliant - I was in fits -of the laughing kind. My daughter is about to do her Biology A-level in an attempt to get into med school. She will love this.

Anonymous said...

It's brilliant to have them out of the way (Nottingham student, on my elective right now!) You know if you passed or not when you go on the elective, and if things didn't go so well, you can resit in time to start work in August. Brilliant setup! It also means I have a nice relaxing summer to look forwards to!