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  • Writer's pictureIzzy McNestry

A Typical Week in the Life at Bristol Medical School

From the perspective of a first-year student

What is the typical week of a medical student? No matter where you go to medical or dental school, learning is very different from learning at university and will take some getting used to. The routine requires more independence and self-motivation, but the workload shouldn’t put you off if you’re passionate about the degree.

At Bristol, one of the most attractive aspects of medical school is the course structure and early clinical exposure. As a first-year student, typical days would consist of 2-3 lectures and a tutorial which I found was a good balance of teaching and interactive learning. Bristol uses a CBL (Case-Based Learning) structure for its second and third terms, with its first term dedicated to the basics of physiology, anatomy, consulting skills, and biomedicine.