Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Medicine vs Biomedical Science @UCL I Which one is harder? I The Junior Doctor

Hello everyone and welcome back to my channel ifyou're new my name is esky and i'm a gp trainee working in a north london hospital i'd lovefor you to subscribe if you haven't already i do lots of videos about my time as a doctorand at home and lots of sit-down videos talking to you guys about my life as a doctor now let'sget into the video many of you may not know but i did medicine as a graduate student whichmeans that i had an undergraduate degree before i started medical school my undergraduatedegree was in biomedical sciences and having done both degrees i'm in a great position to be ableto look back and compare the two and give you guys advice and tell you the difference betweenthe two now just before i start i'm going to state the obvious i'm not going to be comparingthe degrees as to say which one is better and .

Which one is worse because they're completelydifferent in what they achieve for you at the end and now remember that biomedical sciences isa three year degree and medicine is often a five or six year degree if you do as an undergraduateor four years if you do as a graduate student the first comparison and topic i wanted to delve intois teaching and teaching styles now in biomedical sciences you have relatively less numbers oflectures that cover a smaller proportion of topics however those topics are gone into in very finedetail so you go down into the molecular levels of each of the subjects that you are taughtand into like the chemical and molecular workings of everything whereas in medicine there'sgreater breadth of knowledge that you are taught but relative to biomedical sciences thereis much less detail to be learned now i .

Say with biomedical sciences that thereare less lectures however the extra time is complemented with more lab work and alsomore self-directed learning for things like coursework and writing up dissertations andrevising for the plentiful of exams they give you so when i was doing biomedical sciences i'd haveabout eight lectures a week i'd have at least one lab schedule in there and then the rest ofthe time was basically for me to do self-directed learning so that meant going away reading allof the research and the research papers behind the lectures that we were taught writing up ourcoursework from the lab work that we had just done and revising for the exams for each module nowwhen you think back you might think that oh that's actually not that many lectures and the workloaddoesn't seem that bad but actually when you're .

Doing it there's always something that's coming upthere's always a deadline to meet and it just felt like it was never ending i always had mid-termexams for modules then i had big christmas exams or like january exams and then i had big summerexams and they were often about because we were doing about six to seven different modules therewere six to seven different exams to revise for so when you saw bring that together it was prettyintense and actually thinking back i felt like i worked harder when i was doing biomedical sciencesthan when i did medicine whereas compared to medicine um a lot of our time was taken up inlectures we would have at least four to five lectures a day and there were no days off of theweek where we didn't have any lectures or any work to do we did have labs but they were morefor just experimental reasons and applying our .

Clinical knowledge rather than gaining data fromthem to write up a piece of coursework there was much less time for self-directed learning becausethe lectures itself they were explained in a great detail so there was only very little for you to dothan on afterwards now in medicine i didn't really have any coursework um coursework wasn't reallysomething that my university specifically did and if we did it was just um a formative we didhave things like presentations and that sort of stuff but again it didn't count towards anythingand the main bulk of the examinations happened at the end of the year which i'll talk about wheni get around to exams now with teaching as well in biomedical sciences we did have sort ofchunks of time off so we had things like reading weeks and study weeks and then we'd haveour christmas holidays and our easter holidays etc .

And we would often finish our exams around maytime so we would have about a four month summer before returning to uni at the end of septemberhowever with medicine that was much different we didn't have any things like reading weeks sowhen the other sort of 80 of the university was away on reading weeks we were still in lectureswe were still in the labs doing work our christmas holidays were much shorter so there were oneweek and then for easter it was also one week and particularly after the second year our summerholidays went from four months to three to four weeks so there was a big difference in that wayabout time off now i'm going to touch on workloads when i think back um it does seem as thoughmedicine had the most workload because there was so much knowledge to understand andmemorize however medicine was more intense .

In terms of its workload it was alwaysbased on recent research so there wasn't much work that you could do from a textbookfor example it was mostly reading research papers and then linking that together withyour lecture notes and with the constant deadlines to hand in coursework and do themodular exams etc i felt that the workload in biomedical sciences was actually greater thanin medicine and that kind of leads on to the next point which is the differences in exam so inbiomedical sciences like i touched on we had lots of modular exams so you you were examined on eachmodule and you would get a grade for each module and the cumulative score that you got wouldgive you a percentage at the end of the year which will determine if you got a first a 2 1 2 2or a third degree and every single piece of work .

That you handed in every presentation that youdid all added towards that score with the exams they were essay-based and this is quite tough sowhat happens is you will have a module say for example anatomy or physiology and you go to theexam and you get given six essay titles of which you can pick two or three and you're expectedto write two to three pages from your knowledge on that essay topic and give references as wellso not only were you revising and memorizing the knowledge you also had to memorize referencesfor certain points i don't know why it's not like we're going to be plagiarizing in our examwe're just reciting it off memory but you're expected to give references and if you did thatgave you extra points so that was quite tough um however the only advantage was is that youhad access to the previous year's exam papers .

About 20 of the questions i'd say were repeated sothat give it gave you a good basis on to revise on and so that was the only sort of point thatreally got everyone through otherwise revising the whole module in depth to all through like thereference and everything to only answer two to three questions in the exam was pretty intensewhereas in medicine at the on the other side with my university we didn't have any sort ofinter-year exams we had the exams at the end of the year so if that was in years one and two theexams were in may and then the clinical years the exams were in june july and so what would happenis that you go in and you'd sit two to three multiple choice papers so the difference was thatin medicine it was multiple choice which was more straightforward to sort of answer and then onceyou did that you also had a practical exam which .

We call an oski where you have stationsand you have actors and examiners and they basically examine you with your interactionwith the patient or doing a certain procedure and that kind of stuff and then what was happenedthough with specifically my university is that if you failed any one component of those three tofour exams you had to retake all of your exams and if you retook all of the exams and you failedone component again you would have to retake the whole year so that was the stressful part formedicine more than anything else it was the stress that if you failed those exams you had to retakethe whole year and pay your tuition fee again so i think that when i look back that is thereason why i found medicine difficult not because of the knowledge that we need to learn theamount of lectures they want or the workload .

Is just the stress of the exams at the end ofthe year whereas in biomedical sciences when you did a module you can forget about those topicsand then move on to the next exam whereas in medicine you had to learn the whole year's worthof knowledge for that one exam at the end of the year so that's where the stress was another thingto touch on is a essay called your dissertation in biomedical sciences in your final year you'reexpected to do something called a dissertation so you do a research project either based in thelab or in the library which means that you go through other people's research papers that havebeen published and basically write a dissertation and like a review on all of them now this holds ithink this made up like 40 30 to 40 of your final year grade so it was a big big big task andit was at least 10 000 words you had to write .

My one was based on a lab and i did it in theroyal veterinary college in camden in london and it was based on like healer cells which islike cancer cells and we did lots of research about those and i wrote up my dissertation whereasin medicine there is no concept of things like dissertations and final year projects as suchit's more just lectures learning exams oski's and then it's pass fail so those are the maindifferences between the two degrees between the learning styles the teaching styles the exams andgenerally the workload and the stress level if i had to compare the two i'd say that i actuallyfound biomedical sciences more difficult than i did medicine the fine detail that you had togo into the research papers that you had to read and the essays that you had to write in theexams it was quite a sort of mind shock for me .

Coming out of a levels coming out of my sixthform in that little warm cocoon that i was in and then into the world of university but what thatmeant is that i was so well prepared for medicine because i was already overdoing it during biomedbecause that's what the degree required me to do i found medicine and the learning andthe self-directed learning i had to do very straightforward had it not been for thoseend of year exams where it felt like it was all or nothing then i think i would have had amuch better time and but that's just my sort of personality and my characteristic when it comesto exams i just get quite stressed um especially if i don't have like a level of certainty that'swhat happens with me but yeah that's the topic for a whole different video but that being said thatbecause you were spending more time in lectures .

And doing group work and doing clinical placementplacements in medicine you really did get to know your peers and your friends and your the otherpeople doing the degree when i finished biomedical sciences i felt like i didn't really know verymany people from the course and when we got round to graduation i only knew like a handful of peoplethat were going up to receive their diplomas because we spent very little time in lectures andit was more self-directed learning like i said whereas in medicine it was much much differentand everyone kind of knew each other one way or another you would have had placements with eachother some way you would have worked in a group together you would have done exams together justsomething so um i was glad to say that it wasn't just my social skills that were the reason becausewhen it came right to my medical school graduation .

I knew a lot of the people that were going upto get their diplomas so that's it guys that's comparing biomedical sciences to medicine for youif you have any questions about any of the two degrees then don't hesitate to leave a commenta question anything from me down below i answer all of them and if you did like this video i'dlove for you to give it a thumbs up and to share it with your friends who maybe need to watch itdon't forget to subscribe if you haven't already follow me on my instagram which is thejunior doc and i'll see you in my next video you


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