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Amy Coats

amycoats1.jpgYear: First (At time of interview: March 2017)
Grantham, Lincolnshire
Education: BSc Biology at Derby University and MSc Microbiology and Immunology at Nottingham University.

What work experience had you gained before coming here?

I had worked with adults with learning disabilities and had also spent time working as a Health Care Assistant in a psychiatric unit.

Why did you choose Warwick?

Warwick have a more holistic view of applicants than other medical schools, and as my A levels were not great I needed a medical school that appreciated my other academic achievements and my life experience.

How have you found the MB ChB so far?

Exhausting but great. The whole cohort is very supportive and friendly, and older years are more than happy to help lower years. It's not competitive at all - students are always willing to lend a helping hand.

Have you had any experience of going into clinic yet?

I've only been in hospital a few days so far, but as a first year this is still a great experience. Warwick really likes getting us hands-on experience as early as possible.

What are you particularly enjoying about your course?

My CBL (Case-Based Learning) group are amazing, and every week we work through a new case together. I feel like I learn so much, as we direct our own learning and have time and space to ask questions and make mistakes in a safe, supportive environment.

Have you been involved in any extracurricular activities this year?

Yes, lots! I am the medical faculty rep, which involves attending meetings and representing the students in the SU. I am also the treasurer of the MedSoc Games Society (great fun) and am part of a lecture feedback scheme. There are also lots of opportunities for one-off events and talks. I always seem to have something scheduled in my diary. There are loads of opportunities to have fun and socialise (and get experience for your portfolio).

Do you have any idea at this stage what you’d like to specialise in in the future?

I think it's too early to say - everything seems interesting at the moment!

Do you have any advice for people considering applying?

The course is very tough, and I think you really need to be dedicated to see it through. So try and get lots of experience with patients before applying to make sure this is really what you want to do.