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A November of PMAs and Pre-Christmas Sales

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Damilola Oyedele, MSc Healthcare Operational Management

Hi everyone. I hope you are having a good time getting ready for the end of the year. It’s already over 2 months since I started my year at Warwick. I am amazed at how quickly time has gone by. It really does tend to catch one by surprise, doesn’t it? I officially started classes on the 15th of October and I have had 2 full modules since then. I’m going to start off by explaining how the learning around here is done. My MSc course is Healthcare Operational Management so that is what this information is based on. However, the other MSc courses in WMG are run in a very similar manner (although they may have a different number of modules) so it should still be helpful if you are interested in the other courses.

There are 8 modules in this course (you can find the details on the HOM full-time Master's web page). What happens is we have one week of class/group learning for each module. This week is usually intense. We have classes every day of the week from 9am to 6:30pm. Although there are a few breaks in between, it usually still makes for a really long day. That week is followed by 2 – 3 weeks of personal learning during which we are to do a post module assignment (PMA) on the module we’ve completed. We are also expected to do some work on our dissertation during this time. This means that I currently have 2 PMAs pending (and my dissertation). I’ll just say it requires hard work and time management. I have been spending some time in the library; mostly because I sometimes need books for referencing. I must say that I’ve found the library staff helpful. Every time I’ve had a question or needed help, I have gotten it.

This month, we had a class trip to University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire as part of our module. While it was not the first time seeing how a hospital works for me (because my undergraduate degree was in Medicine), it was illuminating to see a hospital works in the UK. It was also interesting to see some of the concepts we had discussed in class being put to work and ask staff questions about them. We visited the Paediatrics wards, the Accident and Emergency as well as the Sterile Services Department. I found it very enlightening.

Away from school work, it is almost December and we all know what December really means. Christmas! Things are slowly starting to look festive. I was delighted to see the city center lit up with Christmas lights when I visited over the weekend. It is also getting colder, but I knew that would happen. This is also sales season. The Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend has just passed and while enjoy retail therapy as much as any other girl, my email is a tad tired of the messages urging me to spend some more money. I will however confess that I’ve not been very successful at ignoring the emails. Overall, November was a good one filled with new knowledge and I’m looking forward to December festivities in this new city.

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A module visit to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire