Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of a medical student looks like?  

Early mornings, downing coffees, saving lives and everything in between. You’d think it is all about the action but in reality, the pre-clinical years just aren’t. 

(Pre-clinical years = university-based teaching, with minimal to no patient contact). 

Given the current pandemic, a day in the life of a medical student has taken new forms. So let’s rephrase the question, to what is a day in the life of a medical student… in the middle of a pandemic? 

In this blog post, I am going to give you the low down of what my average day is like as a current 2nd-year medical student at Lincoln Medical School.

A bit of background

At Lincoln Medical School, we follow the curriculum and timetable of that of a Nottingham Medical Student. Each medical school varies in terms of its timetable and teaching style. 

7 am-

Wake up. I like to start my day bright and early. LOL, just joking, let’s jump to 8’oclock ⬇️

8 am- 

Now 8 am is a lot closer to the reality of what time I wake up for lectures. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, all of our lectures have been moved online. Which gives me a lot more flexibility for how I spend my mornings. 

I could roll out of bed about 5 minutes before the start of the lecture and be perfectly on time. But I prefer to wake up earlier so I can get ready for my day in a similar way as if I were leaving my accommodation. During my showers, I love to listen to a podcast episode to fill my mornings with something productive! 

My top morning tip: leave your phone somewhere you will need to get up to turn off your alarm. This way you limit the number of times you hit that snooze button! 

8.30 am- 

Breakfast!! I won’t bore you with a list of all my breakfast choices because it really does change all the time. But I always start the day with a hot drink, either tea or coffee (really depends on my mood). This is definitely a huge medical student cliché… I know. 

More recently I’ve been trying new smoothie/juice recipes – my current favourite being green juice.  

9 am- 

Time to start lectures. 

On average as a second-year medical student, I have around 3-4 lectures a day (this changes day to day and week to week, so it can end up being anywhere from 0-7 lectures per day). Lectures can be on a range of topic but they usually follow a ‘theme of the week’. Topics include: 

  • Anatomy 
  • Biochemistry 
  • Epidemiology 
  • Pharmacology 
  • & more! 

10:15 am-

Luckily, at Lincoln Medical School we have been able to continue with face-to-face teaching for anatomy (Mondays only) and clinical skills (tends to be on Wednesdays). So, on Mondays around this time, I make sure my bag is packed and ready to go to anatomy!

On the days we have anatomy, we usually don’t have any lectures beforehand as the 1-hour anatomy sessions run in small teaching groups from 9 am until 1 pm. 

10:30 am- 

After I make sure I have everything I scurry out the door to start my 15-minute walk to the anatomy suite. We have to get there early due to social distancing procedures prolonging the process of safely entering the anatomy suite. 

11 am- 12pm-

Our anatomy sessions are an hour long. In these sessions, we go around the room in groups of four to different stations which involve pro-sections or anatomy models. We just finished neuroanatomy which was actually our last block of anatomy teaching ever 😢!  

 1 pm- 

Somewhere around this time I usually go down to the kitchen to get some lunch! 

During my “lunchtime” I love to watch a short Youtube video or finish off a podcast I started in the morning. However sometimes if I’m feeling extra motivated, I work through my lunch break and finish off some work I have left to do. 

2 pm- Back to lectures! 

As some lectures are pre-recorded, I try to listen to them at the fastest speed that I can keep up with to save some time. 

If I find I have some extra time before a scheduled live lecture, I will try and fit in another pre-recorded one which has a slot later in the day. Alternatively, I get on with making my Anki flashcard cards for the day. 

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5 pm-

On a regular day, all lectures are usually done and dusted by 5 pm. However, each day is different so this can range anywhere from 2 pm- 5.30 pm 

6 pm-

Anki! I try and make my Anki cards for my lectures as soon after each lecture as I can. But in reality, I usually have a huge backlog, LOL. 

7 pm-

Dinner (my favourite part of the day) 

8 pm-

More Anki! 

9 pm-10 pm-

Call it a day and start winding down. 

X pm – a.k.a. Bedtime 

Putting a set time for what time I go to bed is a myth! So I’ll leave it there, so we can do it all again tomorrow! 

If you enjoyed reading this day in the life of a medical student and want to know more, follow me on Instagram (@thebabymedicblog) to see more of my day to day life.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Love this!!! More please!!!

  2. Anonymous

    Awesome! Good to know thanks for sharing

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