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#OxbridgeMedicine – #OxbridgeExperiences – Medical Student

We ask one of our Oxford Medics about their course:

I’m currently doing the lecture course on cell physiology, which is really broad.  As an illustration, I’ve been doing tutorials on G protein coupled receptors, protein folding and secretion, second messenger signalling, stress, ovulation, and I’ve got acid and oxygen sensing coming up soon.  My research is on cardiac optogenetics – GM mouse hearts and shining light on them to see how it changes.  I started off not explaining that but then doctors started asking me what it actually meant.  I’m also writing a mini review on why cancer patients get weird taste sensations.
I chose medicine because human life is the most important thing we have.  There are very few careers where you are at the frontier of dealing with human health every day.  The amount you have to know in order to practice is immense – and it changes all the time – and I never want to stop learning.  It’s also a very versatile career.  When I graduate I have so many career routes to choose from – and some of them involve practising abroad which would be really exciting.  People talk about how the NHS doesn’t have enough doctors, but if you look at the stats for some other places it’s far worse.