Somehow it's happened. I've actually made it to the fifth and final year of my medical degree and I'm trying not to focus too much on the fact that it's now less than a year until I begin work as a junior doctor...
Despite the terror of finals and the fact that this year is all about preparing to be actual real life responsible doctors, I was looking forward to coming back and getting started. In some ways, this year has the potential to be the best one so far. This is meant to be the year that we start doing what we've been training for over the last few years. We're the nearest we've ever been to becoming doctors and will be working closely with the healthcare staff to deliver care to patients, learning and practising the skills necessary for the coming years.
Oh also, this is everyone's last year in Bristol and I've got a huge list of things to see/ experience/ eat/ visit with my time left here. So hopefully there's going to be some fun fitted around the exams!
I arrived back to my flat on Sunday afternoon - fitting in a mini-shopping trip and the obligatory 'back-to-uni' supermarket stock up. Mum rather generously supplied me with plenty of delicious M&S goodies!
We'd had some work done at the flat over the summer and our wonderful landlady popped round with a beautiful bunch of flowers and a card to say thanks for putting up with the work and having all our things moved about! (It was really no trouble at all being about a hundred miles away!) I then spent Sunday evening watching hot air balloons drifting past my window while summarising fairy tales with my primary school teacher friend. If only every evening could be so simple...
|Coming home to fresh flowers is the best! These will hopefully look even more beautiful once they open|
|With these passing so regularly at the moment, I need to invest in a decent camera!|
First day back involved a leisurely 9.15am start - it's usually been somewhere between 8.00 and 8.30 in previous years, so they seem to be treating us final years well so far! After a morning of introductory lectures and post-summer catch up conversations, I headed to Bills for lunch with a couple of friends. We took advantage of the £9.95 two course lunch deal and I enjoyed a delicious crunchy kale salad with quinoa and avocado, and an indulgent warm chocolate brownie.
We then got straight into the year with an afternoon of palliative care lectures, an important topic that will be the theme of this week. I then spent the evening sorting out various admin (like TV licences and council tax exemptions... joy) and cooking dinner with my flatmate.
As much as I loved the freedom and relaxation of the long summer holiday, it's really not so bad to return. I'm already back beside my window watching the evening sun go down over the city while more hot air balloons slowly meander across the sky. Bristol, it's good to be back. Bring it on, fifth year...