David Stockell, originally from Dorset, is currently intercalating in BSc Microbiology in Relation to Medicine between the 3rd and 4th year of the MBChB.
What made you choose to intercalate?
I chose to intercalate as it afforded me the opportunity to improve my knowledge in an area of medicine that I found particularly interesting. The course was tailored specifically at intercalating medics so the content was all extremely relevant to healthcare.
Why did you choose to intercalate at Leeds?
Having spent the last three years in Leeds studying medicine, I could see no reason to move away! The support system I had in Leeds was excellent, both from my tutor, and from colleagues who had intercalated in the subject in previous years.
What has been the highlight of the course?
Definitely the research project module - this allowed me to explore a topic in depth and gain an insight into what it would be like to have a career in research.
Would you recommend the BSc Microbiology in Relation to Medicine to others? Why?
I would highly recommend this course to people considering intercalation. It builds on the microbiology covered in the first couple of years of medical school and puts you in a good position for when you return to ward rounds. The modules on offer are varied and interesting, and are taught by people conducting leading
research in their field.
How do you think the course will help you in the future and what are your plans?
The topics have all been relevant to patient care and the knowledge I have gained should help enormously throughout the rest of medical school. Among other things I’ve had the opportunity to learn about emerging infections, hepatitis and anti-fungal medications.
I plan to complete the MBChB course and then apply for Foundation jobs in the Severn Deanery.