During his Medicine Undergraduate Foundation programme at ONCAMPUS UK North, Sarmad saw how much emphasis the University of Central Lancashire puts on student wellbeing and this resonated with him as a student on a rigorous course, thousands of kilometres away from family and friends.
Before I came to UCLan and ONCAMPUS (the foundation programme) I had just stopped playing football full-time. I didn’t see myself being given the opportunity to study in a reputable medical school. Therefore, once I was given the opportunity I have tried to make the most of it as I’m really grateful for this opportunity provided.
My decision to join UCLan was solidified when I came in for my interview at the medical school and I was able to interact with some members of staff. Seeing how supportive they were made me feel like I was making the correct decision by choosing to study MBBS at UCLan.
It has brought me a lot closer to my parents (both doctors) also. The curriculum has made me able to have stimulating conversations with them about concepts I would have learnt much later in my studies if I remained in my home country. It really has been a fantastic opportunity thus far and I am excited to see what is to come and to try and maximise my potential throughout.
We were meant to go to Wales during our induction weeks but unfortunately due to COVID-19 we were unable to do so. The same can be said for our placements within GP surgeries and community healthcare settings (although an online alternative was developed to help us still learn the valuable points). If things go well, we will have another opportunity for placements after our exams.
Our professors and tutors are some of the most helpful teachers I have had. They are always happy to help and never shy away from providing support to us despite how busy they are. They are highly competent in their respective subjects, and they are still able to convey the information to a level that we can understand.
Throughout my previous education (in South Africa), it felt as if the aim was always to pass the exam and the emphasis was not placed on understanding the content.