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Common challenges while studying

Common challenges while studying

Studying medicine can be a challenging time for the average student. However there are some who face additional hurdles such as studying with dyslexia or being responsible for dependents.

We believe these and any similar issues, should not become barriers to pursusing a career in medicine. Read our guidance below on some of the more common challenges often faced during studying.


Studying with dependents

The following guidelines should be considered when dealing with medical students with dependents and when compiling a relevant framework.




Studying with dyslexia

It is important that dyslexia does not create a barrier to becoming a doctor. These difficulties can be overcome with appropriate support and advice highlighted in this guidance.




Being tested for BBV

As a medical student, you may be asked by your medical school to undergo testing for blood borne viruses (BBV) and TB. This short guidance helps to explain why you may be asked, how to respond and the possible consequences of the results.



Dealing with the pharmaceutical industry

This guidance is aimed at providing students with advice on how to professionally interact with the pharmaceutical industry at medical school and beyond.


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We know how challenging it is to study medicine.

So we've pulled together this list of practical help and real life advice to get you through.

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