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Student Life

A day in the life of a final year medical student, aged 23 and three quarters

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 01 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:0107250
  1. Jean Adams, final year medical student1
  1. 1University of Newcastle

Jean Adams shares a typical day A Saturday in June

0800 hrs - Woken by alarm set unusually early for a Saturday. In fact, pretty unusual to set alarm on a Saturday at all. Have sleepy debate with self re necessity for early rising that seemed so imperative last night in order to get a full day of revision in. Conclude that deserve at least a little lie in on a Saturday. Turn over. Resume slumbers.

0834 hrs - Woken, again, by flatmate clumping up stairs and relieving self with bathroom door open-jealous re obvious satisfaction that must be gained from making that much noise on such a regular basis. Presume this can only mean that others are getting up early to work. Turn over but can no longer sleep given guilt re assumed occupation of others in house. Drag self out of bed.

0850 hrs - Stumble into kitchen aware spectacles are not conveniently perched on nose as per usual. Observe that both flatmates are currently drinking very strong coffee and reading the Independent. Conclude that there is obviously no need to begin studies this early. Boil kettle, reach for section of newspaper, and establish …

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