We’ve gone back and spoken to students who completed the Sheffield Outreach and Access to Medicine Scheme (SOAMS) programme and who are about to start their degrees here at Sheffield. Here’s how Ramsha answered 5 Minutes, 5 Questions.

What are you studying?
I will be starting the first year of Medicine, at the University of Sheffield.

Where are you from?
I am from Sheffield!

Why did you take part in the programme?
The reason why I took part in SOAMS is because it’s an amazing programme that provided me with the opportunity to fulfil my aspirations, as well as offering me support and guidance, and allowed me to take part in awesome activities. SOAMS allowed me to work closely with current medical students, and enhanced my current understanding. SOAMS is the best choice I could have made which gave me my first step towards studying Medicine!

What was the best thing about the programme?
For me, the best part about SOAMS was the Summer School. It was the most amazing and closest experience I ever had towards life as a medical student studying at the University of Sheffield. It was a kind of unique opportunity that I had; being able to take part in an anatomy masterclass was the greatest highlight.

The mock interviews, talks, everything was so useful! And really helped with the application process. I made so many new friends during the Summer School, and even got to know people from different outreach programmes. Preparing for the ethical preparation in our groups with the ambassadors was also fun, as well as the clinical skills days that we had. The ambassadors were also friendly, and gave excellent advice. I found the work placement we had on the final day to be useful and a great opportunity to talk to Doctors and healthcare professionals about a career in the medical profession.

Overall, my time at SOAMS was great, and something that I’ll never forget. It really gave me the motivation I needed, and I would highly recommend it to all!

What are you most excited about university?
I’m really excited about starting my course. It’s long and challenging, but I know it’ll be fun at the same time and I’m excited about meeting new people and making new friends. I’m looking forward to developing new skills, enhancing my understanding, starting placements, and joining societies. I’m grateful that I had the insight I need about university life from SOAMS; it will help a lot when I first start out.


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