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 Rebecca answered 5 Minutes, 5 Questions.

What are you studying?
I am studying medicine as a five-year course at the University of Sheffield.

Where are you from?
I am from Sheffield/Rotherham originally so I already had an idea of the area and it wasn’t too far to travel to take part in the programme.

Why did you take part in the programme?
I was really interested in medicine as a degree and as I signed up for SOAMS to start in Year 9 I thought it would give me an insight into university and the course to ensure it was what I really wanted to do. It was also a chance to explore the University of Sheffield itself, as it was a uni that was close to home and is recognised for its medical school.

What was the best thing about the programme?
The best thing was the hands-on activities such as the first aid training and the small suturing lessons as they gave the biggest insight into what medicine really involves. It was also great to speak to other people my age that had the same aspirations, and to give each other advice. The current medical students were also great at helping us through the application process and our e-mentors were also very helpful to give us more information and a personal insight into medicine.

What are you most excited about university?
I am most excited about finally getting to learn in depth about medicine as it will be very different to my A Level subjects, and to meet other students and get involved in exciting new societies.


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