Student experiences - Czech Republic

Petra Vojtechova - MB ChB Medicine

Petra VojtechovaMy name is Petra Vojtechova, I am twenty one and I come from the Czech republic.

I study medicine in Bristol, which I find both fascinating and rewarding. The choice of a medical degree fulfills all my expectations, including patient contact, the importance of communication and scientific challenge. I studied my A-levels in England and therefore I applied only to UK universities, from which Bristol was top of my choice.

Partly for its academic excellence, partly for the culturally varied community, studying in Bristol for the past two years has made a significant contribution to my personal development.

For those of you who might consider studying medicine in Bristol, it is done in the traditional style. Five teaching years are divided into first two pre-clinical years and three clinical years. Pre-clinical years are based in the lecture theatres and consist mainly of lectures, tutorials and practicals. Clinical years are based in hospitals, where the year is divided into smaller groups. Here, in Bristol, we have the option to intercalate in various subjects. Around one third of our year will intercalate. I have chosen to study neuroscience, which means that at the end of this academic year I will have neuroscience degree and afterwards I will continue in clinical years.

I am hoping to specialize in brain surgery, and such intercalation could strengthen my understanding of the brain.

The experience of living in halls was one of the most important determinants for fun-filled two years. Wills Hall provided me with a perfect environment for making great friends and facing the challenges of newly found independence. (Where else can you talk all night long about philosophy or drink in fantastically cheap student bars?)

I have always had an interest in meeting international students, myself being a foreigner I understand problems they can encounter. I took this interest further in second year when I became the International and Welfare Representative for hall and consequently International Office Ambassador for the University. Both these roles enabled me to meet a great variety of people from all over the world and taught me about different cultures.

Being a medic doesn’t leave me with much free time, but I can still make the most of Bristol’s rich cultural and social scene. Ranging from concerts of Nouvelle Vague, featuring art exhibitions, everyone can find their own interest niche.

Bristol has millions of wonderful little cafes and tea houses, that I decided to explore (it is my long-term challenge). Once, in one such little cafe, I had to use some skills from medical school. Yes, I gave first aid. To everyone’s surprise, it was successful and now I can say it has been the most memorable experience here so far.

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