Medical student comes out top in two locations
On arrival in Groningen, I was surprised to see so many cyclists as I was unaware that this was most common form of transport. On the first day of the conference a rehearsal had been organised to enable presenters to have a chance to practice on stage and so that we could receive some tips from professors on the organising committee.
The next day, Thursday, was the main day of the conference and, from the ten presenters, I had been chosen to give the closing presentation. The first five presentations were very good, with a diverse range of scientific studies being presented.
As I stood waiting for questions from the audience, I felt a sense of satisfaction and knew that I had done my best. Winning the award - which is to be spent on a conference of my choice - was a marvellous moment and I felt like a celebrity for the remaining time there.
The committee were very welcoming and made us feel at home. We were shown what it is like to be a student in Groningen and we also had a taste of Groningen night life. It is compulsory for their medical students to undertake some form of research, and the majority opt to undertake this abroad. I felt that I learned a lot about their life.
I'm convinced that this experience is a valuable one, and for me it was truly positive. I would highly recommend it to any future intercalated BSc students, and would like to see this opportunity made more widely available.
Last updated: 7 July 2003 15:55
Created by: Barbara Whiteman
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