Celebrating Ten Years Celebrating Ten Years

Read our medicine graduates' stories from over the past 10 years

Over the last ten years we have been immensely proud of Norwich Medical School and how it has grown from such strong beginnings. Our graduates consistently rate UEA as having prepared them for practice. In 2015, the GMC Regional Review gave Norwich Medical School eleven points of commendation and we have recently risen from 19th to 16th place in the Complete University Guide 2018.

Timeline of the Norwich Medical School:


When the Norwich Medical School launched, the Dean of the School said:

"When I started medical school in 1964, I was convinced that Medicine had everything that I wanted from a career. Actually, there was nothing else at that time that I could really imagine myself doing. Thirty-eight years on I still cannot imagine myself doing anything else. 

 

The study skills and the approach to assessing evidence that you develop on the programme will be at least as important as the scientific facts and clinical skills that you master. Learning to communicate with patients and colleagues and learning to work as part of a team are fundamental lessons. Above all, you must learn to approach each new relationship with humility and to keep an open mind in every situation." 

Our alumni look back:

Name: Clare N Aitchison

Position: GP Partner

What were your career aspirations when you joined UEA?

To be a GP

My best day at UEA was…

Too many to count! Singing in a live band for live in the Square at the end of term was pretty good.

How did UEA prepare you for your career or help you make decisions?

The right training for the job in an incredibly supportive and friendly atmosphere.

What advice would you offer to current students, or anyone / considering studying at UEA?

It's a wonderful place to study. You will make lifelong friends here. Make sure you do other things that aren't just for your course.

The most important thing I learnt at UEA was…

Kindness and good humour will take you far

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RYCKIE WADE, 2011 GRADUATE

"Norwich Medical School prepared me for being a junior doctor perfectly. I hit the wards on day one feeling comfortable, appropriately terrified, but equally confident that I could do the work. The wide array of experiences offered, disciplines and specialties encountered helped me to hone my interests. The pace throughout the course was achievable and hence, I could enjoy my life beyond work too, which I think is especially important in a demanding profession such as healthcare."

EMILY CLARK, 2009 GRADUATE

"As a GP, I enjoy the variety of patients, as well as the chance to practise patient-centered medicine at every stage of patients’ lives and for the whole family."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Nicola J Bell

Position: GP Partner

What were your career aspirations when you joined UEA?

Anything but general practice!

The best thing about my job is…

The team I work with (like a second family) / Independent working / Getting to know patients

What is you ambition for the next 10 years of your career?

To continue to push forward collaborative working in my locality and aspire to be a great GP (Prof Matt Makin, Chief of Cancer services in Wales in 2008 told me its easy to be a bad gp, hard to be a great gp)

How did UEA prepare you for your career or help you make decisions?

Excellent GP placements meant I could aspire to General Practice. (Henry and Jane - thank you very much). Focus on group working ensuring you can work in any team, and recruiting ""normal"" people to train. I would not have flourished in a more competitive/academic university. At UEA you could be who you are, and develop as you felt comfortable.

What made you decide to study your particular course?

I got a good feel for UEA at the interview day. Doing well at 6th form swayed me into medicine instead of nursing.

My best day at UEA was…

Over 5yrs there were lots, but nothing beats the feeling of finding out you've passed your degree.

What advice would you offer to current students, or anyone / considering studying at UEA?

Its a great place to be a student. Live on campus for the first year to get the full experience. You will make lifelong friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Oliver D Stone

Position: Advanced training programme fellow Hand surgery

What were your career aspirations when you joined UEA?

Orthopaedic surgeon

The best thing about my job is…

Everything! I love the patients, the technical aspect of my job particularly microsurgery, the educational opportunities.

What is you ambition for the next 10 years of your career?

I'm about to go on a second hand surely fellowship in Australia. I am now looking for a consultant hand surgery post.

My best day at UEA was…

The day I was accepted into the course through clearing!

What advice would you offer to current students, or anyone / considering studying at UEA?

I believe that all medical graduates end up at a similar endpoint after foundation training. UEA however was a forward thinking course. They gave me the chance when many others wouldn't and saw the potential in me.

The most important thing I learnt at UEA was…

How to enjoy study.

Read our medicine graduates' stories from over the past 10 years