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Ryan Mamun


medicine.student@ccc.ox.ac.uk


Hi I’m Ryan – I’m just coming to the end of my 1st year studying Medicine at Corpus Christi. Coming to Corpus has been an amazing experience, and even if it feels like an unreachable dream I really encourage you to pursue it – Corpus is definitely worth the hard work!


There are just too many reasons to list why I love Corpus on here – we’re one of the smallest colleges in Oxford, and everyone here is so friendly. Coming from a big state school in Kent this was a massive change in atmosphere, but I found it really easy to settle in. Due to the small size of the college, I found it so simple to make friends, and found I knew everyone in our year, and a lot of those in the years above by the end of my first term. Also, the lack of depth meant that I could participate in the college sports teams, which, for a man so thoroughly lacking in hand eye co-ordination he cannot navigate a staircase, was rather exciting.


Corpus is one of several colleges that offer medicine, and most teaching is done with all of the other medical students at the Medical Science Teaching Centre about a 10 minute walk away – this includes labs, seminars, lectures and dissection room sessions. Oxford is much more traditional than other universities – the course really emphasises a scientific approach to medicine, studying the mechanisms of the body and of pathology. Oxford is one of very few universities to cover embryology and pharmacology in detail. We also look at the very-up-to-date evidence-based medicine, and are taught by some of the people conducting this research! The first two years of the course are based in scientific theory, whilst the 3rd year is an intercalation, allowing you to pursue an area of medicine you are particularly interested in, before graduating into Clinical School (years 4-6), where you’ll be studying hands on clinical practice.


College is your home (well, just opposite) and the location of your tutorials. Tutorials (tutes for short) are really what separate Oxford from anywhere else, and supplement your lectures. Being grilled for an hour or two by an academic may seem daunting at first, but they are an excellent way of truly understanding what you are being taught – you can ask anything, and end up learning so, so much (and trust me, you get to love them!). The medical tutors at Corpus Christi cover a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines, and we get to see each one of them several times a term. The Corpus library is open 24/7, and is incredibly well stocked, with all the textbooks for medicine that you might need. It’s also a really great work space. You’ll be with 4 other medics at Corpus, so you’ll end up being a really tight-knit group, and will make friends with lots of other subjects (which means you won’t end up talking about medicine all day, phew!).


Medicine is challenging – there can be times when you'll be bogged down with work and have to finish that essay instead of going to see a show or play, but I have found the experience rewarding, exciting, and so, so much fun. Corpus is a wonderfully social college, and I really can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather be.  I never dreamed I would end up at Oxford studying such an exciting subject, but I fell in love with Corpus when I came to visit, took a risk and applied, and I haven’t looked back since! I would highly recommend you visit Oxford, as it was seeing Corpus in the flesh on the open day that made me certain that I wanted to apply.


Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions, or want to find out a bit more about medicine at Corpus. I can’t wait to hear from you, and hopefully I’ll see you at the interviews!


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