FBMH Stories: Rory Tinker

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As part of our #FBMHStories feature for Instagram we chatted to Rory Tinker, a third year Medicine (MBChB) student. He shared with us some great things to do in Manchester and what life is really like for a medical student.

Why did you choose to study here?

I chose to study at The University of Manchester because I heard it was a really fun city with a lot going on, and I didn’t want to go somewhere with a small town feel. It’s also a bit cheaper than London!

I was drawn to the Medical School because it has good resources and lots of opportunities to do research. There are many hospitals and a large patient population in contrast to a lot of medical schools, which are much smaller and less specialist. I’m enjoying it!

What aspects of your course are you enjoying the most?

I most enjoy the patient contact. It’s nice to chat to people when they’re at a critical point in their life – I feel like I’m making a difference. It’s an unforgettable experience and a privilege to help! Medicine is a social career.

I also like learning high level science. The course gives you an opportunity to intercalate in a BSc subject for a year, so at the moment I’m doing Neuroscience. To learn about Neuroscience in such depth is really interesting, and I’m looking forward to doing a research project. My project is about what happens to your brain after a stroke and how we can potentially modulate that to reduce long term damage.

What are you hoping to do following your studies?

I really like working with children with neuro-disabilities. I enjoyed my work experience doing this for the last two summers, so I’d like to do a Neurodevelopment PhD and become an academic paediatric neurologist, or a paediatric neurosurgeon. I want to advance my career and do something positive for the people who have helped me so much.

I came to the Medical School not really wanting to be a doctor at the end of it. In Year 1, I didn’t know whether it was really for me. What changed my mind is seeing the impact that good doctors can have on very vulnerable children with neuro-developmental difficulties. I now feel that I do actually want to be a doctor at some point. I have been inspired to be a better doctor, beyond the science.

Would you recommend your course to others?

Yes I would – but I would make people realise that if they want to do Medicine it is a 6 year commitment and I would encourage them to do it for the right reasons. It’s not about the prestige, the money, or the way society looks up to you.

If they enjoy science, learning about the human body or are driven to make the world a bit more, just they should do it. They need to enjoy talking to people, because 95% of the job is social!

What aspect of your placement are you most looking forward to?

I go on placement next year and there are three years’ worth of placements in total. It’s one thing to learn about medicine in a lecture theatre or a textbook, but it’s another thing seeing it in practice.

What is your favourite thing to do in Manchester?

There’s a lot going on; Manchester has a vibrant nightlife. There is a good sports scene – I’m part of the rugby club. In the city, there are lots of facilities like climbing walls and ice rinks. Geographically, Manchester is in the perfect location as it’s close to the Peak and Lake Districts. I’m from London and I have found that money goes further in Manchester.

Where is your favourite place on campus?

I like going to the Whitworth Art Gallery to study. It’s quite a peaceful building.

Whitworth Gallery, The University of Manchester
Whitworth Gallery, The University of Manchester

Do you have any advice for prospective students thinking about taking your course?

Try to do other things outside working — it will make you a better doctor. Just have fun along the way!

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