David Trennery, 43, gave up a job in IT to retrain as a medic after a bout of illness inspired him to find out more about the human body. He wasn't fazed by returning to study as a mature student and graduated in 2018. He would advise people considering a second career as a doctor that “life is long and you can do anything you want. But make sure you save up before taking the plunge!”

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“I hated science at school. It was only when I got measles in my early thirties that I thought it was about time I learnt more about my body. I wanted to understand what the doctors were talking about so, when I recovered, I started an Open University course in human biology. I was working as an IT consultant at the time and I kept thinking, yes my life is a comfortable 9 to 5 but I don't want to wake up one day and realise I'd never pushed myself.

“Having enjoyed my biology course, I decided to take the plunge and apply for medical school. It took me ages to pass the GAMSAT exam and when I started at St George's, I don't think I realised just how tough the course was going to be. I felt like I was taking a motorcycling course in Japanese without understanding Japanese, as I didn't have the basic science background that my classmates had.

“I was very well supported by my tutors and lecturers who gave up their time to give me the extra help I needed and get me ready for finals. I felt like I belonged at St George's and I feel a real warmth when I am there.

“I wasn't the oldest in my cohort and I never found the age gap to be an issue. My cohort was made up of people in their early 20s, those in their late 20s going through a career change and then a handful of people like me, what I like to call ‘worldies', who have had a life-changing experience and decided to give it a go.

“If I was going to give advice to someone in a similar position to me who was thinking about studying Medicine, I would say life is very long and you can do anything you want. Don't feel set on one path. But make sure you save up before taking the plunge!”

Last Updated: Friday, 14 September 2018 09:35