Mariam Kazanji

Mariam Kazanji

How is the Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences) course taught at St Georges?

First year consists of shared lectures with the medics, gaining understanding and knowledge of the various body systems and also starting placement. You gain some experience and exposure of working in this field in a hospital environment through an eight-week placement (four weeks in respiratory and four weeks in cardiology).

The aim of this placement is to make you aware of how the two specialties differ, what they both involve and to help you decide which of the two you want to specialise in for the next two years and your degree.

In second year, there are still some lectures with medics. You deepen your understanding of how certain systems of the body work and how the body can be affected by diseases. However, second year students also begin to have lectures regarding the specialty they have chosen.

For example, those that have chosen cardiac physiology will have lectures on how to read ECGs and the different heart conditions involved. It also involves more placement! The aim is to polish the ECG skills you will have learnt during lectures and to build up your professional experience and exposure within a hospital environment.

With case-based learning you discuss a medical case with your peers that usually starts off with an individual presenting certain symptoms. You discuss the various symptoms and what should be done next, as well as the test results and what the problem might be.

With your group, you’d come up with learning objectives related to the case and research it in your own time as part of your own individual learning.  This helped me decide the best ways I learn and what methods to use when researching and attempting to find out information.

What was the most surprising element of your course or St George’s?

I was surprised at how connected each of the degrees at St George’s are and how they each inter-link. For example, for the majority of first year and a portion of second year, I had all my lectures with the medics and learnt a lot about their course. Although our courses were different, we were still expected to have the same level of basic knowledge and understanding.

I was also surprised at how much placement I’d have and how much experience and knowledge I’d gain from it. I learnt a lot during lectures but it was only during placement that I was truly able to understand and consolidate my learning.

What’s it like studying in Tooting and London?

Tooting is very vibrant and multicultural. You’re spoilt for choice in terms of where to eat and it’s very easy to travel to other parts of London where there are even more things to do. Also, because St George’s is a small university, everyone lives near one another, meaning there is a sense of community and fun.

Furthermore, London is a huge metropolitan city with endless opportunities and new things to go and experience.

How does our focus on the health and medical sciences impact your studies, studying with only other health focused students?

It means that I can discuss or revise with members from other courses as we often cover the same topics. This allows me to deepen my understanding, especially since I am somebody that benefits from learning with other people and seeing how their perspective and knowledge differs from mine.

What’s the student union like? How does the SU support you in your studies?

The SU is very open and friendly and makes the effort to host events that the students can enjoy.  The SU also values the opinions and wellbeing of its students, offering many services that cater to their needs and attempting to sort out any problems they may be having.

Are you a member of any societies? If so, which ones and what do you do?

I am part of the cheerleading society. We train three times a week in order to perfect our routine, and to make sure that our stunts are perfect to perform at competitions, where we represent the university!

If you had to sum up studying at St George’s in three words, what would they be and why?

Eventful, exciting and fun.

Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 December 2017 12:02