STP Insights: The MSc

Having just spent 2 weeks up at Uni, I thought now would be the perfect time to write the second instalment of our STP insights series. I’m actually writing this on my train home so the memories of coffee-fuelled lectures and late night games of exploding kittens* are fresh in my mind: the perfect time to get them down on paper/…into my laptop.

Before I start, as usual- a disclaimer that the experience each specialism has during their MSc, and even each year, varies massively. This is just an account of my personal experience to give you an insight into what it might be like for you if you’re thinking about applying for the STP.

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Look who’s talking: An amateur’s guide to giving presentations

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The year is 2003(ish) and it’s speech day in my high school English class. I stand alone and exposed at the front of the room. Behind the safety of their desks, my classmates track my every move. Looking up from her paperwork, my teacher gives me the nod. Show time. I draw in a deep breath and yell “DANGER!”. My voice booms out across the room, bouncing off the walls and the faces of my stunned audience. A classroom of eyebrows rise in unison. My teacher frantically scribbles in her notes.

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STP Insights: NHS employment

Since the STP applications are opening relatively soon, I thought it would be good to help potential applicants decide if it’s the right path for them. Every other resource tells you- it’s a graduate scheme with a work-based and MSc component, but what exactly is it like to be on the STP? And what are the challenges you can expect to face on your STP journey? We’ll tackle these questions over a series of posts, using our experiences over the last 15-ish months to provide a real insight to the highs and lows of the STP and exactly what you’re signing up for. A big part of the STP is the fact that you are employed by an NHS trust, so for the first post in this series let’s unravel what it’s like to work for the NHS as a healthcare science trainee.

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My journey into the world of Bioinformatics

How many bioinformaticians knew they wanted to specialise in bioinformatics when they were 18 and sitting their A-levels? Probably not a lot.

Considering that bioinformatics is such a specialised and multidisciplinary field, sometimes I think about how I ended up choosing this as my career path. Initially, I went to the University of Kent to study Biomedical Science with the ultimate goal of getting into Graduate Medicine, like the majority of my classmates. When did I decide that medicine wasn’t for me? Probably when I decided I really disliked pharmacology.

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What is pathology?

But… don’t pathologists just look at dead people…?

…Not quite.

I’m well aware that here, at STP Perspectives, we bang on about “healthcare scientists” a lot. That’s because we want our readers to be as passionate about it as we are! However, this week, as it is National Pathology Week, it’s only right that we bang on about pathologists. So what exactly is a pathologist and why should you care about them?

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Specialisms | Clinical Pharmaceutical Science

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Emily Plimmer, 1st year Clinical Pharmaceutical Science trainee in Staffordshire talks about her role.

Clinical Pharmaceutical Science (CPS) is one of those specialisms that always seem to make trainees in other areas pull a confused face – they’ve often never even heard of us! Yet the work we do is absolutely vital for patients. In simple terms, we make medicines. However, that really doesn’t do it justice; we are involved in not only making medicines, but ensuring standards of safety, efficacy and quality are met for all patients, and that is no mean feat!

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A glance into the world of Clinical Embryology

Let’s start at the beginning; what is infertility?

Infertility means not being able to conceive a child. Many people face problems with conception, this can be attributed to a number of contributing factors, but not all can be diagnosed. In 25-30% of cases a cause cannot be identified even after the most thorough investigations. This is due to the fact that some of the factors cannot be assessed. Common causes of infertility include problems with ovulation (whereby the body does not release eggs naturally), issues with the tubes, or for male partners this would include problems with the quality or ability of the sperm. For these issues there is a range of treatments that are offered through the assisted reproductive pathway.

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3 months until STP applications open!

So you want to apply for the STP 2019 intake? Read on to hear our top tips for making that application stand out. These tips are tailored purely for the written application and we will do another post later on to tackle the interview process.

If you’re not sure about the process for the application there are basically 2 parts:

–       Aptitude tests: Mathematical and logical reasoning.

–       Personal Information and short written answers to 4 questions.

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An amateurs guide to blogging

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Artwork by Joe Mahon

I feel like I talk a lot about things being scary on this blog.

Blogging is scary. Blogging is putting your writing, reflections and opinions on the internet and totally opening yourself up to criticism. If you don’t think that’s scary then can you come and write a blog post for us please?!

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Re-Work Deep Learning in Healthcare Summit

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On the 21st-22nd September, at a swanky venue in the centre of London’s financial district, AI and deep learning experts gathered to network and share their research and developments in the field. My colleague, Adriana, and I were lucky enough to win tickets from One HealthTech to attend this event.

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