Hello, everyone! I am so glad to be a member of this super energetic and dynamic group where everyone helps each other at his/ her fullest extent.
Let me introduce myself a bit. I am a DMCan. I belong to batch K-65 and passed my MBBS on January, 2013. I have recently passed MRCP and completed MSc. Clinical Neurology at University College London with Commonwealth Scholarship.
Aurin apu is so generous to ask me for a write up on my experience. I feel I am not that much expert and experienced yet, however I would like to share my experience of Commonwealth scholarship and MSc. Clinical Neurology with you all. Even if a single person gets benefitted, my writing will be worth while.
When I had decided to apply for Commonwealth Scholarship, I didn’t have much idea that how much beneficial it would be. But I always had an interest to have an exposure to genuine research with world class academics and an exposure to the NHS before my PACES.
I would like to discuss few topics sequentially. Today I would like to discuss whether doing a masters with commonwealth scholarship is beneficial or not?
Commonwealth Scholarship: beneficial or not?
From my experience, I believe this is the best decision I’ve ever made regarding my career.
I heard a lot of people saying that the masters is not accepted in Bangladesh/ recognised by BMDC, so it’s a waste of time. Yes, it might be partially true. But I have seen consultants in United Hospital and Square Hospital who only have MSc in Cardiology/ Critical Care Medicine and no other degree, working as a full time in-charge there and getting paid a lot.
Apart from the financial benefits, the other benefits are getting exposure to research, having your own paper, having experience of presenting posters with proper guidance, having networks with world famous academics, having exposure to NHS if you choose a clinical subject. To me these benefits are the most important.
As I got enrolled into Clinical Neurology, I had one year honorary contract with NHS, I attended clinics with consultants regularly for 1 year, had clinical attachment with 3 consultants and attended all clinical activities including ward round, MDT meeting with them. These helped me a lot with my communication station of PACES and undoubtedly the neurology station was the easiest for me.
Regarding Neurology, I had never known that neurology can have more than 30 subdivisions before coming here. I got to know and use fMRI, advanced neuroimaging techniques, neurogenetics and proper diagnosis and effective treatment of numerous common and rare neurological diseases. On every thursday, we have Gower’s Grand round where all the rare and difficult diagnoses are discussed in front of expert neurologists , SpR , students and trainees. Moreover, we had regular bedside teaching and case presentations.
Regarding research, I have my own paper (only two author including my supervisor) which got published in AAN annual journal, my own research project and attendances to numerous conferences, seminars out of which I was speakers in two and presented poster in five.
Now, it’s upto you whether you think it’s beneficial/ worthy of time and energy/ important for you.
I’ll discuss about how to apply for Commonwealth Scholarship next!
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Dr. Sanjida Chowdhury