Every now and then a young person approaches me for advice on studying medicine.  The majority are extremely bright, capable and enthusiastic semi-adults, with strong desires to change the world and to ‘make a difference.’

I was once like that, once upon a time, long, long ago……….

I have wanted to be a doctor for as long as I can remember.  At a very early stage in my life, as soon as I could walk and talk, I also wanted to be a Royal Marine.  As an adult I got to be the closest e...


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