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We live in an age where technology is
encroaching on our lives at an increasing rate. The gap between IT and medicine
has gone from being vast to arguably non-existent yet the study of Medicine
does not incorporate much teaching to bridge this gap. It’s only a matter of
time before every field of medicine is shaped by technology. Therefore, it’s
important for us as medical students to gain a firm grasp on its power in order
to implement it effectively and embrace the positive change that it will bring
to our careers.


I would like to do this iBSc as it
combines the two things that I have found to be the most engaging over my
academic career: mathematics and medicine. I have missed the meticulous and
tidy nature of mathematics that I so enjoyed during school, as I was able to
fully understand every step along the way to a solution. This sense of
satisfaction is something that I haven’t yet felt in my medical studies. My
only reservation with studying Maths used to be that I didn’t think of it as a
creative subject. Upon reading into bioinformatics, I’ve learnt that modelling allows us to streamline the vast array of healthcare data
available to us to use it as a tool to produce further biological data. This ameliorates
disease monitoring and diagnostic tools as ‘health’ begins to incorporate more preventative
medicine. In a similar way, this iBSc will allow me to take advantage of the range
of interdisciplinary research at UCL by using lateral thinking in Mathematics
to solve real-life problems. I would be honoured to be in the first cohort of this course,
especially given that it’s only one of its kind in the country. Having achieved
100% in FP3 and S1, I know that I would enjoy studying Mathematics in a
university environment.

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Despite not having had any formal
teaching in programming, I’ve taught myself basic web development and would
relish the opportunity to learn another language. I think it’s unfortunate that
programming is not commonly taught at school, given how much we all rely on
computers. My pragmatic, rational and logical approach to learning would be
conducive to me learning and enjoying programming.


I recently volunteered at the GIANT
Health Event, an innovation and new technology conference. I attended talks
spanning subjects ranging from apps and wearable technology to AI for
diagnosis. I realised that this field has far more potential than I had thought
and that there are so many new ideas to be explored, such as blockchain
technology in medical records and smart contracts or AI software in image
recognition. The fact that innovation in technology advances so quickly is what
provokes my desire to be part of its unravelling.


AI already affects our lives on a
day-to-day basis, although most
people don’t realise. For example, I’m sure that most students use Uber whilst
being unaware that its surge pricing algorithm relies on machine learning. I
have found this topic interesting for a long time, initially roused by
sci-fi films. In fact, I wrote my BMAT essay on the subject of AI and its
dangers, in a discussion on the quote “Computers are useless. They can only
give you answers.” by Pablo Picasso. My interes has prevailed due to
the breadth of potential. I have found it difficult to gain an adequate
foothold with reading alone so would be grateful for the opportunity to be
taught in this subject. As AI technology will eventually affect so many aspects
of my life and medical career, I feel a responsibility to learn to understand


Whilst doing work experience during 6th
form, I observed a robotic prostatectomy using the Da Vinci Surgical System at
the Royal Marsden Hospital. I was impressed by the dramatically shorter
recovery time that the patients experienced, compared with those who had the
conventional surgery. I remember being fascinated by the possibility of remote surgery.
If the surgeon could operate from the corner of the room, why couldn’t they
operate from the other side of the hospital, or indeed the other side of the
world? Since then, further technology has emerged to aid the collaboration of
surgeons across the world, namely the Proximie augmented reality
technology. Given that there has been such progress in the little time since I
started medical school, it excites me to think about how much more potential
there is for growth.


I believe that the power of technology
in healthcare lies not with its ability to surpass human intelligence, but with
its ability to work synergistically with doctors and health care professionals
to deliver better care. Deeply intertwined collaboration between humans and
machines will not only improve efficiency but also lead the way to a more
preventative and cost efficient healthcare system for us all.