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Hi, I'm Matthew

Following my BSc in biomedical science I went onto specialise, completing a masters in epigenetics in a placental laboratory at Southampton General Hospital. After I graduated I moved to London to work for a pharmaceutical agency before heading back to university to to study graduate entry medicine. Throughout my undergraduate I taught children with a range of special educational needs and also worked as a tutor in my free time helping students mainly with A level chemistry and biology. Having completed the GAMSAT and UKCAT multiple times, i have experience in both entry exams and also personal statement writing. I can also help with medical school interview preparations including mock interviews and practice questions.

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Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Graduate Entry Medicine - Currently on track for 75% (2017 - now)

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University of Southampton

Epigenetics - 1:1 (2015 - 2016)

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University of Southampton

Biomedical Science - 1:1 (2012 - 2015)

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Asked by Audrey

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How does pulse differ from blood pressure?
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Graduate entry medical student with a 1st class Masters and BSc

Hi Audrey, good question. Your blood pressure is a measurement of the force the blood is being passed through the blood vessels. It is measured as ...Learn more

Asked by Richard

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What type of blood do each of the umbilical blood vessels carry?
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Graduate entry medical student with a 1st class Masters and BSc

Hi Richard, good question! So inside the umbilical cord there are two arteries and one vein. Unusually the vein actually carries oxygenated blood. ...Learn more

Asked by Micheal

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Can anyone please tell me the definition of Meiosis?
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Graduate entry medical student with a 1st class Masters and BSc

Hi Michael, I hope this helps. Meiosis is a specialised type of cell division that occur when one cell divides into four cells, each with half the ...Learn more

Asked by Sarah

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Why is alcohol is absorbed by the body much faster than food?
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Alcohol is a much smaller molecule than most foods and as a result does not require breakdown via enzymes to be absorbed in the gut. As a result it ...Learn more

Asked by Jeniffer

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What is the structure, function, and location of the pleura, pericardium, and peritoneum?
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Graduate entry medical student with a 1st class Masters and BSc

Hi Jennifer I hope this clarifies things. Pleura: Location – the pleura is located in the chest and acts as a membrane that encases the lungs Str...Learn more

Asked by Jeniffer

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What is the structure, function, and location of the pleura, pericardium, and peritoneum?
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Graduate entry medical student with a 1st class Masters and BSc

Hi Jennifer, I hope this clarifies things. Pleura: Location - the pleura is located in the chest and acts as a membrane that encases the lungs. Str...Learn more

Asked by Lauren

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What is the process of applying for a degree in medicine? What should I do in Year 12?
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Graduate entry medical student with a 1st class Masters and BSc

Personally, focusing on those grades are really important. You’ll need biology and chemistry to A2 for most medical schools and at least an A in bot...Learn more

Asked by Jeniffer

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Does heartbeat depend on the brain?
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Graduate entry medical student with a 1st class Masters and BSc

Hi Jennifer, this is a complicated question. The heart itself has the ability to generate its own contraction. This is due to all the cells of the...Learn more

Asked by Lauren

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Are there any tips on how to get into top universities to staidly medicine excluding good grades???
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Graduate entry medical student with a 1st class Masters and BSc

Hi Lauren. I think a key part for medicine applications are experience. You need to show that you are dedicated and also prepared for what the job e...Learn more

Asked by Liam

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The heart is a pumping device for blood. Is there a separate blood supply for the heart wall?
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Hi Liam, you are correct, the heart does have its own blood supply. It originates at the base of the main artery that leaves the heart, which is cal...Learn more

Asked by Ahmad

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Karyo maens....?
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The word β€œKaryo” literally means nucleus, but is often used as a prefix in biology. For example the term β€œkaryotype” means; the number and character...Learn more

Asked by Audrey

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If neurons in the central nervous system lack centrioles and are unable to divide, how do brain tumors develop?
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Hi Audrey, There are more than one type of cell in the brain, these include astrocytes, microglia and other structural cells. Whilst the neurons do...Learn more

Asked by James

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What vein drains the lesser curvature of the stomach, and empties directly into the hepatic portal vein?
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Hi James, the left and right gastric vein drains the lesser curvature of the stomach.

Asked by Jeniffer

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What is the function of the simple columnar epithelium?
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Graduate entry medical student with a 1st class Masters and BSc

Hi Jeniffer, this question really depends on the location of the epithelium, however generally they provide: - a barrier to external molecules and ...Learn more