Serge Marbacher from Switzerland, MSc in Clinical Neurology
What was your academic background?
I am a graduate medical doctor with two years experience in neurosurgery.
Why did you want to do this course?
I chose this course for several reasons. First of all, I was keen to obtain an MSc in Clinical Neurology qualification which combined scientific research with clinical experience. Secondly, and most importantly, I felt that this course will give me the fundamental training I need in order to have a solid background in neurology. Upon completion of this course, I will not only have acquired the necessary basic skills and insights into the field of neurology, but also gained more confidence in dealing with patients.
Why did you choose UCL – the Institute of Neurology in Queen Square?
Queen Square is the birthplace of neurology and has a worldwide reputation of excellence. To spend a year at such a prestigious Institute is a great asset to my professional and personal development. People from all over the world come together like a puzzle at UCL and thanks to these people I’ve been exposed to methods and approaches I may not have considered otherwise.
What else can you tell us about the MSc in Clinical Neurology course?
We receive personalised teaching in small groups from the professors themselves. They take a real interest in passing on their knowledge and I feel that teaching is highly valued here. I very much like the combination of clinical demonstration and bedside teaching.
Have you gained an interest in research here?
Definitely. There’s a lot of research going on here. It’s great that demonstrations were arranged for us to see what kind of research the individual departments and laboratories are currently doing.