Maria Elena Vilar Alvarez

Hi there! My name is Maria Elena and I'm a fourth year medical student at the University of Southampton. I'm passionate about surgery, having a particular interest in cardiothoracic and general surgery. Outside of medicine, I love travelling and writing!

A Week in Congenital Cardiac Surgery

Have you ever wondered what congenital cardiac surgery involves? I definitely have! Being interested in cardiothoracic surgery, this was the subspecialty I had never experienced. During my paediatrics placement, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to contact one of the congenital cardiac surgeons, and spend a week in the department. Here is an insight …

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Thinking of surgery - ideas for the summer

Thinking of Surgery? Ideas for the summer!

You were all probably looking forward to a summer filled with fun – perhaps going back home with family, going out with friends, or travelling to exciting places. Or perhaps, for those of you that are thinking of a career in surgery this summer was the time to have experience in theatre, do surgery-related research …

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Life During CoViD-19: A Day of a Medical Student

No more long days of placement, no more evenings in the library, no more clinical skill sessions! How do we make sure we don’t get distracted and still continue our learning as a medical student? Back in March – everything suddenly changed for everyone. While it took me a while to adapt, I found new …

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Surgery Placement Tips - Blog

Medical Students -Tips for Surgical Placement

Surgical placement might seem exciting, yet daunting! You might be filled with questions, and that is absolutely normal! Looking back on my experience I can see what went well, what did not, and all the lessons learnt! Here I would love to share a few tips from my time in surgery: 1. Plan the day …

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