A BRILL-iant idea - how a Royal Free London junior doctor is supporting medical students

16 October 2019

Father of three David Brill is a junior doctor currently working in the Emergency Department at the Royal Free Hospital.

Incredibly enough he’s also found time during training and now working as a junior doctor  to write ‘Making A Medic: The ultimate guide to medical school’.

The 318-page book positions itself as a comprehensive guide to everything medical students need to succeed such as how to study effectively (and still have time for fun), how to cope with stress and information overload and how to get the most out of clinical placements.

Packed full of cartoons, anecdotes and practical tips, David says the content is designed to help students, whether they are in their first or final year.

Before going to medical school David worked as a science and medical journalist, most recently as clinical news editor of Australian Doctor in Sydney. David originally studied neuroscience at the University of Bristol and followed this with a masters in Science Communication at Imperial College London.

David said: “Writing comes quite easily to me but a lot of time and a mammoth effort has gone into this book. It meant giving up quite a lot of weekends and working on it after the children had gone to bed. I’m lucky I had a very supportive wife.

“I’d started thinking about it in my third year of four years at medical school as I saw a gap for it. A few people have asked if I’m thinking about doing something about surviving foundation years training but with a three-month-old that’s not happening!”

David’s next rotation is urology and he then plans to move into general practice.

David added: “I’m not going to make my fortune from this book – it really was a labour of love! I just hope current and future medical students enjoy my cartoons and gain some really useful tips and insight along the way.” 

Making A Medic by David Brill is published by Scion Publishing, priced £15.99. To order your copy go here