Hello, I'm Jessica!
My name is Jessica O'Logbon and I am currently a medical student at King's College London.
In 2016, I was unsuccessful in all of my applications to medical school. As one of the only students in my Sixth Form (and the first in my family) attempting to study Medicine, I had to navigate the process largely by myself - a reality for many aspiring medics. I lacked the knowledge, preparation, and guidance for the medical school application. So, after receiving all 4 rejections, I decided to take a gap year to apply again.
During that year, I worked on making my new application the best it could be. I got a job as an NHS healthcare assistant then undertook a clinical placement abroad. I eventually received 3 unconditional offers from my chosen medical schools. By sharing my journey on social media platforms, I have tried to inspire other students who have also been unsuccessful to try again!
Throughout my time at university, I have been a champion for widening participation and supporting young people to pursue their ambitions, regardless of their socioeconomic background, race, or gender. I continue to combine my love of medicine and outreach through my volunteering and mentoring positions within university and beyond, in order to positively influence the next generation. You can find out more about my achievements and the projects I have been involved in below.
I launched Progress with Jess as a platform dedicated to helping prospective and current medical students be the best versions of themselves. My blog provides an insight into life as a medical student and how to thrive at medical school as well as tips and advice for the application process.
If you would like more information, do not hesitate to get in touch.
Projects & Achievements
O'Logbon J., Crook M., Steed D., et al. (2021) Ethnicity influences total serum vitamin B12 concentration: a study of Black, Asian and White patients in a primary care setting. J Clin Path, Published Online First: 05 May 2021. http://doi.org/10.1136/jclinpath-2021-207519
O'Logbon J. (2020) What can surgery learn from other high-performance disciplines?, Annals of Med & Surg, v55, pp 334-337. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amsu.2020.04.007