This term, I have been volunteering once a week at the biology “Goafers” after-school club. I help to teach younger students the scientific process, and how to organise and carry out experiments. This is good fun, and I have discovered that I quite enjoy teaching others; I believe that my communication skills and patience have… Continue reading Biology Club (September 2015)
Although I didn’t go to results day at school because I was preparing for my UKCAT the next day (in which I got 2750), I soon discovered that I had won 4 As (Chemistry, Biology, History and English) and an A* in my EPQ; a very busy year paid off!
I was able to arrange two days of work experience with Boundaries Surgery at Four Marks in Hampshire. In my time there, I shadowed Dr Liz Hughes, Dr Kate Smeaton, Dr Phil West, and Nurse Hazel Cox. General practice is by no means the sedentary job that it is sometimes portrayed to be. I noted… Continue reading General Practice Work Experience at Boundaries Surgery, Four Marks (7th and 9th July 2015)
Out of pure serendipity, I came in contact with an acquaintance who works at a London teaching hospital HIV clinic. After we had exchanged a few emails in which I stressed my enthusiasm for medicine, she kindly invited me to have a day of work experience with her. During the day, we saw fifteen African patients, twelve of… Continue reading HIV Clinic Work Experience in a London Teaching Hospital (6th July 2015) (Names removed for reasons of confidentiality)
In June this year those of us looking to apply for medical or veterinary courses at university were offered the opportunity to make presentations to the class on the medical application of chemistry, and I decided to do one on anaesthesia. I was interested by how we are not exactly sure how general anaesthetics work,… Continue reading Chemistry Presentation on Anaesthetics (18th June 2015)
Earlier this year, I was very kindly offered some work experience by an eminent ENT surgeon, Mr Peter Rhys-Evans, who works at the Royal Marsden in London. From this, I learnt much about the anatomy of the neck and development of cancer, in addition to the non-scientific skills required for medicine, such as communication and… Continue reading Royal Marsden Work Experience (31st March and 1st April, 8th and 9th July, 6th August 2015)
Last year at school, there was a mock election, with sixth form students campaigning for political parties, which were then voted for by the whole school. In order to have a bit of fun and improve my public-speaking skills, I decided to set up the UKIP campaign (not because of my political views). Having recruited… Continue reading Mock Election (April 2015)