Investing time working for the NHS in a variety of environments has fuelled my appetite for medicine. These experiences informed me that medicine is a continuous endeavour, with many challenges, but also exposed me to resilient and empathetic doctors who have inspired me to pursue this demanding profession. This past year I have worked as a Theatre Support Worker in Poole Hospital Day/Main theatres. This provided a meaningful insight into working within the NHS and I saw firsthand the struggles it encounters daily, like frequent staff shortages and how this affects patients. I was impressed by surgeons’ composure as they operated in intense and complex circumstances.Observing anatomy I had only ever studied, in reality, was remarkable. In the recovery room, I spent time with nurses and anaesthetists taking observations where I recognised the altruistic qualities possessed by medical staff as they comforted vulnerable patients. Seeing this motivated me to implement this behaviour into my own practical work. Shadowing a GP in Norfolk challenged my misconceptions of primary care, showing its pivotal role in healthcare. I realised that GP’s see patients health as a whole entity as opposed to more specialised medical disciplines, as they are responsible for patients life-long care. The GP’s considerate approach with his patients emphasised how crucial developing a good rapport is, whilst home visits to the critically ill indicated how essential GP’s are to the wider community.
I volunteered in India with Hyderabad Cleft Society (HCS) in 2013. This led to an awareness of medicine within a developing country. Volunteering in an Orphanage, although at times distressing, was extremely rewarding. The doctors working for HCS were committed to rehabilitating these children through teamwork and organisation. I was overwhelmed by the compassion demonstrated by these doctors. Helping run a medical society at school developed my basic knowledge of different medical specialities and improved my interpersonal skills. In 2015, I became inspired by ‘Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)’; especially their work in the West Africa Ebola outbreak (2014). MSF articles explaining difficulties in combatting the disease influenced me into writing ‘Predicting the Next Viral Pandemic’, a dissertation. I discussed the dissemination and virulence of Ebola in rural and urban Africa, via improper barrier nursing. This furthered my perception of foreign healthcare, highlighting qualities necessary for emergency aid: courage and perseverance. As a doctor, time management and a healthy work-life balance is imperative. I enjoy netball and playing at university has taught me to perform well under pressure.
When I travelled through Asia in Summer 2016/2017, I was captivated by the variety of cultures I saw and this allowed me to learn more about my own ancestry. Whilst travelling, I experienced generosity like no other; I therefore aspire to show such kindness to others. As a Deputy Head Girl, I learnt key public speaking skills and organised an annual Christmas party for the elderly. Volunteering with Brownie girl guides, allowed me to communicate my skills to a younger generation, including first aid and cooking skills.
From my experiences, I understand that the discipline of medicine is mentally and physically arduous, however I want nothing more than to pursue a profession that is inherently good and amalgamates both my enthusiasm for science and my drive to help others.