To further my insight into the medical field I participated in a work shadowing week at a GP surgery.
I gained a valuable understanding of the workings of the surgery, with opportunities to observe and speak to the doctors regarding a medical career.
I spent the most time with the haematology team, responsible for patients with diseases such as Chronic Myelogenous Leukaemia (CML), haematology being one of my interests it was captivating that I could see the specialty from a more complex side than the AS biology course.
For example I was able to understand how the level of platelets affects blood clotting.
I arranged another placement week myself at a local hospital, which was a superb opportunity to observe medicine from another point of view.
I observed the ward rounds, an MRI scan, a skin biopsy and an endosocpy clinic all which I found interesting.All my experience has made me more determined to accomplish my ambition to be a doctor.My love of science and aspiration for a medical career is reflected in my A-Level choices where good time management, self motivated study skills and ability to cope with stress and pressure are essential.My accuracy, attention to detail and natural ability to solve problems has been developed through studying Physics and Maths.Reliable observational skills and experimental technique has been developed through during practical work in Chemistry, Physics and Biology.Throughout the week I expanded my confidence and communication skills through speaking to patients and doctors.Although I enjoyed the week it was at times extremely heart-rending, I was able to get close to many of the terminally ill patients helping and caring for them where I could, getting them tea or just talking and empathising with them to build their spirits.To relax, I enjoy sports including football, and cricket for which I was captain of the school team and my local team for the past 3 years improving my leadership skills.I also recently rekindled my childhood passion for golf, another pastime I enjoy even if it is a little expensive!I am a self motivated, determined individual and I look forward to the social and academic challenges of university.I am aware of the demands of a medical career but my commitment and desire to become a doctor has only been strengthened through my experience and work in a voluntary capacity.