How did the Medical Sciences course help you succeed in your career?
I may not have ever been able to become a doctor if it wasn’t for this route. Medical Sciences at USW was the perfect preparation for life as a doctor. It was just as intense as a medical degree but the support and personalised feel made it a more enjoyable experience.
In hindsight, the course also provided me with in-depth knowledge of areas that aren't covered on a medical degree, such as tropical medicine and immunology, which made life much easier for me later on.
What is a typical day for a doctor?
Wow, the hardest question! No day is the same. When in a hospital post, you could be working any number of different types of shifts such as 8-4, 9-5, twilight shifts or nights. Your role may be to cover the wards, admissions, A&E, or covering it all!
At the moment, I spend my days in General Practice which is more structured in terms of shifts but I see so many different patients with huge variation in presentations - it keeps me on my toes!
It is not always as glamorous as the TV programmes make out. Often your day is spent conducting routine but essential tasks. Chasing bloods, ordering scans and writing medication charts form a large part of the day, especially as a junior doctor. That said, being a doctor is the most exciting, manic, scary, satisfying job imaginable.
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