Hi guys, so today I finally finished my MOOC about ADHD and the struggles of the sufferers and the people around them. I learnt about comping mechanisms including rewards and medications such as adderall, home living and creating house rules and schedules, how teachers can cope with students with ADHD such as more frequent rewards and checkups and more.

I also learnt about the symptoms and diagnosis of ADHD and how it is not a definitive test due to relying on feedback from people other than the patient who experience their behaviour on a daily basis . There are three types of ADHD which I did not know before: type 1 which is inattentive, type 2 which is hyperactive and type 3 which is a combination of the both (and also the most common). Generally ADHD is overdiagnosed in boys and under diagnosed in girls.

I found the course really useful and informative as it taught me not only the struggles of the child with ADHD and the different types and symptoms, but also how it affects others which isn’t focused on as much as it should be.

I really enjoyed my time spent learning about this and I am excited to try out more! If you also want to try some MOOC’s this one is from coursera which has a lot of different courses to choose from.

The screen that I looked at to try keyhole surgery equipment
The completed threading using the keyhole surgery equipment
Used to measure my pulse and oxygen saturation
Image of my veins using infrared
Peak flow used to measure largest outtake of breath

    Hazmat suit used in contaminated area such as when the Ebola virus broke out
Picture of a femur bone and replacement hip joint
A machine used to take pictures of the capillaries in your cuticle
Stethoscope used to listen to heart rate

Medical mavericks


Hi guys, today I had some work experience with medical mavericks where I got to use loads of medical equipment including: infrared vein scanners, a prosthetic arm with veins to practice taking blood, key hole surgery equipment, reflex hammer, stethoscopes, flat ultrasound probe, curved ultrasound probe, pulse Doppler, spirometer, peak flow meter, iPhone retina scanner, blood pressure monitor, pulse oximeter, Doppler optical microangiography, external thermometer, as well as getting to try on a hazmat suit and “drunk goggles”

My favourite piece of equipment was the key hole surgery equipment as I found it really fascinating. I managed to thread the shoelace around the course that had been set up which many people could not complete which I was proud of.

When using the Ultrasound flat probe I found that I was still going to grow (even though I’m over 14) as the bones in my wrist, called the growth plate, had not fused fully together. I found this very interesting as I got to learn about the different uses for ultrasounds, not just for foetus scanning, such as to check the heart, liver, kidney, bladder and other tendons and muscles in the body as well as bone.

When I used the spirometer I found that you first get a result of the 1st second of your outtake of breath and then the amount after 6 seconds to get your lung age (I got 16 however you should get +/- 4 years of your real age). This measures your lung volume.

The iPhone retina scans allowed me to see the blood vessels, optic disc and the retina of someone’s eye which was really fascinating to me because of how advanced the technology is to see the inside of someone’s eye from a phone.

I also really enjoyed taking blood from the prosthetic arm. I had to find where the vein was and then insert the needle a few millimetres to reach the vein. I then had to pull the syringe to get blood out which I achieved first time however, if only air comes out you must never inject the air back in because if the blood in the vein comes in contact with air it will begin to clot which could cause issues such as strokes and heart attacks.

I found today really informative and I really enjoyed this work experience. I will be posting some pictures from my day and I hope to continue to do medicine in the future as this practical work has made me realise just how much I love medicine.

Organising work experience


Hi guys, sorry I haven’t been active recently I’ve been quite busy over Christmas, especially trying to organise work experience. Doctors and hospitals are always busy so I’m finding it difficult to stay in contact with lots of them so if any one has advice please let me know ! I haven’t organised for some work experience soon that my school is allowing me a week off for which is good but I am hoping to find more.

Time is getting closer to deadlines for medical schools and application processes so I’m ensuing I’m keeping up to date on the timetable for applications given to me at medlink which has been really useful for me (while also focusing on work for my mid year exams in February).

I hope you all have had a great holiday and are staying on track to becoming a doctor and achieving your goals!

Live surgeries


Hi, today I was on YouTube when I came across a channel called ‘Brainbook’. I found it really useful to watch as the creator not only makes videos about medical school and the life as a doctor and surgeon, but also showed live surgeries including “external ventricular drain insertion” which I found really interesting to watch. I have seen a few videos prior to this of live surgeries however I have never seen neurosurgery so it was very different for me.

This channel was really useful to find as it showed me other sides of medicine that I had not considered pursuing before which could really help with my decision into which field of medicine I want to be in in the future.

I highly recommend this channel to other students looking to do medicine as I found it really useful and extremely interesting to watch the surgeries (I also recommend Buck Parker and Doctor Mike as they also show the practical sides of medicine within the field and skills that doctors and surgeons must acquire)

EDIT: Just as I posted this ‘Brainbook’ liked and replied to one of my comments asking for a video about how he got to where he is including medical school, work experience and more saying he would do, how cool!

Medlink conference


Hi, today I visited Medlink at Nottingham University which was really useful for me as I got to see many different University options and I got to learn more about the application process for medical students through a number of seminars and university held stands.  I even got to talk to current students which I found extremely helpful as I got a first hand account of what school can be like rather than just reading booklets about the school itself and not getting to know it’s environment. 

I really found they day useful and I got to make connections with other professionals that may help me in the future if I want advice or help with something which is also very useful and I’m sure I will require their help in the future.

This allowed me to really think about what I want to do in the future and which side of medicine I want to go into. I have been doing further research into different sides of medicine in order to aid me in my choices for university courses.

Hopefully another experience like this will arise again for me to use do you it having such an impact on the way I look at universities in the future.