23/5/20

Hi guys,

This would have been the end of my work experience week which is quite sad however I am managing to participate in multiple virtual work experience courses which is new for me! I am currently taking part in a course that i am able to follow at my own pace however during June/July I am also having another virtual work experience course as I had applied for real life work experience there and had managed to gain a place however it’s now being made virtual due to coronavirus ( I talk more about this on my post from 24/4/20).

I am hoping these will give me the experience I need as well as teaching me more about the NHS as a whole. During this time I am also hoping to rearrange my work experience for a better suited time in the future. I am also looking for voluntary work in hospitals currently as I know this is a time where much help is needed so I can help out with smaller jobs within the hospital to take the workload off of key workers as well as to gain experience of hospital life.

I have started to write my personal statement and research universities in more depth hoping to narrow down my final 5 courses which has been quite stressful but I know that I will make the right choices for myself. I am continuing on with my EPQ and school work at home which is difficult but I am grasping the concepts more easily now as I am finding better ways to work from home.

I have been doing a small part time job at home helping my dad talk to clients and to plan out their ideas in the most effective way possible. Although I am helping him do flooring for clients houses I believe that the skills I am learning are very transferable to any job as great communication and problem solving are key skills for anyone, especially for people within the medical field.

I am trying to gain as much experience despite the situation at hand so if anyone has any advice or ideas for me please let me know! I hope you’re all safe and healthy and I hope to hear from you soon

18/5/20

Hi guys, I was meant to be doing my work experience today ( 🙁 ) but I know that what we are doing now is more important than that.

I wanted to just update you all and talk about my school work. I decided to join EPQ because even though it’s a lot of work hopefully i can complete it to help me with studies outside of school as what i’m researching i find interesting so hopefully it won’t be too difficult. I have decided mine is going to be about cosmetic surgery within the NHS as I am interested in going into this field in the future so i am hoping it will help me learn more about the profession as well as the ethics and laws behind it too.

I have read a few books already as well as watched a few videos (mainly on youtube as well as others mentioned earlier in my blog. I am currently reading “Medical Ethics” by Robert Snedden, “Cosmetic Surgery” by Kaye Stearman and “Cosmetic Surgery” by Andrew Campbell. Although they are all covering very similar ideas, each book has information specific to that book so i can find facts i wouldn’t have otherwise known which is useful.

Hopefully i’ll be able to cope with the workload of the EPQ and manage to complete it!

Stay safe and I hope to hear from some of you 🙂

24/4/20

Hi guys, as I mentioned in my previous post I’ll be talking about my work experience. As you would all probably assume mine has been cancelled. Finding work experience in medicine is extremely difficult especially if you are not over 18 and don’t have friends/family who are already in medicine (like myself). Before I start the best advice I could give is to ask around, call and email hospitals and explain why you would want work experience there and if it is possible to. Some friends may have connections that could help you so speak to them and see if they can help. Nursing homes and pharmacies are really good for work experience as you get to meet people that require help and it allows an insight into the life of medicine. I asked a lot of these and although some may say no, they may also direct you to places that can help you find the right work experience for you.

When I first began looking for work experience quite a few months ago where I managed to get a placement with a Paediatric surgeon in London which was really exciting as I would be able to see some live surgeries and spend a week helping around the hospital . A few weeks later there were some troubles due to me being under 18 so the Doctor was trying to find a way to allow me to hell there or to move my work experience to a date after I turn 18.

After this I had to look for other work experience and I managed to get a placement at a hospital near me in the blood cancer unit which was interesting as I had been learning about some of this in my biology class at school so it felt like it would help with my studies as well as to allow me to see different sides of medicine. This was planned to take place but now cannot due to coronavirus which is a shame however I am hoping to reorganise for a later date.

During this time I had also applied to a work experience week at a medical school where they are able to do placements for students to see hospitals in surgery and medical wards which really excited me. I found out just a week ago that I had managed to impress them enough to gain a place. This however has also been cancelled due to coronavirus which I am upset about however I am also hoping to rearrange this week to to experience life in the hospital. Very kindly the company are still doing a virtual week of meetings for the 25 successful applicants (including myself) to talk about medicine which I am looking forward to.

I am hoping that my work experience can still take place as i was looking greatly forward to them but for the meantime i’ll just have to wait as I know that the safety of the public is a much greater concern right now.

I hope you’re all safe and well and if you want to talk to me about how you’ve dealt with work experience feel free to message me! 🙂

Covid-19

24/4/20

Hi guys, it’s been a while since i’ve posted on here as i’ve been focused on other things. It’s been hard to keep up with everything during these times as i’ve been trying to live my life as close to normal as possible. I’m doing my school work at home which is different but it’s could be worse. My teachers are all very supportive which I’m very glad about however there is quite a large work load that i’ll have to get used to.

A lot of things have gone off plan from driving lessons and hobbies to EPQ and work experience (which i’ll talk more about in another post). I’m just wondering how everyone is coping and hopefully you’re all safe and healthy and I wish you all the best.

How have you all been spending time in quarantine? I’ve started reading more which is good and I even have some books from my school library from before I left that I was going to use for my EPQ but that’s been cancelled so for now they’re wider reading for me.

Hopefully we’ll be back at school soon and exams and courses will change fairly for us.

30/1/20

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

20/1/20

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.