Since my last blog, I have started doing more work experience and volunteering to aid in the success of the journey I am taking. I want to commit a lot of my time in exploring the life style of doctors and medical students and their everyday roles and jobs, also volunteering to help the community I’m living in. I find that a doctors role is very important as it does not consist of one aspect, in fact many different responsibilities combined creating the Doctors role.
I luckily managed to get work experience at a GP (surgery), I find this very interesting as although it’s not the typical hospital setting, I get to not only view the practical work of the Doctors and their work places but also all the theory work. I have managed to work with a great team of doctors, nurses and receptionists in the past weeks and had first hand experiences with dealing with patients, clients and carers. Through getting work experience at this GP I have managed to understand the ‘confidentiality’ aspect of working and the importance of the patients well being; also being caring and attentively listening to them. Not only have I just dealt with the public patients but also seen and sorted medical records (Lloyd George records), blood forms, prescriptions and appointments. Interestingly I found out that Lloyd George records have that name as they were created when Lloyd George introduced the Health organisation for workers. I would like to go further with my work experience here and see the Doctors in action more- however with the case of confidentiality it will be hard. I’m hoping to find another GP to gain experience at and view the difference in work places and then go further and compare this with the hospital atmosphere.
As well as work experience, I have had the brilliant chance to work along side kids with disabilities. I volunteer at a youth club for disabled children on Wednesday evenings, this is one of the most interesting experiences I have had so far on this journey. I have been so interested in volunteering there, that I am hoping to do some further studies in their disabilities in the year ahead. I enjoy working with a range of different people and to be fairly honest have found, despite their disabilities, are bright and focussed on what occurs around them- different to the belief of many people. I would recommend this kind of volunteering to everyone, especially us students wishing to study Medicine in the upcoming years! In the next couple of weeks I will be starting my volunteering at a care home for elderly citizens. I will be interested to see the contrast between the two of these places, and the similarities between them.
I am only at the start of my work experience and volunteering, there is still a long way to go! I would love to have contact with any current medical students and aspiring Doctors to discover more on how to successfully reach university. It would be much appreciated if anyone could get in contact with me and let me know more. Also the exchange of ideas would be great.. as aspiring Doctors we should inspire and help each other out, therefore if anyone wants someone to discuss issues and topics, feel free to contact me!