Five consecutive days of churning all over the Neurosurgery department has provided me a real insight into the medical world. Realising that doctors are built with exceptional skills to deliver valuable patient care. Understanding that these skills are not only built hypothetically but also learnt over the time from your and your colleague’s lapses which is crucial. Believing that the most difficult task in your entire journey is being a passionate doctor wherein being calm and patient is key, rather than just getting into a medical school. No surprise why it takes 5 years to be one, knowing the knowledge about the body is just not enough but building a personality is vital.
The day began with a meeting around 9:30am including the Neurosurgeon on call, the Neurosurgery Registrar, Physiotherapists, nurses, Junior doctors and F1/F2 students, organizing, planning, updating, and assigning tasks related to every patient. After which the team moves for ward rounds examining patients’ recovery. Majority ward rounds are done by the Neurosurgery Registrar and their respective junior doctors. All the different systems such as Microbiology, Physiotherapy, Endocrine department, Gastro team, Pain Management team, Nutrients and many more, work together under the same arena for patients depicting good co-ordination which is significant. Medical ethics were followed throughout as an involuntary action.
Over the week I captured how doctors work as a team to ensure that every patient is delivered with appropriate medication. Precise communication plays an essential role in this profession. While preparing detailed documentation and planning actions, correct use of vocabulary and fact wise precision while explaining your opinion and observation can save tonnes of energy and avoid delays. Physical fitness, robust stomach and a good memory is important to digest the constant flow of new patient histories, opinions, and feelings.
One of the best parts of my experience was exposure to the operation theater where I could meet up with a team of surgeons deployed for a major brain tumor surgery. The combination of different specialists such as Anesthetics, Neurosurgeons, Cardiac Surgeons, and many more for a single operation was amazing. Every surgeon’s role is equally crucial for successful operation. Carefully listening through their instructions and planning for the surgery, I congregated that every doctor takes responsibility and executes their part of work, assuring accuracy. Analyzing brain scans and proceeding according to specifications is vital.
Lucky me, as I got to attend the Junior doctor’s induction which occurs once every year. Nervous yet enthusiastic doctors, waiting to begin their journey. They were reminded through their duty and were given a brief insight over how they should carry themselves as a doctor- being calm, intelligent, efficient, and caring.
Lastly, over the pandemic I was fortunate enough to gain a fruitful experience as an A level student. These unforgettable days will always be cherished as lifelong memories and have definitely given me a positive approach for perusing medicine.