Thursday, 29 September 2011

Cutting Edge Career... An Introduction to Surgery

Yesterday (28th Sept 2011), I went on a trip to the Royal College of Surgeons Of England in West London (I think). It was a day for yr12s like me to discover more about the medical profession especially surgery.

The day started off with a talk about how to get into medical school ie, what to do, how to make your personal statement stand out, entrance exams etc. A surgeon gave us a talk about life as a surgeon even showing us some clips of surgery taking place, which was really fascinating!

Since I was placed in group 1, we learnt how to suture on a rubber arm, meh my stitches were a bit dodgy but with a bit of practice it would be fine! We worked with a lovely medical student who was at UCL in her final year.

We had a lunch break (yum!!) then we had a question/answer session with 6 medical students! I really loved their answers, I aspire to be a medical student talking to year 12 saying how I was in their position, I'd love to do that! There was actually one student (well, technically doctor) who went to Cambridge for the first three years then to Oxford for the last three, which is beyond amazing! It makes me want to apply to Cambridge. I've always had it in the back of my mind but I don't have the confidence to do it!

Then at the end of the day, we had a tour of the Hunterian Museum, which was really good! So many interesting artefacts there, so making a plan of going there again (possibly during half term) to spend a bit of time there, going over the artefacts and watching the videos of surgery. It might be my second favourite place after the 4th floor at the Science Museum at Kensington! We also had to do an evaluation about how we felt about the day - even got a free pen! Wooo!

It was really amazing day overall, it inspired me to work even harder in school. I'm even more determined to make it. Nothing can stop me.

Friday, 23 September 2011

23rd Sept 2011

Right, so far:

  • Emailed around for some work experience. 
  • Writing a letter asking for work experience.
  • Signed up for some medical lectures taking place at Kings College London (My future med school, hopefully *crosses fingers*
  • I've read the "Getting into medical school 2011 entry" book, I'll read it again, highlighting the good advice parts.
  • Got a trip next Wednesday to the Hunterian (?) Museum, there's a special medical day going on.
I feel like I actually have a chance to get into medicine! Yayyyyy!
I just need to get my head down and get the best grades (and good predictions) too!
There's an enrichment fair on Tuesday, we get to choose some extra-curricular activities ! So looking forward to that. I saw the price for the New Scientist (£3.50) so hopefully I'll be buying that like fortnightly although it comes out weekly. Argh it'll pain me man. I love reading the New Scientist, I got hooked after I used to read some interesting articles in my year 11 science class. I think doing triple science made me passionate about science.

I'm not sure if I'll be writing here regularly because of school and stuff. But I'll try too, because I think its easier for me to just go back and remember!

Thursday, 8 September 2011

An Introduction...

My name is Satta and I'm currently (well just started) year 12.

This blog is too record all the work experience, voluntary work etc I've done to progress into medicine.
So its easier to remember for when I apply next year.
Hopefully, by the end of the two years, I would be a successful medic fresher! *2013*
I'm currently taking AS Biology, AS Chemistry, AS Maths, AS Further Maths and also AS RS. (I'm only taking Further Maths for a year as it is not necessary for medicine)
I'll also be writing about any interesting science-y or health stuff l've seen lately, or just plainly about the NHS.
I'm using this blog as a medium to display my love of all things science and medical!
I now proclaim this blog open!