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.

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