The NHS are going through an extremely challenging time and doctors are facing immense challenges with coping with the pressures of working within the NHS. However, even with these difficulties, I have seen the great work that doctors deliver first hand, watching my grandma receive such amazing care during the final years of her life from the NHS, it has motivated me to become a doctor. Having the ability to change lives with the care I provide, whilst doing something I love in studying and pursuing science is why I want to be a doctor. I have seen the commitment and dedication needed to be a doctor, seeing the work that my family members who are working in the medical profession go through on a day to day basis and I believe I am ready to engage in this as I will be doing something that I have a real passion for.
Going through GCSEs and A-Levels, I have been able to understand and educate myself on the specifics of the brain and human body. The inner working of our bodies fascinates me and made me explore it even further. I have read many books on topics surrounding medicine and patient care, one in particular, ‘The Other Side’ was particularly fascinating. It showed me the importance that the interpersonal skills shown by doctors have on patients and how important it is to not only apply your medical knowledge but to also treat patients as an individual and personalise your care towards them. Tailoring my care to each patient and treating them individually, is something which I aspire to do in my practice as a doctor and is something which I know I would do with a sense of genuine care. Medical ethics and mental health have become an interesting part of my studies at school and I am actively involved with ethical issues as a result. I am one of the team leaders for the school team which works closely with the ‘time to change’ organisation to help raise awareness of mental health discrimination within the school. Through this I have been able to hold many events focusing on how important it is to treat each person respectfully and in a way that I would want to be treated myself, no matter what the situation is.
I have been able to gain an invaluable insight into the field of medicine by undertaking a huge range of work experience in the medical field. I have undertaken work experience at large tertiary hospitals, including working with neurology and cardiothoracic teams to gain an insight into the medical profession. Through this I realized that medical education is ongoing in a clinician’s career and I was introduced to the importance of medical research while on the wards and in theatres. The consultants were discussing current research into the use of dual antiplatelet therapy with aspirin and clopidogrel against aspirin alone in stroke prophylaxis, following a cerebrovascular event. This prompted me to look into it further and I was fascinated to learn about the revival of aspirin as an important agent in cardiovascular disease, following years of primary use as an analgesic.
Having witnessed the work of doctors, nurses, occupational therapists and physiotherapists I realised the significance of multidisciplinary collaboration between medical staff, in the care of patients both during their time at hospitals but also in teaching them how to manage their condition whilst at home. Having also spent time in a primary care settings, I witnessed the importance of giving information to patients in a way which empowers them to take control of their condition and saw how being able to build a rapport with patients is hugely important. It not only allows for better compliance of medication and successful treatment of patient’s conditions, but also allows for patients to feel more empowered in taking control of their condition.
I am someone who is always wanting to develop their skills in being able to work with others, which is something I know I will have to do on day to day basis as a doctor. I have completed many activities, taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. This includes volunteering for local charities, going on residential trips and volunteering at a home for the elderly. Doing these activities has allowed me to develop both my empathy and communication skills, which I know are essential qualities that doctors must have.
In my spare time I enjoy playing sports and spending time with my friends and family. I am a senior coach for a local sports organization where I lead sports session in tennis and badminton. Being able to do this has allowed me to develop invaluable skills such as leadership and team-working skills. I have continued to develop my interpersonal skills through different roles at school. Being a librarian, prefect and peer counsellor has required me to work with students and explain solutions to their problems.
I am an individual who is devoted to learning and developing myself. My desire to help others and dedication to the medical profession are all qualities I believe will enable me to achieve my goal of becoming a doctor.
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