A new guest blogger saying hello

Hey there! 🙂

I am a 17 year-old A-Level student, currently studying biology, chemistry, mathematics and religious studies. My A-Level choices strongly reflect my desire to study medicine at university, as I have always had a curiosity about what makes the human body work in the way which it does.

I have opted to write for this blog so that I am able to talk about such things which attract and excite me in the medical world and to also use as an aid for me to further understand what I learn within my A-Level studies.

In medicine, the field which interests me the most is cardiology; the study of the disorders and abnormalities of the heart, as well as cardiac surgery. The overall physiology of the heart is very interesting and I crave to learn much more about it! The heart is essentially what keeps the human body alive, beating at approximately 100, 000 times in a day. Despite the strenuous effort it is put under, this impeccable organ being approximately the size of a human fist, it does not tire and continues to pump hundreds of gallons of blood throughout the body per day.

Rather than adult cardiology, I am more appealed by paediatric cardiology. Most children who suffer from cardiac problems, are usually treated incredibly well by paediatricians and nurses and go onto lead perfectly normal lives. However, those who are too ill and too weak to battle on their own, it is their bravery and courage that I admire. When I did my work experience placement at the local hospital in the paediatrics department, there were a handful of patients suffering from both minor and major cardiac problems. Despite the challenges faced by both the staff and the patients, neither of them gave up. I witnessed the physical and psychological stresses faced by the doctors and children on a daily basis, and also the reward and satisfaction felt by both parties when the result was a success. During my time at the hospital, I learned the importance of a caring bedside manner, the ability to console the weak with kindness whilst remaining professional at all times, as well as the crucial role of empathy.

I have also done some other work experience in various care settings and hope to embark upon many more!