This is my first post as a contributor to the Valuemed blog. I am a mature student about to embark on a pre-medical course, hoping for entry to medical school in 2013. I have always been in awe of the ability doctors have to diagnose and treat patients. Being brought up in a family with a history of depression and autistic spectrum disorders was challenging, but it made me appreciate how illnesses can affect patients in different ways. I’ve always made it my aim to try and change the lives of people suffering, because I can understand how difficult it is for themselves and their loved ones.
I have experience of working with a wide range of people in different settings – I am a keen volunteer. I’ve previously been a trustee for a youth organisation, and I’ve more recently become involved with St John Ambulance and King’s College Hospital. In addition, I have undertaken clinical placements at the National Society for Epilepsy and at the Ophthalmology department of Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
The branches of medicine that interest me and will feature in my future posts, alongside current medical news and my experiences as an applicant, include neurology, psychiatry, infectious diseases, preventative medicine and medical genetics. I am hoping that my posts will inform, engage and perhaps inspire, as I set out to expand my knowledge of such a dynamic field.
Until next time,