I was able to get a hospital work experience through the NHS website and it was my first exposure of the clinical setting. I thoroughly enjoyed the placement as it allowed me to see the work that takes place in a hospital environment. The full support of the doctors ensured I made the most of my time.
A team of doctors and my supervisor made sure that I made the most of my time there. They did this by allowing me to see different aspects of a clinical environment, this includes being on the wards, talking to patients and seeing surgery. Good first experience was achieved and would recommend to other students.
Plenty of guidance and support was provided by my supervisor. They made sure that at the end of every day that had a little brief session to talk about how my day went. They also attempted to make sure that every day I was learning something new and expanding on my constantly growing experience.
I was able to develop my personal professional skills. This was achieved by allowing me to talk to patients and this allowed me to develop my communication skills and teamwork skills were enhanced when I was working with other students to solve medical cases. I really enjoyed this as it helped me develop more as a person.
The work experience placement was very well structured and it was quite clear that they had been running this for a number of years. They always made sure that I was making the most of my time there by learning new skills and seeing the different aspects of working as a doctor. On the first day I was given a rough timetable of what I would be expecting to do and depending on what I want they always make sure this could be provided.
As I had expected the atmosphere was very hectic and very fast moving. Especially on the wards where people were very crowded and also could be very loud. In terms of the doctors they were very supportive and also helped me gain a lot of experience even in a tough environment so that I get a good flavour and perception of the work that they do and the atmosphere they have to adapt to.
The supervisor provided sessions with other students where we would go through medical cases and this allowed us to see how doctors diagnose medical conditions and formulate a management plan. It’s really fun to see the doctors put time and effort to help us broaden our knowledge and experience. It’s really appreciating to see the doctors put time and effort to help us broaden our knowledge and experience of the medical field.
Placement has definitely given me a good fast exposure to the medical field. It has allowed me to see the work that takes place here and I’m very looking forward to going further experience and develop on what I have already gained. I would definitely recommend this placement to other students who are looking to enter this profession.
I was able to see how I am in this profession the consultant was at the top of the ladder who would overlook his team which involve members of different healthcare professionals such as nurses. I really enjoyed being with the junior doctors who are very friendly and allowed me to follow them to see the work they do and I felt very much included at all times.
Displacement has definitely consolidated and strengthened my passion to becoming a doctor. It’s allowed me to see that the work in action, the highs and lows that the work brings. However, I really enjoyed the idea of diagnosing medical conditions and using knowledge to come up with a management plan this very much appeals to me.
In terms of cost and placement didn’t cost anything but I only had to pay for the bus fair and food and drink at the venue. Experience I have gained from this has made up for the cost and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the hospital and can’t wait to get enrolled on other placements.
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
29th June 2020