21 Jan The Immersive Work Experience with InvestIN Education
My Journey on the Young Doctor Programme
Written by Lily-Ann -Year 8 student
Today, I am going to tell you about my experience participating in the virtual Young Doctors Programme which took place on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th of December 2020 and hosted by InvestIN Education. The two- day session ran from 10:00 am to 4:00pm with about three refreshment breaks. It was of course delivered as a “virtual event” due to COVID-19.
To begin with, I had to say my excitement was on for days leading to the D-Day of the project. I wanted to become a doctor when I grew older. With this opportunity I was about to find out about life as a doctor and the steps needed to get into medical school ( I will cover this later in the blog).
It was obvious that in these days most things are done online, and thanks to the advancement of technology, the outside world seems to be closer to us all. It was interesting to learn about the various jobs that medical doctors do and the Zoom meetings were attended by real and experienced doctors who told us about their jobs and what they entailed.
It was now time for a meeting with some psychiatrists. We watched a man who was suffering from Bipolar Disorder visit the Consultant so he could talk about his mental health and get some help. We also listened to a Trainee Psychiatrist talk about their training and what the job involved, the hours worked and the variety of mental health problems which many people suffer from.
We then went on to find out about GPs (General Practitioners) and learnt what their jobs involved (e.g. visiting sick people in their homes, referring patients to consultants in hospitals). For your information, in the U.K GPs treat all kinds of common medical conditions and refer patients to hospitals and other medical services for urgent and specialist treatment.
My favourite part of the Young Doctor’s Programme was hearing about the work of a surgeon. Surgeons have a “hands-on” job and work under a lot of pressure. Surgeons specialise in a variety of jobs including cardiology (heart) and neurosurgery (brain). We were given an insight into a day in the life of a surgeon and how they prioritise their daily work rotas by treating the most urgent cases first. Surgeons often have to make very difficult decisions in who to treat first and who not to treat yet.
The other main topic was how to get into a medical school. We were given information about the STAR approach (Situation, Task, Action, Result), BMAT (Biomedical Admissions Test) and UCAT (The University Clinical Aptitude Test) which are tests to get into Medical School. Interviewing techniques were also discussed.
In particular, we focused on MMIs (Multiple Mini Interviews). For a short period of time, you would go around 6 tables and demonstrate to the interview panel how you handle scenarios you would face as being a doctor. We were able to find out the most popular questions asked during Medical School Interviews, one of them was “Why do you want to become a Doctor?”. We were given tips by medical professionals on how to “Ace” an interview, to be well prepared and to take your time.
I really enjoyed being given the opportunity to participate in the Young Doctor Programme. Our SPECIAL THANKS to InvestIN Education and Miss Herold -Partner Development Manager – who have given me and the other lucky students these amazing work experience opportunities. We have been inspired and want to do well for our career paths later on in life.
Thank you for reading my blog.
“Gratitude is one of the least articulate of the emotions, especially when it is deep.” – Felix Frankfurter, American Supreme Court Justice