Anas has a dream to become a Plastic Surgeon. In order to help him achieve his goal, our Careers Manager has pulled out all the stops and arranged an amazing placement for him with a Consultant Gastroenterologist at the Royal Liverpool Hospital. Anas was so excited when he found out. Last week he commenced his placement. Here’s what he had to say after his first day.
I arrived at Main reception and was directed to the Education Centre. Once there, I was given an ID badge which all staff must wear. I was then taken on a tour of the hospital. They showed me each department and told me what each one specialises in treating.
Next I was introduced to the consultancy team I will be working with, consisting of the Consultant, one qualified doctor and 5 final year medical students. I had to pinch myself because I cannot believe how lucky I have been to get this placement.
We were directed to put on rubber gloves and aprons and then went on ward rounds. At each bed, the Doctor would ask the patient to describe their symptoms and the year 5 students had to research the symptoms and provide the doctor with a diagnosis and treatment plan. It was fascinating to observe.
After lunch we were taken to a conference room and a number of doctors presented to us. Each one told us all about the specialist research they are doing in the field of Gastroenterology. It was so interesting.
For the last session of the day, I went to G clinic and observed a female doctor who specialises in treating the bowel. She was running an outpatient clinic for patients who are having ongoing treatment for bowel problems. I observed her meeting with outpatients and discussing how their treatment could be fine-tuned for better results. After she saw each patient, she recorded the information received and her treatment plans on a voice recorder which was then sent to medical secretaries.
What an amazing, action packed, first day! I was exhausted by the end of it but I still can’t wait for next week!
A huge thank you to the staff at the Royal Liverpool hospital who are inspiring Anas so much!