Medicine Personal Statement
I survived. Born 6 weeks premature, if it wasn't for medicine, I may not have lived.
From the earliest stages I have had a fascination with the sciences and my first 'Encyclopaedia of Science' incited an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and understanding of these subjects.
Some bad advice at the age of 17 persuaded me to study for a law degree. My enthusiasm for this subject gradually diminished and a return to a science orientated degree was what I desired. As an Undergraduate of Biomedical Science, I now believe I have a formidable platform upon which I can move on to pursue a medical career. I want a career that is dynamic and centered on a strong scientific background, which can be applied whilst interacting with patients in a clinical surrounding on a daily basis.
In order to explore my fascination with medicine I have undertaken varied and relevant work experience, in both a hospital and a care home. Whilst working at the Royal Blackburn Hospital, I had the opportunity to shadow current medical students, where I learn't various procedures such as catheter and cannula insertion, in addition to playing an active role in practical demonstrations using SimMan. Shadowing junior doctors on the Gastroenterology Ward allowed me to begin to understand the structure of a hospital. I was able to appreciate the high level of teamwork required between the consultant and other healthcare professionals. This ensured the treatment given to patients was both efficient and effective.
I was privileged to have the opportunity to interact on a one to one basis with patients, which enabled me to tailor my communication skills to suit the patient and their situation. My time in hospital concluded with a presentation, which I presented to the junior doctors and a consultant regarding my experience, which further enhanced my communication skills. I gained great admiration for the consultant, who was able to instill belief and reassurance within his patients, even in the most extreme circumstances.
Equally, my time spent at Viewfield Care Home allowed me to converse with patients on a regular basis, whilst developing my nursing skills. Both these experiences gave me an extensive insight into the fundamental characteristics which a doctor must possess, namely being caring, competent and approachable at all times, all of which I believe are key qualities of my personality. Reflecting upon these experiences has reinforced my desire to pursue a career in medicine, for which I now have resolute determination.
Beyond the academic field I have participated in a number of activities, which have developed skills I believe will aid my development in a medical degree. Sport has always had an educational influence in my life. In particular, I have played ice hockey at a competitive level since the age of fifteen, where I was captain of the Blackburn Ice Hawks, and more recently where I have acted as a Player/Coach for Newcastle University Ice Hockey Club.
These experiences have vastly improved my leadership skills, my ability to work effectively as part of a team as well as providing me with a deep sense of satisfaction when helping others to achieve their goals. In addition, during my education and work experience I have commanded various positions of responsibility.
Last year I was assigned the position of Deputy Head of Security at the Students' Union. At school I was entrusted with being a Prefect and House Captain. Clearly, time management and organisation has always been a necessity for me as it has been essential in order to incorporate my studies, sporting commitments and part time work.
I believe I possess a suitable personality to undertake the demands of being a medical student and doctor, as I thrive in challenging situations, both mental and physical, while at all times remaining competent and demonstrating both empathy and integrity.