Connecting medical professionals with students from a wide variety of backgrounds is fundamental to my work at DreamSmartTutors. One of my main goals is to educate students about the realities of life as a doctor- the good, the bad and the ugly. I have encountered students from all over the globe and they all have one thing in common- they know very little about the profession itself which includes the realities of working as a doctor. Therefore, in order for students to be fully equipped to make such a life changing decision as selecting medicine as a career, they need to meet doctors not only within a clinical setting but outside of one too. Then they will truly appreciate and understand the unique nature of a medical career.
Our Summer Series of Four Career Taster Days
In partnership with Premed Projects I delivered four careers days over the summer months of June, July and August. The courses encompassed talks from doctors across a number of specialties (see below for the full list). Doctors traveled from across the UK and across the globe as did our students. Students from Korea, Dubai, the USA, the West Indies (and more) were all keen to know more about the working life of a doctor. They were also exposed to the (UK) career path of a doctor and spoke to trainees across a number of training programmes. We also included a 'clinical' session delivered by myself where students were exposed to real life clinical scenarios.
The list of specialties covered during the courses:
- Obstetrics and gynaecology
- Palliative medicine
- General Practice
- Emergency medicine
- Occupational health
- Pharmaceutical medicine
- Academic medicine
- Surgical Oncology
How can we make a difference as doctors?
A lot can be said about the current status of the NHS but there are many doctors including myself who still enjoy working as a doctor and have many plans for the future. It is important to remember why we first selected medicine- why were we drawn to such a unique and diverse career? Why did we dedicate all those years to the profession?
Despite my many frustrations about the NHS and the training programmes I know that I can still make a difference within and outside of my clinical work. Making a difference to the lives of others was one of the reasons I chose medicine as my career. All the doctors on my 'careers days' are passionate about medicine and it is this passion that is conveyed to the students through their life stories and experiences.
No journey is easy and the journey to a medical career is no exception. Being a doctor requires many sacrifices to be made along the way and therefore the choice to study medicine and work as a doctor should not be taken lightly. DreamSmartTutors is here to allow students to make informed decisions by presenting as much information as possible about all aspects of the career.
As doctors we can be role models to students who want to be like us. Encouraging and supporting the next generation of doctors is equally fundamental to our role as doctors as is helping the patients in our care.