Five things we learnt about the role of the doctor during work experience
Two prospective medical students write about their work experience in local hospitals
In this article, two prospective medical students share what they observed about the role of the doctor while on work experience placements in local hospitals. Nick did a 20 week placement on a urology ward, where he spent three hours a week assisting nurses at mealtimes and shadowing junior doctors for short periods of time. Tomisin shadowed a consultant paediatrician for a week in a hospital and she also sat in on various clinics.
Before I did work experience, I knew that being a doctor was hard work. But it isn’t until you’re on the job that you realise the intensity and volume of work entailed. This was particularly true of the junior doctor I shadowed. Her pager was constantly bleeping and the pile of requests—to take bloods and insert cannulas—seemed to grow during her shift. I witnessed another junior doctor being reduced to tears during one phone call with