The ultimate junior doctor
Riaz Agha is 26 and graduated from medical school last August. He is a foundation year one house officer, but unlike most of his peers, he has already written more than 10 scientific papers, won more than 20 prizes, founded an international peer reviewed journal, and been included in the 2006's Who's Who. David King finds out more
Medicine was the only career that combined all the subjects I loved, and I also wanted a job where I would be working with people. I nearly didn't get into medical school. The first time I applied I didn't even get an interview, let alone any offers. I therefore took a gap year and worked at Harrods for a year as a sales associate. Looking back, this was one of the best things that could have happened to me. I learnt far more about communicating with people than from any communication skills session at university. Fortunately, I managed to secure four A grades at A level, and the second time I applied to medical school I received an unconditional offer from Guy's, King's, and St Thomas' School of Medicine. I took up my place there in 1999 and haven't looked back since.
To work in the most competitive specialties, successful