What has it been like working on the front line during a pandemic?
It was pretty harrowing. I’m sure others had it worse, and can describe the experience more eloquently, but I worked on a Covid ward for 2 months, and also ended up covering the Covid HDU on a few nights due to staff shortages.
To be completely honest, from a medical point of view it was very easy, and very boring. Oxygen, dexamethasone, remdesivir, HDU. But from a psychological point of view, it got very difficult, very quickly, particularly when the HDU / ITU beds were completely full and we were reaching the maximum of what we could offer on a ward. This led to patients being palliated and dying on the wards, with us unable to help them. It was an experience I don’t look back on fondly, I’ll never forget.
What is your favourite memory of your time at BSMS?
I have so many! It’s difficult to look past our graduation ceremony. Despite Covid throwing a spanner in the works and meaning we missed our elective and graduation ball, BSMS worked really hard to put together a good show, and somehow it felt like we were all together celebrating, despite the lockdown and social distancing in place.
Memories aside from that: spending time on the beach, working on BrightMed, and the annual NAMS weekends were the best things about going to medical school in Brighton.