Where are you now?
I am a GP Trainee working at Worthing Hospital, currently rotating in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Tell us a little bit about the award-winning virtual work experience programme that you created with our Widening Participation and Outreach team, and what motivated you to develop this?
Work experience is an important part of developing understanding what a doctor does, and often forms a part of the application to medical school. The difficulty is that work experience can be difficult to acquire. When I finished medical school, I worked with BSMS to create an online ‘virtual work experience’ as part of their widening participation initiative. The aim of this was to provide some of the learning and understanding that could be gained from real work experience in a way that was free and instantly accessible to anyone around the world.
As for my own motivations, I had difficulties getting work experience before applying to medical school. I have also always been very interested in widening participation, having been both a student and mentor in BrightMed. I am really happy to have been involved in developing a resource that can help young people with their understanding of the role of a doctor, and support their decisions and applications to medical school. It was also a really fun and creative project to be involved in!
I’m so pleased with the success that the programme has since had; at the start I could not possibly have comprehended how well it would do and how many people it would help.