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Alumni in Focus - Dr Lucy Diss

Dr Lucy Diss (BM BS 2015)

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Lucy is currently working as an anatomy demonstrator while completing a PGCert in Medical Education.

Here she tells us about what inspires her the most and where she hopes her career will take her in the future. 


Where are you now?
I am now working as a BSMS anatomy demonstrator and a Resident Medical Officer at Nuffield Health Brighton Hospital. I am also completing a PGCert in Medical Education and working in my local A&E doing ad hoc shifts.

What has been your proudest moment?
The most obvious one would be graduating from medical school and becoming a doctor, but actually I would say that when you narrow it down to one moment it would be when I was working in A&E as an FY2 doctor while leading the team in resus to manage a patient with ventricular tachycardia with synchronised cardio version. As I hooked her up to the monitor, I saw that dreaded periarrest rhythm and I was able to calmly manage her and involve the right team members to transfer her to resus. Pressing that button on the defibrillator for the third time and seeing her rhythm finally revert back into a stable rhythm made me feel pretty proud (and relieved).


What are you favourite memories of BSMS?
My favourite memories are probably are those spent on the beach celebrating the end of exams (there are lots of them).

What or who has inspired you most in life?
My grandma is a big inspiration to me in view of her positivity of life. You see a lot of unhappiness as a doctor and you need to hang on to those fewer happier moments to keep you sane.

What is the skill that you would most like to have?
I would love to be able to draw - luckily medical drawings don't really require much artistic skill!


Where would you like your career to take you?
I am hoping to gain a place as a radiology specialty trainee next year.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Best piece of advice would have to be to enjoy the world as much as you can. I like to travel a lot!

What do you feel has been the biggest benefit from studying at BSMS?
The small year group as you feel more like an individual than a number.