MEDLINK – Day 5

Medlink Conference – Day 5     Venue: University of Nottingham    


Haematology

I found this lecture very interesting as I have never thought about blood in so much detail ever before. I think it is quite remarkable that each component on the blood has its own properties are they are also all able to cause many different health problems if they aren’t functioning correctly. Diseases linked with the red cells include Anaemia and Sickle Cell Disease. White cells are linked with problems such as Leukaemia, Lymphoma and Aplastic Anaemia. Two diseases involving platelets are ITP in which the body destroys the platelets and Bernard Soulier which is a rare and inherited condition. Continue reading

MEDLINK – Day 4

Medlink Conference – Day 4     Venue: University of Nottingham    


The Autopsy

An autopsy is a full external and internal examination of the body performed either to confirm the nature of a disease, educate, identify the cause of death or aid in the creation of health statistics. 

I learnt a lot about the details in which an autopsy can be carried out and the two different types: the Coroner’s Autopsy and the Consent Autopsy. The Cononer’s Autopsy has the aims to answer who, when, where, how and in what circumstances they died. It is requested by the Coroner and no consent is needed. I was quite surprised to learn that an autopsy was allowed to be carried out without consent in this manner, however, I can now understand why it may be necessary in certain circumstances which I will mention later.  Continue reading

MEDLINK – Day 3

Medlink Conference – Day 3     Venue: University of Nottingham  


Exhibition

I attended the Medlink Exhibition where I spoke to different Medical schools about the structure of their course and entry requirements. I also spoke to students from each of the different universities which was very useful in allowing me to compare them and gain a true insight into what the course was actually like. One my highlights at the exhibition was the surgical stand which was run by Medical students who wanted to become surgeons. They taught me how to create a knot in surgery using real surgical equipment and then I was able to have a go. I learnt that lots of knots have to be tied all the way down the cut, which I was quite amazed by as the knot itself appeared to be quite complicated and it seemed as though this would take quite a fair bit of time. Continue reading

MEDLINK – Day 2

Medlink Conference – Day 2     Venue: University of Nottingham 


Clinical Skills

I learnt the basics on how to use an Ophthalmoscope, an Otoscope and a Stethoscope.

An Opthalmoscope is used to look at the retina of a patient’s eye and an Otoscope is used to look inside their ear. I was able to practise using each of these pieces of equipment. When using the Opthalmoscope the patient and the doctors refractive index has to be considered and added together to create and image which will be in focus. You will also have to careful to ensure that you aren’t shining a being hit light in a patient’s eyes for a long time as this many cause discomfort. The two main conditions that an cause problems at the back of the eye are diabetes and high blood pressure. Continue reading

MEDLINK – Day 1

Medlink Conference – Day 1     Venue: University of Nottingham    


Surgery

I attended a lecture on surgery which was presented by a neonatal surgeon. I was rather intrigued to learn about the history of surgery and that it was first introduced in Britain in 900AD, but much earlier in other places. I also learnt about the importance of speed when conducting surgical procedures in the past due to no anaesthesia and the risk of infection. This allowed me to be able to truly value the extent of which modern medicine has transformed our lives as today we are able to conduct survey lasting several hours. I was also really inspired by a quote from John Hunter which surgery mentioned during the lecture. The lecturer referred to him as ‘the father of clinical surgery’ and his quote was: “Surgeons tend to forget that they are not masters, but merely servants.” I found this to be truly inspiring as it applies to the Medical profession as a whole: doctors have a duty to serve, listen to and respect their patients. I was able to reflect on the true role of being a doctor and submitting yourself to the needs of society and this created a purely compassionate and beautiful image in my mind. Continue reading