ORTHOPAEDICS (FRACTURE CLINIC) 💪

East Lancashire Hospitals Trust Work Placement – Day 3    


Orthopaedics (Fracture Clinic)

In this placement I was given the opportunity to sit in during some patient-doctor consultations. The first patient I saw had fractured his arm after smashing it through some glass. The doctor told me that this is quite a common case which is often seen on the Orthopaedic ward, especially amongst young men. The x-ray results showed a shadow which suggested that there was a piece of glass which was still stuck in his arm, but the doctor decided it would be better if he sent him for another x-ray to rule out any possible inaccuracies which could have occurred. The second x-ray confirmed this suspicion so the patient was able to be discharged from this department and sent to the Occupational Therapy department instead. This highlighted the importance of doctors working to their competency and I learnt that it’s important to know when to refer a patient as they may benefit better from somebody else’s specialities. Continue reading

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RESPIRATORY CLINIC & WARDS 🌬🚬

East Lancashire Hospitals Trust Work Placement – Day 2     

Year 1 Early Clinical Experience

In this session I was able to experience a clinical exposure session with first year medical students. It was a really incredible experience as I was able to recognise the differences between them and the fifth years whom I had sessions with on the first day. I was very intrigued by the way that the students are trained to act and sound just like doctors throughout the five years. The first activity was a video of a clinical scenario which intended to teach us all that we must be more focussed on our environment, as doctors have to be very alert and observant. I then learnt about the acronym ALL EARS to use when consulting a patient: Continue reading

PATHOLOGY LABS 🔬

East Lancashire Hospitals Trust Work Placement – Day 1    


Teaching Sessions with Year 5 Medical Students

For my first session I attended a lecture presented by a Foundation Year 1 doctor with year 5 medical students on data interpretation. The students had to practise making diagnoses based on the values of different substances in the blood and a short past history of the patients. I sat with a student who explained the diagnoses to me and got me involved in considering the options of what possible diagnoses of the scenarios could be. I was mesmerised by the logical and critical approach that was taken by the students in order to arrive at a final decision. This taught me the importance of problem solving skills and having confidence in your decision making abilities as a doctor. I also learnt that pursuing a career in Medicine requires an incredible amount of dedication and commitment as you have to make sure you know all the warning signs of a particular illness and keep up to date with any new symptoms which are discovered through scientific research. Continue reading