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At the age of eleven the surgical and radiological treatment of my mother’s brain tumour (large trigeminal schwannoma) awoke my interest in becoming a doctor. It showed me how teamwork, cutting edge medical techniques and surgical skill can result in the apparently miraculous: namely saving my mother’s life.

The medical landscape is constantly changing, with new drugs and treatments combatting new strains of disease and presenting new ethical dilemmas. I thrive on variety and change and want to work in a profession where the learning never stops. I have a particular interest in the mechanics of the body and how such complex structures have evolved to fit perfectly and function as one, ranging from the mechanics of the knee to the myogenic regulation of the heart. In addition to the academic, I am attracted to the human aspect of medicine and the opportunity to combine people skills with scientific rigour.

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I volunteer in a specialist dementia unit where I see the less glamorous side of healthcare and that it only takes a little time to make someone feel valued. With increased longevity, there will be an increase in the incidents of the afflictions of old age, not all of which are soluble. Sometimes it is important to emphasise the caring aspect of medical care with compassion and companionship, and I enjoy that patient interaction. I am learning to pitch explanations suitably and to use accessible vocabulary, and I see each day the importance of patience, sincerity and dignity in challenging conditions. I have also seen how chronic illness affects both patients and their families, and how healthcare workers must look beyond the individual patient and see the wider picture. I think I have a rapport with some patients, which has reassured me that I will be able to develop a positive “bedside manner”.

I was enthused and not overly daunted by seeing the challenges doctors face. In particular, I could see that consultants and junior doctors alike felt the frustration of limited time and resources. Nonetheless, I could also see, and was impressed by, their desire to engage with every patient.

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Grief is a corollary to a career in medicine, and whilst at the hospital I witnessed despair first-hand. Although doctors can’t solve everything, I believe that the role of the medical profession is to help each patient to live and die as independently as possible, with dignity and minimum pain.

Although I have a strong work ethic, I do have outside interests. I am a keen rugby player, in a table-topping side, so I know the value of discipline, application, training and commitment. Rugby has a lot of cross-over attributes: the ability to think clearly under pressure, to operate as part of a team and to take responsibility when required.

I also enjoy, and have had weekly lessons in, horse riding and the piano for many years. Both suit different aspects of my personality. My equestrian ability comes from my empathy with the animal, whereas my musical abilities are more a product of diligent practice.

Juggling these commitments with studying has honed my time management and will continue to contribute to a healthy work/life balance through my university years and beyond.

I have thoroughly researched what it takes to be a successful medical student and have gained insight into the life of a doctor through relevant work experience. A medical career will provide the personal and intellectual challenges I enjoy; and the satisfaction that comes from being able to make a difference every day.

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