Jess

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Years at TGS:  2013 -2015.

School honours: Student Leader, Prefect, Head of House.

Clubs and societies; Music, STEM, sports, performance, etc: Medsoc.  

Post school destination: Hull York Medical School.  

Course Studied: Medicine (Intercalated in Medical Sciences between Years 2 and 3).

Current or most recent role: Year 3 Student (Full time clinical placement).  

If you studied the IB Diploma, how has this helped in further study/your job?: It has given me a well-rounded education, and thus has helped me to approach Medicine more holistically. Whether it was Latin coming in handy for learning anatomy or Geography giving me a deeper understanding of global health and the effects of population and politics on the health service. Additionally, the research skills taught in Chemistry and Biology helped to prepare me for my research project during my intercalation year. Furthermore, my improved ability of English and having done the Extended essay made the Dissertation less daunting!  

How did TGS support your application to further education?: Medsoc played a large part in supporting my application. I still remember Mr McDaid saying in the first meeting that he would spend Y12 trying put us off the career, and if we still wanted to apply after that, he would 100% support us. The numerous previous students and alumni he connected us with, whether it was a fellow Hull York Medical School/TGS alumni student to give me interview tips, or holding personal statement workshops. It made the journey into medicine, a lot less rocky and nerve-wracking!  

What did TGS 'give' you that has stayed with you throughout your life?: The ability to be a well-rounded and considered person, able to look at things from numerous perspectives. The student support given during my time at TGS was second to none, and it has taught me to always ask for help if I am struggling  

What would you tell someone thinking of studying at TGS?: Go for it! It is a wonderful school, both academically and pastorally. Being an external student, I was worried about fitting in, but as soon as I started, I knew I was part of a like-minded and supportive community.  

What's the most challenging/rewarding part of your job?: Balancing the practical element of medicine, such as being on the wards and carrying out skills, with the huge volume of knowledge we are expected to learn ourselves. But the challenges are minuscule compared to the rewards, such as: successfully taking blood from a patient, being a detective and figuring out the diagnosis from just a consultation, and the rapport you form with both patients and other healthcare staff. It makes me feel very privileged that I can be trusted with some of the most intimate details of a person's life..  

Where do you hope to be in 10 years’ time?: Currently, I am hoping to go into Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and develop my interest in fertility. So in 10 years time, I hope to be on the run-through training program and on my way to becoming a specialist in my field!  

What drives you?: Knowing the difference I will make to others, as well as my nosiness and curiosity.  

Where would we find you on a day off?: Honestly? Probably sleeping!  

What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?: Driven, motivated, and happy.  

The most inspirational place you've been?: I haven't been yet, but Summer 2020 I'm hoping to go to Sri Lanka for my elective and work in an under-resourced environment to see the contrast to working in the NHS (and also spend a lot of time at the beach...)!  

What makes you smile?: Food, books and Netflix .

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?: It was always a toss up between Doctor, Vet or Lawyer!