Can volunteering help the doctor’s life?
Throughout my time at university I worked over 300 hours of direct patient contact, working as a volunteer in Bangla is hospital in the oncology ward and in the pharmacy, has heightened my communication skills and I now appreciate the compassion and empathy required to deal with difficult conditions such as degenerative diseases. I was also part of the Red Cross group for two years where I plaid the role of treasurer and Vice president. One of the most rewarding things we did in my term was to provide food and prepare a shelter for the homeless once a month. Tackling these activities as well as my academic work has taught me the value of commitment, dedication and time management. I developed the skills to work and think quickly under pressure.
I have a strong work ethic, an enquiring mind and, after 3 years of working for the NHS, a realistic view of what it means to work as a doctor. On reflection, through work experience, I became more aware of the stresses and demands of a doctor’s role, yet this only helped to strengthen my ambition to work in such an intellectually stimulating field. I am highly motivated to study medicine and I am looking forward to the prospect of returning to university to achieve my long held goal of becoming a doctor.