A Day in the Life of a Medical Student in 2020- Husain Ahmed
A Day in the Life of a Medical Student
If you are hoping for a read about saving lives in an emergency situation whilst I backflip over a desk with a syringe that will bring a person back from the depths of death. Then glance over now because back in A level I hoped it would be like that and like you I was massively disappointed. However, the day is filled with hard work, headaches and laughter and maybe some naps.
The day starts dark and early - I wake up around half 6 in the morning where I will do my morning prayers, get ready and also have the same breakfast I have been having for the past 10 years – a bowl of quaker oats porridge with a banana, bag of seeds and to drink a green tea. After the morning antics, I will promptly leave my room around half 7 to catch the train to the hospital.
Right now, I am in my placement years, which means I spend 5 days a week at the hospital where I will be doing my learning and training to become a doctor.
I will get into the hospital at around 8, where I will join a ward round with my fellow students, doctors and consultants. This is when the team goes around a ward and the doctors see all the patients and update them on their care. This is also a good time for the students to interact with patients and ask any questions to the doctors about the diseases we see on the ward.
The ward round ends around 10 which leads us into teaching. From 10 to about 11 we have small group teaching with a consultant. He will talk through a condition and we have the opportunity to ask questions and it really is great as you can absorb so much information and learn so much from experts in their field.
After 11 we have time to do what we want – either go to the library, go back on the wards or go for a coffee. I like to go back on the wards and talk to patients about their condition and understand how it has affected them and ask the nurses if they have any practical skills that need to be done like making and administering medications to patients, doing an ECG or even taking some bloods.
It is now 12 and I will get some lunch with my friends, the hospital has a restaurant where we will sit and chat about everything from football to the meaning of life.
At around 1, we will have bedside teaching. This is when a junior doctor will take us around the ward and find a patient. The junior doctor will talk to us about their condition and we also have a chance to examine them by using our stethoscopes to listen to their hearts and lungs. It is really beneficial as we get to see the theory of medicine in practice.
Yes guys, I know the day already sounds intense and packed, but it gets a lot easier now. Around half 2 everything seems to cool down. I spend my time in the library catching up on work or I would find some more skills to do on the wards.
I will leave the hospital around 4 and get the train back to my room. Touching on the pandemic that is happening it sounds counterintuitive to be going into hospitals. I know other courses like economics that are strictly online but not medicine. We are classed as key workers so if another lockdown did happen, we would still be expected to go into hospital. Crazy. I know. However, there is enough PPE for the students and there are some areas in the hospital that we are not allowed to go in and every time we have contact with a patient, we wear our PPE and sanitise to ensure that me and the patient are safe.
I get back to my room around 4-5, during this time I will have some lunch. Both my parents are chefs, so cooking is ingrained into me. I love cooking and making different dishes from around the world. I would only have a small amount of food as I normally play football around 6.
I tie my laces up and get on the field. It is such a blessing, letting your mind go after a busy day and just running on the field and scoring goals. It is a great way to relieve stress and spend time with your friends. For me, it is so important to have that balance of work and fun.
I get back into my room around 8 - where I will shower up and make a really nice meal for myself. Whilst I am eating, I will plan my next day out and then do some book work - reading up on anything I found interesting or doing a lecture (at x2 speed).
When the clock hits 10 I stop all things to do with medicine. In this time before I sleep, I will call my parents and my brother to catch up with them. And to finish the night off I like to spend some time playing the guitar to relax myself and soon get ready for bed and hopefully be asleep before 12.
That is a day in my life, the days do vary. There are times when I have been in placement for like 12 hours and times when I have the full day to myself. Either way I try to keep a nice balance between work and fun and the great thing is I find my course fun too. It’s not the backflip over a desk with a life-saving needle, but it is very rewarding and challenging.