Life after med school 6: Pursuing research and further academic study
In this episode we are again joined by Dr Shalabh Srivastava, a Senior Clinical Lecturer at Newcastle University and Renal consultant at Sunderland hospital to explore the mysterious world of academic medicine... We explore the process of getting involved in research, including how to find a good supervisor, how to overcome set-backs and where to look for funding and opportunities. Shalabh is a goldmine of good advice, with significant experience across lab-based and clinical research, so if you are considering looking into academic medicine, you won't be disappointed!
17 Aug 2020
Bedside Chats: Renal
We are joined today by Dr Shalabh Srivastava, a renal consultant at Sunderland Hospital and Senior Clinical Lecturer at Newcastle University. In this episode we ask Shalabh about how he came into renal medicine (after working with a medical-world celebrity!) and why he still loves it! Stay tuned for the future of renal medicine and some opportunities you probably didn't know existed.
10 Aug 2020
Life after med school 5: What is medicine isn't for me?
In the last of our mini-series on careers, we ask the question: what do I do if I think medicine might not be for me? As we discovered recording this, most medics ask themselves this question at least once in their careers, so if you have thought this, you aren't alone. We chat about how to approach this question, what other (more unusual) career paths there are in medicine that you may not have heard of yet, and why its ok if you decide this really isn't for you. If you are seriously asking yourself this question, make sure you chat to family, friends and trusted supervisors or seniors to help you along the way. You can find further resources here: https://www.bmj.com/specialties/leaving-medicine https://madeinheene.hee.nhs.uk/careers/Access-your-career-support
2 Aug 2020
Life after med school 4: To F3 or not to F3...
Should I take an F3 year? What options are even out there? How can I choose? If you've asked any of these questions, this episode may be for you! In this 4th episode of our mini series we take a look at what we all did for our F3 (and F4) years, taking an honest and open look at the highlights and drawbacks in all aspects of life.
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19 Jul 2020
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