Jessica dreams of a medical career

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Sixth form student Jessica Tomkins is currently studying for A-levels in biology, chemistry, physics and economics.

Here, she talks about her dreams to go into medicine and plans for a visit to Tanzania to further enhance her studies.

I have ambitions of going into medicine in the future, which I find a very interesting subject as it is constantly changing, developing new technology to benefit the world. 

As medicine is a very competitive course to study, I want to enhance my chances of being selected.

To do this I am trying to plan a week-long visit to Tanzania using the company Gap Medics. The highly successful young person’s company specialises in educational experiences for aspiring medical and nursing students. 

During the seven days I will be gaining first-hand experience in a hospital, shadowing doctors and nurses. For example, one day I will be working on an orthopaedic ward while the next I will be helping on a children’s ward, giving me a wide range of experiences.

Also I will be attending lectures from doctors during my visit. This will give me an insight into the skills I need to start achieving my ambitions and also help to make me stand out among the rest when applying to universities.

I have thoroughly researched the trip and I have spoken to various people who have been on the trip asking them about it.

We stay in a guest house with other students around my age on the same experience, where I could gain new knowledge of other people with the same ambitions. 

The benefit of doing this abroad in a less economically developed country is that I am able to gain more first-hand experience and able to help more with the doctors and nurses than would be possible from a NHS work placement (which I have also planned to do in July 2015 at Calderdale Royal Hospital because of the more strict regulations.

Also I will be able see just how much of a difference medicine makes to people’s quality of life, and compare the differences between the two countries.

I am fundraising to cover the cost of the trip, which is likely to be £1,700 depending on flight costs. I am bag packing at supermarkets among other fundraising events, such as planning a curry night, doing car washes and bun sales at Rastrick High School.

I would be extremely grateful for any donation towards the costs.