Clinical Work Experience

You Can Be A Doctor have developed an interactive online work experience program to give pupils the opportunity to learn about the day to day role of a doctor. We have started with the first years of work immediately following University but the program will grow to show pupils what it’s like to work at all levels of medicine. Click the button below to learn more or to access the virtual work experience.

The videos below have been recorded by doctors across different specialties of medicine to provide insight into the daily life of a doctor. You will see how their jobs can be similar but also what separates certain specialties. Each video has an accompanying pdf document that will guide you through some of the concepts touched upon in the videos, allowing you to dive deeper into ideas that are central to good medical care!

Foundation Doctors on the ARU

Dr Nat Quail and Dr Thalia Massa are Foundation Year (FY) doctors working in the Acute Receiving Unit (ARU). An FY doctor is a newly qualified doctor 1 or 2 years out of medical school. They take care of day-to-day jobs such as performing blood tests, taking notes and prescribing drugs or fluids. Most of the bigger decisions they make (such as deciding on a management plan for a patient) are checked over by a more senior doctor. Download the worksheet here.

Anaesthetics

Dr Adam Capek is a consultant anaesthetist working at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow. A consultant is the highest level of experience that a doctor can have, once they have finished all their training. It typically takes 5-8 years to become a consultant, depending on the specialty. In this video he is working on the labour ward, where women deliver babies. Download the worksheet here.

Palliative Medicine

Dr Kathleen McGeough is a Foundation Year (FY) doctor working in the Marie Curie Hospice doing a Palliative Medicine job. An FY doctor is a newly qualified doctor 1 or 2 years out of medical school. They take care of day-to-day jobs such as performing blood tests, taking notes and prescribing drugs or fluids. Most of the bigger decisions they make (such as deciding on a management plan for a patient) are checked over by a more senior doctor. Download the worksheet here.

Nephrology

Dr Colin Geddes is a Consultant Nephrologist working in Glasgow. Here he takes us through a day in his job. A nephrologist is a doctor who specialises in treating diseases of the kidneys which can often be a delicate organ to take care of in the hospital. Download the worksheet here.

Geriatrics

Dr Hazel Miller is a Consultant Geriatrician working in Glasgow. She shows us a typical day on her ward, including how the Multi-Disciplinary Team work together to coordinate patient care. Old age is associated with specific conditions but patients can often also be accompanied by social challenges. Download the worksheet here.