Electives in Europe

General Paediatrics at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London (2018)

How I organised it:

Through the GOSH website.

Costs: £100/week

What was a typical day like?

Hand over on the ward, or 9am clinic. I examined kids, chatted to parents, attended meetings, wrote up notes. It was very flexible with how much or little I went in,

What was the best part of your elective?

It was wonderful to meet so many passionate clinicians, from the doctors to the nurses to the SALT team the physios. Really enjoyed learning from patients and their experiences about really rare conditions – diGeorge, tuberous sclerosis, varieties of clefts…

What was the worst part of your elective?

I can’t think of any.

Travelling and exploring

Lived in London, and was close enough to Cambridge to attend the summer parties.

Contact

irenemr23@gmail.com


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Respiratory at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London (2018)

How I organised it: 

Application form on GOSH website and emailing a prosepective consultant (also found on their website!)
https://www.gosh.nhs.uk/working-here/post-graduate-medical-education-pgme/undergraduates

Costs: 

No application/tuition fees when I went, just cost of DBS check. Accommodation costs are unfortunately high as it is London but it is also commutable from Cambridge and may be worth getting a travel card/season ticket.

What was a typical day like?

Standard day was 8-5 with ward round in the morning and jobs later. I had the opportunity to sit in on various clinics and also observe lung function testing etc. It was mainly an observational placement rather than lots if hands on experience. As a UK hospital, the ethos is similar to your normal placements but GOSH is an amazing place with some state of the art technology and a chance to see some very interesting paediatric cases.

What was the best part of your elective?

Being part of the ward team looking after (and playing with!) the children.

What was the worst part of your elective?

There were times when it would have been nice to be a bit more hands on.

Travelling and exploring

Exploring London and seeing lots of west end shows!

Contact

r.brown@cantab.net

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