'Doctors of the future' join professionals on rounds at Grimsby hospital
MEDICAL students are putting their knowledge into practice as they join professionals on the rounds at Grimsby’s hospital.
A total of 40 students from across the country have taken the opportunity to spend up to six months on work placements at Grimsby’s Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital.
For some, this is their second time at the site and, once again, they are eager to get stuck in.
John Wilson, 25, is in his fourth year as a medical student and says he has always been interested in a career in the health profession.
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He said: “I just decided to study it as it seemed an interesting topic and I have not looked back since.
“I have already spent six months at this hospital before, so I am looking forward to the months ahead.
“I feel gaining this hands-on experience is valuable to pick up new skills and learn even more.”
The medical students – another 40 of which have also taken up similar placements at Scunthorpe General Hospital – have all come from the Hull York Medical School (HYMS).
They are all living on the hospital sites and will be attached to teaching teams, where they’ll be taught by a variety of consultants and GPs.
Their time will be shared between the hospital and local GP practices, as well as attending clinical skills training sessions in the on-site clinical skills laboratories.
Laura Munro, 23, is delighted to be back at the Grimsby site as last year she gained experience in the cardiology, respiratory and oncology departments.
She said: “The staff at Grimsby hospital are really keen to help you out and take an interest in our learning. I gained a lot from my previous six months here and I hope to add to my skills and knowledge during these upcoming months.
“This year I am looking forward to spending time in the pediatric department.”
The students will be on placement with the Trust until June.
As part of their training they will also spend time on placement at hospitals in York, Scarborough and Hull as well as Grimsby and Scunthorpe.
Patients may encounter the students at their GP practice, in clinics or on the wards and will always be informed if they are involved in their care.
Kathryn Hallam, undergraduate education manager at the Trust, said: “Experience in a clinical setting is clearly vital for these students, who are the doctors of the future.
“Getting to interact with patients and working with GPs and consultants will help them put their classroom training into context.
“It is hoped the students will enjoy their time at the Trust and return when they are qualified.
“A founding aim of HYMS is that students will choose to stay in or return to the area. We have recruited to posts every year and aim to build on this.”