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A Day in The Life of a Fourth Year Medical Student

Ever wondered what a day in the life of a fourth year medical student at King’s College London looked like? Well, wonder no more my friend!

The video above shows what I get up to on a typical day here at the William Harvey Hospital, in Ashford, where I am based for my paediatric rotation.

This video was really fun to film, so I hope you find it interesting!

My typical day here at the William Harvey Hospital goes a little something like this.

  • Wake up at around 8.00, have a shower, get ready and go into the hospital. This is a two minute walk, as I am living on the hospital site.
  • Get changed into scrubs, whatever colour is available as long as they match! I refuse to wear mismatched tops and bottoms. Even if that means wearing the completely wrong size!

On The Ward

  • Go to the morning handover, which is where the night team explain the situation on the ward to the team taking over for the day.
    • This will include some background information on all of the patients on the ward, particularly any that have been admitted from A&E overnight, and any updates on patients who have been there for longer.
  • Then I attend the ward round with the senior doctors, either the consultant or the senior registrar.
    • This is the main contact consultants have with the patients, it is a chance for the doctors to assess the patients, have a discussion with them about their health and formulate a plan for their care.
    • Whether the plan is to conduct soe investigations, prescribe a medication, observe or discharge, the actions of the plan will normally be carried out by the junior doctors.
    • These tasks are commonly referred to as ward jobs, and make up the bulk of what a junior doctor gets up to each day.
  • Once ward round is over we have a little huddle and the jobs are divided between the doctors.
    • At this point most consultants will have to leave the ward to run clinics for outpatients, patients not currently in the hospital.
  • I would normally then take a moment off and have some breakfast at around 12 or 1, I’m having a go at intermittent fasting for a month so se if it suits me.
    • So far I’m finding it very easy on weekdays but I think I will start giving myself a day off each weekend to enjoy a breakfast in bed.
  • Afternoons are taken up by either following junior doctors as they do their jobs, attending A&E with the registrars or sitting in on clinics with the consultants.

Home Time!

  • Typically, I finish around 5 at the hospital then either make my way to the education centre or to my room for evening teaching, which happens 5-7.
  • I try eat dinner before 8, which then marks the start of my 16 hours fasting until the following afternoon, and then spend a little bit of time organising my room etc.
  • I will spend a couple of hours studying or working in the evening and then it’s off to bed, ready to start the next day.

Head over to my YouTube Channel for more VLOGS.

In November and December, there will be a new video uploaded every Wednesday and Sunday, particularly aimed at aspiring medical students.

Feel free to get in contact with me, I would love to hear any feedback you may have!

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Connor is a medical student at King’s College London. For the 19/20 academic year he is undertaking an intercalated iBSc in Imaging Sciences, also at King’s.

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