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“I am a junior doctor working York Hospital. I qualified as a doctor from the University of Sheffield aged 21, apparently beating the previous record for the youngest doctor to start work in the country ever. I knew I was the youngest in my year, but I had no idea I would be the youngest ever!

“I always wanted to be a doctor and from an early age I was fascinated by how the human body worked. I was lucky enough to get this opportunity to study medicine, fulfilling my lifelong dream of becoming a doctor and doing something positive with my life.

“I was born and brought up in India where I went to school until I was 13 and then moved to France with my family. Coming to the UK to study medicine and working for the NHS is a whole new experience as I got to see how this wonderful organisation worked.

“I’ve worked for the Trust for almost a year now and already learnt so much. All my three rotations (urology, elderly cardiology and anaesthetics) have been extremely fun and the departments have made sure I felt welcomed and helped me become a better foundation doctor. All my consultants and supervisors have been very helpful and supportive no matter what, especially in my first urology rotation. They all made me feel like I was a crucial part of the team and helped me get used to the hospital life.

“The best part of my job is to meet new, interesting patients every day and helping them manage their conditions. During my last year of work, I have met so many patients and feel like have made some sort of difference to people’s lives by helping to alleviate their pain and suffering. It is a hard job with new practical and intellectual challenges every day, but also it is a rewarding and satisfying knowing that you’re helping these people. Not a single day has passed in the last year where I wasn’t excited to come to work!

“The NHS is a part of British life, providing employment to more than 1.5 million people and treating around 1 million people every day. It is one of the best healthcare systems in the world and feel privileged being a part of this unique organisation. With all the current pressures on the system, people sometimes forget about the positive aspects of the NHS and the wonderful staff who are doing their best to provide the best healthcare in the world. I feel very proud of having worked for York Hospital for the last year and looking forward to many more years to come.”

20 July 2018

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