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Medics student shadows heart surgeon on work experience

Student Masooma Ali, who is part of the upper sixth Medics Enrichment group, completed a four-day work placement at Barts Hospital with heart surgeon Mr Kulvinder Lall, who at 36, is one of the youngest cardiac surgeons in the UK.

Masooma, who is studying Biology, Chemistry and Graphics A Levels, said it was a fantastic experience where she got to see the surgeon at work in the operating theatre as well as the general day-to-day life of a busy hospital.

The former Chobham Academy student is now aiming for Medical School and eventually would like to become a surgeon.  Details of her interview by The CUBE Work Experience Officer Carla Leonard are below:

How was your Work Experience sourced?

“During our Medics Enrichment session, we were told we could watch a documentary at home on Channel 4 called Operation - Live. I watched the Aortic Valve Replacement episode and it inspired me to research the lead surgeon, Mr Kulvinder Lall.  Mr Lall worked across many hospitals in London, so I contacted his secretary at St Barts, sending a covering letter enquiring about a work experience opportunity.”

How did The CUBE help you?

“Although I sourced the placement myself, The CUBE helped with all the paperwork that needed to be completed as part of the work experience process. This process went very smoothly and was easy to follow.”

Do you have any advice for other students?

“Opportunities do not come to you. You have to go and find them. Ask around your contacts, your colleagues and your peers. Attend lectures and insight days. Use these opportunities to network as much as possible. The worst that can happen is the employer says no, but that should encourage you to be more determined to research opportunities and apply for them.”

 

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