Colchester County High School for Girls until 2009, University of Nottingham (graduated 2014), University College London (currently)
Bachelor of Medical Sciences, Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery, Masters in Medical Anthropology
Foundation Year 1, Dorchester. Foundation Year 2, Bournemouth. Expedition Medic, Channel 4. Foundation Year 3/4, Brighton.
Care of the Elderly Medicine Junior Doctor, Worthing Hospital
The wonderful NHS!
Hi I’m Ali, a 26 year old doctor originally from Essex. I went to University of Nottingham to study medicine and graduated in 2014. I worked in Dorset for a while and now I live in Brighton, so I have moved around a lot as medics do!
I work as a junior doctor on a care of the elderly ward in a hospital near Brighton. I also am studying a Masters (post-medicine studies) in Medical Anthropology, which is the study of healthcare amongst different cultures around the world. I find this fascinating and feel it will really help me to be a good doctor and to understand the backgrounds of my patients better!
My Typical Day:
A day on the ward!
A typical day on the ward would include a meeting at 8am of all the elderly care doctors. Then I would see patients on a ward round, asking them how they are and examining them. I would order tests for them and check these later on in the day. In the afternoon I spend time talking to relatives of my patients and I leave the ward at 5, if I am lucky!
Spending the Prize Money:
Teddy Bear Hospital or Videooo?
I have two ideas for what to do with the money so I can ask you which one you like better! My first idea is to donate the money towards Teddy Bear Hospital, a UK-wide scheme where medical students visit primary schools to help young children better understand the role of doctors. They get their teddies X-rayed and cured of their ailments with the doctors help!
I am also into video making and so my second idea would be to use the budget to make a promotional video with school children such as yourselves to educate others about the roles of healthcare professionals. Let me know if you would want to take part in this!
Or I could combine the 2 and make a Teddy Bear Hospital video!
Quick Fire Questions
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Outgoing. Loud. Curious.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
I have a guilty pleasure for Taylor Swift!
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Kitesurfing in Egypt!
What did you want to be after you left school?
I originally wanted to be an anchorwoman, reading out the news but my parents said my voice was too squeaky!
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes, in Chemistry class I would always sabotage the experiments!
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Being chosen to be an “expedition medic” in the wilderness of Scotland for 4 months for the Channel 4 TV show “Eden”!
What or who inspired you to do your job?
Watching emotional storylines on Scrubs!
If you weren't in healthcare, what job would you do?
A Blue Peter presenter! Or a professional kitesurfer!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
That my parents stay healthy for the next 20 years at least! That my sister has a baby soon! That Jeremy Hunt the health secretary for the Conservative party gets sacked!
Tell us a joke.
The cheese looked at itself in the mirror… Halloumi!!