Which parts of your training have you enjoyed the most?
I worked as a letting agent before starting the foundation to medicine degree at Durham University, I won the scholarship for the foundation degree and gained my place on Medicine MBBS.
I did my first two years at Durham Uni and then joined the Newcastle cohort in my third year.
Most of my training has been on Teesside – James Cook and the Friarage.
My favourite parts were the student selected components (SSC), I did three six week placements in obstetrics and gynae, paediatric ENT surgery and infectious diseases, followed by an eight-week placement in the emergency department.
For eight weeks I was placed at the Friarage which I really enjoyed.
It was like a community, every member of staff learned your name and were eager to teach.
Can you describe your experience as a trainee here at South Tees?
James Cook is a fantastic site, very friendly and has most specialties all on one site.
Training here means I get to experience all of the specialities I like in one hospital, in lovely surroundings with friendly staff.
There are so many nice places to visit here – North Yorkshire Moors, Whitby and Durham are all only a short drive away.
As South Tees is affiliated with Newcastle University they are used to dealing with medical students and trainees so there is always somebody to look after you.
What is living in the north east of England like?
I am originally from Middlesbrough so I don’t know what it is like to live anywhere else. I love living here as mentioned above there are beautiful areas all around us.
I only have to drive to the Friarage to be reminded of the beautiful areas that are only a stones throw away.
The north east is much cheaper than other areas of the UK as well which is always helpful.
How do you manage your work life balance?
I like to make plans for my days off, this means I don’t waste the time I get to myself.
I keep busy during my shifts and try to keep on top of all the jobs so I can finish on time.
I’ve signed my daughter up for classes such as swimming, again this means I use my time off to spend with my family.
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