News From the Researcher’s Desk

When I sit down to write for this Newsletter, all I am hearing around me is unhappiness within the medical profession. Senior Consultants and GPs feeling cheated and considering reducing sessions and worse still, early retirement.  All of this spells disaster for the NHS when we are already facing significant shortages. 

My 5-year-old brought home a book this week which was titled “What I want be when I grow up” and he wants to be a Firefighter, though he is probably biased since he thinks only mummies are Doctors…..

What message then are we sending the next generation of medical students and our next generation of children considering what they want to be when they grow up!

So today I wanted to share the experience of Isobel Hope, one of our medical students from Southampton University who spent one semester with me undertaking research. In her own words below:

"I was a 4th year medical student when the opportunity came up to undertake research for a whole semester! There were lots of interesting projects however following a discussion with Dr Madhuri, I was fascinated with gynaecological oncology. The enthusiasm and passion really came across and I could see how much she was keen to make a difference and help women with gynaecological cancers.

I came to Guildford hoping to learn about the research process, understand statistics and get involved with gynae-oncology research. With Dr Madhuri as my supervisor, not only did I get to do some research in biomarkers and use microscopes and histopathology, I was also given the opportunity to do an extra case report and literature review on a rare case that Dr Madhuri's team had come across in their clinical practice. This case was particularly interesting as the gynaecological malignancy had spread to an unusual location and masqueraded as tooth decay and nerve pain. Dr Madhuri explained that creating awareness of such rare cases adds to the library of medicine and is helpful to other clinicians worldwide should they come across such conundrums as we can do in medicine.

I had an opportunity to interact with members of the "GRACE" charity and even helped with a cake sale as the GRACE team was so keen to raise awareness as well as funds to help with research into the gynaecological cancers.

I gained insights into the systematic literature review process from the library staff and my helpful and willing supervisor, Dr Kavitha Madhuri. Mr Simon Butler-Manuel gave sage advice when polishing the article and Kavitha pushed for publication. And thanks to all those involved I was a published first author before graduating medical school!"

Celebrating medical students who are entering the medical profession knowing that it includes sleepless nights, long arduous hours and extremely hard work is key and that is why GRACE invests in research and raising awareness as students such as Izzy are the future ambassadors.