Grace Hatton

Grace Hatton

Pharmacist and medical student


Birmingham (UK)

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I decided I didn't want to do a PhD.
So I looked at medicine instead, because I still liked research.
I applied, got in, and carried on with my research.
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Pharmacy
University College London
graduate
Graduate
Medicine
University of Birmingham (UK)
doctorate
Doctorate
Medicine
University of Birmingham (UK)
Career

Career

Pharmacist and medical student

I study medicine and work as a pharmacist.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Science
Science
Writing
Writing
Teaching / Mentoring
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

A great day involves shadowing/working on the wards as a medical student; examining and assessing patients, performing work-ups, sitting in on clinics and teaching. It's pretty cool because you see a range of different conditions and have to divulge from the patient and clinical data what is wrong with them and what we can do to help; I like to think of it as detective work.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Communication skills! So, so important. Medical teaching from a textbook and a lecture theatre can only get you so far. You need hands-on, practical experience - to see someone drowning in their own bodily fluids from a drug reaction, or to be keeled over in pain that could mean a thousand things. Or to see the better side; to see how patients improve, and get better, and to know that you've helped them in that.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Be enthusiastic; be keen and involved; try and ignore what everyone else that wants to do what you're interested in (to an extent) - otherwise everyone ends up with the same application form essays. It's so important to consider WHY you want to do medicine (and don't worry about being selfish - it doesn't all have to be about "changing the world". There's nothing wrong with being entrepreneurial about it).

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Pharmacy
graduate
Graduate
Medicine
doctorate
Doctorate
Medicine