You’re a general surgeon at Hull Royal. Today, your evening shift starts by checking on a patient who’s just had a breast removed to prevent the spread of cancer. She is recovering very well and will be sent home shortly.
Moments later, you save the life of a boy who was badly hurt after he was knocked down playing football in the street outside his home on Orchard Park. After hours of complicated repairs to internal tissues, he’s going to be ok. Work is fast-paced, stressful and often tiring but there is no greater reward than using your skills to save lives.
You can make quick decisions and lead a team, even under pressure. You have a calm, reassuring manner, communicate easily and like helping others. You’re always willing to learn about new technology.
You’re likely to need at least six or seven high grade 9-6 (A*-B) GCSE grades (or the equivalent), including a science subject, and be all set to take at least three A-Levels (or the equivalent) at college or 6th form.
You’ll need to apply for a recognised degree in medicine at university. Getting three good A-Level grades (or equivalent level 3 qualifications) is vital, as medicine is a very competitive area
After university, you’ll need to do further general and specialist training to work as a surgeon, and there are different areas you can specialise in, such as neurosurgery, urology or ear, nose and throat.