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2008 Medicine graduate.

What have you gone on to do after graduating?

I work as a doctor in the region specialising in Elderly Care. I chose Geriatric Medicine as it is a challenging, varied and expanding speciality where no two days are the same.

I started working as a junior doctor after graduating from Newcastle Medical School in 2008. Since then I have gained experience from a number of the hospitals throughout the North East and Cumbria.

I enjoy teaching and have a qualification in Clinical Education.

What were the benefits of the PARTNERS Programme for you?

It has literally changed my life! Without PARTNERS I probably would not have been able to get into medical school! I didn't quite get the grades I wanted however the PARTNERS Programme gave me the opportunity to get into Medical School with a lower offer.

What support did you receive from the PARTNERS Team during the PARTNERS Academic Summer School and throughout your time at University?

The PARTNERS team helped me prepare for life as a student. They put me in touch with other students on the course and gave a helping hand whenever I needed some advice.

Whilst at university I thoroughly enjoyed helping the PARTNERS team as a student representative on shadowing experiences and Summer Schools so that I could help others in the way that they helped me when I was considering university.

If you could give advice or tips to a new PARTNERS student, what would it be?

Seize the opportunity! We are very fortunate to have PARTNERS in our region. For me, they have been truly life-changing.

Offer to be a rep on the Summer Schools - I've never had so much fun, plus the satisfaction to be helping others is very rewarding.

Any final words...?

Simply, thank you! I'll never forget how you helped me get to where I am today. Keep up the good work!