How To Choose The Best Medical Field For You

** In Collaboration**  Choosing a career in medicine is just the first step in becoming a doctor. The biggest decision that you will have to make in the career is selecting which field of medicine you will go into and specialise in. Whether it’s obstetrics, family medicine, gynaecology or even the biggy – neurosurgery alongside people like Dr Timothy Steel – there is a field out there perfectly suited for you. The problem is working out which one you want to do. It’s a decision that will affect the rest of your career, so it is important to make sure it is the right one. You need to consider many different factors, which we will look into in this article. The work environment Each speciality has a balance between inpatient (hospital) and outpatient (clinic) medicine. When thinking about the field of medicine you want to go into, it is important to consider whether you love the pressure and intensity of caring for critically ill patients, or whether you want to be part of their long term recovery in an outpatient clinic. Research and academic opportunities In pretty much every speciality, there is (or should be) the opportunity to advance your skills and knowledge and get involved in research. However, some areas have better chances than others at offering academic prestige and funding. Work-life balance Whatever field you go into, there’s going to be long hours and pressure. That’s the very […]

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How To Stay Productive When You Have Family Responsibilities

**In Collaboration**  Working from home can be a great move for your career. However, if you’re new to it, then you may find that there’s one thing you really have to work on. And it’s productivity. When you’re in an office environment, it’s often easier to stay productive. Because you’re ‘at work’, you’ve got others working around you, and your mind knows what you’re there to do. But, when you’re at home, your mind can be tricked. It knows that you’re at home. So if you find yourself going to do chores to getting distracted by others, your mind kind of lets you. After all, you’re in your own home. But this can be a nightmare for at home workers! Instead, you need to make sure that you are killing it with your workload. However, that can often be easier said than done. When you’re someone that has a ton of responsibilities, you may find that it’s even harder to stay focused on your work. Maybe you have children or elderly parents to look after? When you have family responsibilities, you may find yourself putting them first before anything else. And it can be really tough. But, you need to be able to find a balance. So if you know that you want to be able to stay as productive as possible without skipping out on the responsibilities that you have, take a look at these seven points. 1. Create […]

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Psychology Students Need To Know About These Things When They Finish Studying

** In Collaboration**  Sometimes as when we are in the midst of studying, we can put all of our focus into the projects we are doing now, and forget all about what we aim to do when we have finally completed our degrees. That is why it’s important to remind ourselves not only about the opportunities that lie ahead but also the possible issues as well. Read on to find out more. You don’t have to become a therapist. Yup, I’m sure you have had that conversation a million times! You know the one where as soon as someone finds out you are studying psychology that they assume you that you will become clinical or counselling psychologists that see patients! Of course, it’s crucial to remember that there are many other options available as well such as forensic psychological, conservation psychology, educational psychology, and you may even choose to work as a psychological consult in the corporate world. All of which roles a quite a lot different than the traditional 45-minute client appointment model. If you do want to be a therapist, you will need a properly fitted out office. That is not to say, however, that becoming a clinical or counseling psychologist isn’t a great choice. Although, if you do plan to do this you will need to find the right premises and kit in out in the correct way. In fact, for those working with patients that are […]

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Featured ‘Day in the life of’: Emily, PhD student investigating lung cancer.

Hello everyone! My name is Emily Richardson (click here for Instagram) and I am a PhD student at the University of Leicester, UK. My work centres around a specific type of lung cancer – Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer – caused by an EML4-ALK fusion protein. I’m looking at the mechanisms which cause its increased migration and invasion, which leads to […]

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