Medical students go out on the road
31 January 2013
Final year medical students on placement at Southend University Hospital have been getting a broader picture of the patient journey, thanks to a new initiative launched in conjunction with the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust.
The opportunity to shadow a paramedic for a day arose after one
of the students, in their fifth year at Barts and the London
medical school and on their acute medical care placement, asked if
their could get a taste of life on the road.
Student Ciara McClenaghan, who is hoping to specialise in
A&E care, had reported for her shift at 5.30am and had a
She said: "It has been really helpful seeing patients in their
own homes and learning about medicine from the other side."
Fellow student David Brooke added: "We would not normally get
the chance to gain any paramedic experience. It has given us an
appreciation of how the patient's condition is managed without all
the equipment which is readily available at the hospital."
A&E consultant Mr Hamid Rokan, one of the students' tutors
at Southend, said: "We are delighted to be able to arrange this
additional dimension to our students' experience. The opportunity
to shadow a paramedic gives students a much fuller picture of the
patient's condition when they arrive at our door, and we are most
grateful to the ambulance service for all their cooperation in this
"We hope to make it a regular part of our students'
Matt Broad, the ambulance service's clinical general manger for
Essex, said: "The ambulance service is an integral part of the
health economy and we were delighted to give the students an
insight into pre-hospital care in the communities. I hope they all
found the observer shifts informative and worthwhile."
With pic:A&E consultant Mr Hamid Rokan; medical students
David Brooke and Ciara McClenaghan; behind, medical students Priti
Narshi and Saoirse Lyons and (rear) paramedic Teresa Shadforth with
student ambulance paramedic Mark Nelmes, both based at