The role of a surgeon

Paediatric surgeon Amanda McCabe gave pupils a fascinating insight into her work and spoke about the more challenging aspects of her career as well as offering advice on how to prepare for medical school interviews. Here Shiraz Shafi, S6 writes about the visit.

On Wednesday 9th November, the Medical Union was grateful in welcoming Miss Amanda McCabe to one of its weekly meetings. Miss McCabe, a consultant paediatric surgeon in Dundee, talked to Hutchie’s aspiring medical students about her own career. She explained that a job as a doctor is both taxing and stressful, but in return it is one of the most rewarding vocations there is.

Miss McCabe first addressed the question of ‘why we want to study medicine’ and explained how it is one of the most important questions a medic will be asked, and a question he or she will have to answer throughout their whole career. She told us how important it was to be honest when giving your response and how medical school interviewers can see right through prefabricated answers.

Miss McCabe then discussed what her role as a consultant paediatric surgeon was, and explained a variety of different illnesses and complications that she has had to face in her career and how she dealt with them, which were all extremely fascinating to hear about

On behalf of the medical union and all aspiring medics at Hutchesons’, I would like to thank Miss McCabe for taking time out of her busy schedule to come and provide her thoughtful insights into life as a doctor.



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