Wednesday 24 Sep 2014
F1 doctor, 24, Leeds
Designated department – Respiratory
Adam is 24 and originally from Leeds. A born "charmer" with a strong family background in medicine, his mum was a doctor and his dad is a successful psychiatrist whose work involves gender reassignment and heroin detoxification – even his big brother is a practicing GP.
The youngest of three, Adam aspires to work in emergency medicine and knew from an early age that he wanted to be a doctor.
As part of his foundation year one, Adam will be based on the respiratory ward which deals with long-term cancer sufferers and people with lung conditions – both common problems in Newcastle because of the ship building industry.
As the placement progresses, Adam will cover the nightshift as well as be on call, both of which are frantic, high octane jobs.
As well as dealing with emergency medical admissions, he will have to work closely with patients who have been in hospital for a prolonged period of time.
Why did you want to get into medicine?
My family has a massive medical background. This gave me great exposure and that meant I got to see that I wanted to do this, so nobody pushed me into it but at the same time it was facilitated.
What's the best and worst thing about being a junior doctor?
It sounds corny but helping people – saving lives. On the ward the social chats are great because the patients love you. And the worst thing? The admin!
What would you like to see a cure for or be credited with for a cure within your career?
Solve world poverty and hunger, because it can be so easily done.
Tell us about your unique way of revising
Oh, House [the medical TV drama], because it's stimulating. The first few episodes are quite good for your revision – it's very real – and rare cases. I try and get them before House, I think I got two rare cases before they revealed themselves on House.
This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.