Medical Society visit from orthopaedic surgeon
The Medical Society recently invited Dr Simon Richards, an orthopaedic surgeon from Poole Hospital, to come in and give a presentation on his profession and the pathway to becoming a qualified doctor.
Orthopaedics is the branch of medicine that involves conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system, or as Simon put it,
‘I deal with the bones and joints and stuff’.
He began by handing out an array of fascinating instruments to the aspiring medical students, who eagerly inspected. There were tiny metal joints costing over £2000 as well as remarkable external fixation devices resembling props from a horror film. He explained how these items were used in the operating theatre and how important they were in healing bones.
Throughout the presentation he shared a number of anecdotes and experiences during his life as an orthopaedic surgeon. These included operating on human corpses during university, countless amounts of hip and knee replacements and the more gruesome ‘open fractures’. He illustrated these stories, with some graphic images of some particularly nasty breaks, as well as a somewhat comical clip of a cyclist riding down a hill a bit too fast, falling on his shoulder and making a loud ‘CRACK’.
He also told us about the positive and negative aspects of being a doctor and studying at medical school. Throughout, Simon made it clear that he loves his profession – not a day goes by when he regrets his career choice. However he also emphasised that the path to becoming a doctor – getting a place to study medicine at a university and years of training that follow – would be very difficult without 100% commitment.
I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and I am sure that the other members of Med Soc would join me in thanking Simon for giving up his time to talk to us. His talk included some great advice, inspiration and showed what a brilliant and rewarding career medicine can be.