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  • #12219


    It is interesting to read your blog posts and I am going to share it with my friends.

    • #13674

      James GenMedX

      Glad to hear it Irena! Hit us up if you have any questions 🙂

  • #10159


    hi everyone i’m lola and I’m jsut about to go into y10!

    I’m really worried abt starting my gcses and what they might mean for my future. I know i definitely want to work in a hospital when I’m older but I don’t know what jobs there are.


    • #11209

      James GenMedX

      Hi Lola

      There’s plenty of options for you and in the next few weeks you’ll see more and more information popping up on the site so keep an eye out! 💪🏾

      Are there any jobs you’ve heard of or is there anything you’ve seen that seems exciting?

  • #9670



    I was just wondering, what are medical specialities? I’ve heard about them before but I’m confused about what they are?

    • #14287



      I’m a Trauma and Orthopaedic surgeon (what some people call a bone doctor or an orthopod).

      Good question. When people refer to medical specialties they are alluding to the fact that medicine (and surgery) consists of various types of patients and conditions. In order to provide the best treatment for patients, we become experts in certain types of conditions and/or patients.

      For example,

      I am an expert in trauma and orthopedics (bones)

      I could further specialise in patients who are children or adults

      I decided that I wanted to be an expert in hands and shoulders.  This has required extra training to become an expert in hands and shoulders (and everything in between).

      I hope this makes a little more sense now.

  • #9406

    Ellis Brd

    Hello my name is Ellis and I want to become a healthcare professional. I’m interested in becoming a physiotherapist but I don’t know what A levels  I should take. If anyone has been in a similar situation could you share your experience? thanks

    • #9457

      Blerina GenMedX

      Hello Ellis!

      If you want to study Physiotherapy, useful A Levels would be Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Physical Education. However other typical subjects are also General Studies or Psychology. Make sure to have a look at individual Physiotherapy courses on different universities to find out the most popular subjects students studied before attending!

      For any further questions, don’t hesitate to let me know 🙂

  • #6238


    Hello my name is lyba. I am currently in year 9 and I am aspiring to become a Health Care Professional. I would like to ask you:

    What do you think is the most enjoyable Health Care Job?

    What type of medical training did you require?

    • #6290


      Hello @lyba, I’m Kathryn, a final year cardiac physiology student.

      I really enjoy my work as a cardiac physiology student within the NHS. I come from a section of health professionals called ‘Healthcare Scientists’ who run a range of diagnostic tests to help patients and doctors reach a final diagnosis. My particular area is particularly exciting as I get to interact with my patients and run tests on them such as ECGs, echocardiograms (ultrasound of the heart) and also monitor patients when they are having non-surgical procedures like angioplasties where the doctor inserts stents and balloons through an artery to widen the blood vessels. As a cardiac physiologist you also get to look after patients with pacemakers to help keep their heart in an appropriate rhythm and run clinics where you will see your patients throughout their life.

      I really enjoy having such a specialised knowledge in a particular area of medicine. I’m doing a degree in Healthcare Science which is a 3 year degree that has quite generous entry requirements. I like the job as I can work alongside doctors and I feel as though my contribution is making a huge difference to the patient’s life. There is good career progression too. After finishing my degree I can sit some exams to obtain a sub-speciality in echocardiography or heart rhythm management.

      I hope this gives you an insight into a medical profession 🙂 Feel free to ask me any questions!

    • #6250

      Blerina GenMedX

      Hello Lyba 🙂 I’d say the most enjoyable healthcare profession is being a biomedical scientist!

      As a biomedical scientist, you’ll carry out a range of laboratory and scientific tests on tissue samples and fluids to help clinicians diagnose and treat diseases. You’ll also evaluate the effectiveness of treatments. Your work is extremely important to many hospital departments, such as operating theatres and the functions you carry out are wide-ranging. For example, you may work on medical conditions such as cancer, diabetes or AIDS, screen for and monitor a range of diseases or carry out tests for emergency blood transfusions. These are some of the main reasons why I myself have chosen this healthcare profession!

      As for the training, after doing a Biomedical Sciences degree accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science IBMS, the next step is to undergo a period of training in an IBMS-approved training laboratory where you will complete an IBMS Training. On successful completion of the training period, you’ll be eligible to work as a biomedical scientist.

      Best of luck with the healthcare profession you will choose 🙂 If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to let me know!



  • #6234


    Hi, I’m Haleema. I’m in year 9 and aspiring to become a doctor or something related to health care- i have some questions:


    Do you enjoy working with Adults or Children more? Why?

    Do you enjoy your job?

    Did you want to be a doctor when you were young?


    • #8597

      James GenMedX

      Hi Haleema!

      I’m a third year medical student at Birmingham, I have 2 years left at uni before I graduate as a doctor.

      Each medical school teaches slightly differently but broadly you’re given the same experiences.

      The first two years at my medical school involved learning about the organ systems within the human body e.g. cardiovascular system (the heart and associated vessels) as well as learning a bit about psychology. We also had a few placements at a GP surgery.

      Now I’m in my third year I get to actually experience more of what working in a hospital is like. We spend some time on a variety of different hospital wards and try and link what we’d learnt in our first 2 years to the patients we see in front of us.

      Great questions Haleema!

      Here are my answers:

      1. I find that paediatrics (working with kids) is quite difficult as there is ALOT to know and you also have to be aware of parents and other family members who have a bigger impact on the patient than our adult patients (understandably!) So I prefer adult medicine at the moment, but I’ve been told that this might change as we spend more time on the paediatric units.
      2. I do love being a medical student and can’t wait to graduate as a doctor!
      3. I wasn’t sure about medicine. I spent some time looking into different science and health subjects like dentistry, pharmacy, biomed etc. and decided on medicine as it combines my skill in science with making a practical difference to people’s lives, plus there’s a high likelihood of getting a job at the end of studying medicine (not all degrees offer this certainty)


      Why do you want to work in a health career?

      We’ve got some great stuff coming up for aspiring doctors so keep your eyes peeled!

      Over and out, James


      A note for all users: To make it easier for our professionals, uni students and apprentices to answer your questions promptly please try to post one question at a time- Thank you! 🙂

  • #6211


    I’m not referring to any specific profession, I’d like a varied set of responses so i can better my understanding of work in the nhs as a whole.

  • #6118


    Hi this question is for dentists in particular :

    What is the day in the life of a dentist and what does your day consist of exactly?

    Thank you for your time

  • #6095

    Katherine GenMedX

    Hey guys!

    Thanks for all the questions, they’re all really interesting!

    We’re sending them out to our community now and we will get back to you all ASAP.

    Make sure you keep checking back here for your answers!

    It was great to meet you all yesterday, it’s good to see that you’re all enjoying the site.  🙂

  • #6063


    Hello my name is Artemis, year 8

    I am currently interested in the forensic side of science and I would like to become a Forensic Lawyer, I am very interested in law and science and maths.

    I have a few questions; what qualifications would you need and did you enjoy your experience, and what’s a usual day as a forensic lawyer like? And why did you decide to become it. In your experience what setbacks have you been through and what subjects did you decide on? Do you think picking criminology is something to do? And what university do you think is the best.

    Thank you for your time.

  • #6053


    Hi my name is Humaira and I’m in year 9

    I am currently studying my first year in GCSE and I enjoy English and biology and chemistry.

    I have a few questions to ask dentists in particular.

    The first question is what mistakes have you made studying in GCSE that i can avoid  and have you got any tips you could share.
    The next question is quite personal: do you enjoy your job and do you have any words of wisdom also what qualifications do you need to become a dentist and what did you get in GCSE.
    What qualifications do you need to enter dentistry in university. Adding on to this how many years do you have to study to become a dentist and what do you learn during the years of studying.
    What motivated you to become a dentist and if it was a phrase or quote that kept you going could you share it with me please.
    Penultimately what aspects do you cover whilst on the journey becoming a dentist.
    If you could become anything else what career would you choose and why. Lastly what revision techniques do you use/ used that can be helpful to me.


    I hope you could answer my questions.

  • #6049


    Hi! I’m Sara and I have a question for a dentist or a student studying dentistry.

    How do you specifically become a dentist and what age can you start work experience for dentistry?

    • #6256


      Hi Sara (and all of you budding dentists!)

      I’m a Cardiff dental student and I heard you had questions about dentistry (an awesome profession)!

      I’m working with Generation Medics to get a few videos of dentists sharing what they do everyday and how they got to where they are now, so keep a watchful eye on here for updates over XMAS 😉

      Here’s my uni profile:

      I went to a state school, had to sit the UKCAT (an entrance exam), got 3 A’s at Alevel. Had an interview and got in- it wasn’t my first choice as I’d never been to Wales before, but I absolutely LOVE Cardiff!

      FYI the course I’m on is called Dental Surgery (There are lots of other subjects available in dentistry so make sure you pick the one that will get you the job you want)

      In 4th/5th year at Cardiff we get clinical placements and get to look after our own clinic patients (under a watchful eye!)

  • #6047


    Hello my name is Thilaxshika. I am a student in Year 10. I love to study science mostly Biology. I have a question to ask. What did you find as the most complex part of studying medicine?

    • #7215


      Hello Thilaxshika,

      I’m Matt a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon.

      At medical school I really enjoyed the time I spent on clinical placement in orthoapaedics (in your surgical placements at med school, you get to rotate around most specialties e.g. general surgery, T&O).

      It wasn’t just the surgery and type of work, it’s also the personality of those who become orthopods that made me realise that’s where I fit in. It’s not for everyone, but T&O is an exciting specialty and I have specialised in Hips and Knees.

      To reflect on my journey to where I am now, I would say don’t get too hung-up on a particular specialty, it’s ok not to know exactly what you want to do. To help decide what you think would suit you best, keep your options open. Grab hold of opportunities to gain insights, experience and speak to those who have done it and got the T-shirt. I think if you’re a young person looking for the above, spending a bit of time speaking to the people on this site/looking at the resources they have created for you would be beneficial.

  • #6045


    Hey, my name is Bismah. I am in year 10. I like to study Biology. I’ve always liked to be a councilor or someone involving the subject Psychology. I have a question to ask. What qualifications do you need to become a councilor? Also what do you do in your everyday of counseling?

  • #6040


    Hi there, I am a GCSE student and i was wondering if you could answer some of my questions that i wanted to know about medicine.

    1. What were some of the obstacles that were in your way and how did you conquer then?
    2. were you nervous or scared when you first started?
    3. if there is anything you are not comfortable with, how did you get over it?
    4.  do you find your job a fun challenge?
  • #6038



    My name is Uwais. I would like a neuro surgeon or a neurologist to answer this question as this is the job I want when i’m older.

    My question: How long did it take you after uni to become who you are today and alongside that, can you say what GCSE and A-level grades you needed to take a medicine degree?

    Thank you! 🙂

  • #6036


    Hello! I’m a student currently studying GCSEs. I’d like to ask how much does it cost to specialize? Also, what do you find hard about your job and is it difficult communicating with patients?

    • #6191

      Blerina GenMedX

      Which health profession are you referring to?

  • #6034


    Hey, I’m Helen and I’m a year 11 student who has a somewhat strong interest in entering a healthcare profession but just wish to ask a couple questions. Don’t mind who they go to particularly.

    Question one is this: What’s med school like? Of course there’ll be essays and other things commonly found in a university course but what sort of people does it typically attract? How much of it is guided by a teacher? How much of it is “DIY”?

    Question two: How gave government cuts affected your job? Would you keep them or undo them?

    Question three: If you could change any aspect of your job, what would you change and why?

  • #6031


    Hi! I’m Sara and I have a question for an optometrist.

    How long do you have to study for to become an optometrist and what qualifications do you need to have for GCSE and A-Level to start studying the course for it?

  • #6029



    I’m Husnain 🙂 I have a question that I want a specialist practitioner and advanced paramedic to answer.

    My question is:

    What are the entry requirements for getting into this role and can it be completed without going to university?

    • #8240

      Georgie Gill

      Hi Husnain

      I’m currently a student Paramedic in my final year of study.

      To become a specialist paramedic in the UK you do need a degree but theres a few different ways to access it.

      You’d firstly need to become a paramedic by completing a degree (foundation or BSc)- this could be done by attending a full time university course in a student paramedic role where you will complete the course ready to register with the HCPC as a paramedic, or you can do a working route as an ECA/ECSW (depending on where in the country you are) and apply for a student paramedic role on a part time uni course working along side paramedics full time. Once you are a paramedic, you would normally develop that role for a few years before choosing to specialise into an area such as urgent care/minor injuries, critical care or mental health at a later stage through courses within your trust or as masters degrees. Lots of specialisation is very ambulance trust specific but it is getting more nationalised. A good place to look into this more would be the College of Paramedics website r those of your local ambulance trusts.

      To get into university you need A-levels or qualifications of a similar level such as BTECs or an Access to Higher education course.

      Hope this has helped you to know a little more!

      Georgie 🙂

  • #5938

    Blerina GenMedX

    Hello everyone, it’s Monday!! I hope you all have a great week ahead 🙂 Keep checking here for updates! We will be updating this thread with relevant sources. If you have a question, want to start a discussion or simply need an advice, this is the right place.

  • #5845


    Welcome to the thread specifically for pre-GCSE pupils aged 13-16.

    Here you can ask questions you have about careers in health careers and share your experience of GCSE’s.