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An entrepreneurial opportunity in medicine

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Bio:

I am a fourth year medical student at Imperial College
London, currently studying for a BSc in Pharmacology.

I joined the MedShr team in the summer of 2015, which
transformed what could have been a very lazy two month break from university
into a productive and enjoyable time. I worked on the optimisation of the MedShr
App and was part of the effort to engage Healthcare Professionals with the
platform. As a medical student, MedShr greatly complements my clinical learning
and I have continued my involvement in expanding its scope, through my work as
an Editorial Assistant.

Born and raised in the lush pastures of Ireland, I am a
true nature lover. When I’m not studying, you can find me immersed in
practicing Spanish or lost in poetical musings.

What inspired you to study medicine?

I don’t remember
there being a pivotal moment in my life that inspired me to pursue medicine; it
was more the affinity I had for studying science and the desire to apply those
skills to make a tangible difference to people’s lives that naturally drew me
towards medicine. The lifelong journey of learning that encompasses a career in
medicine is an impetus to always strive for better.

What, in your opinion, is the greatest
concern for Healthcare Professionals (HCPs) in this day and age?

Modern medicine is
often hailed as the panacea for all ailments. This philosophy can place a great
burden on the shoulders of HCPs who strive to meet those expectations. Although
it’s human nature to push boundaries and try to achieve what hasn’t been
possible so far, I think many HCPs are frustrated at not being able to deliver
the quality of care they feel their patients need and deserve. This frustration
can breed resentment and negatively impact patient-physician relationships. The
sad irony comes from the realisation that these sentiments are born out of the desire
to do all that one can to help alleviate suffering.

Do you ever regret becoming a HCP?
Would you consider doing anything else?

The humility one
imbibes from being exposed to suffering and the rawest of human emotions makes
medicine an incredibly rewarding career and I haven’t looked back in regret at
the decision I made. Having said that, I have a passion for learning languages
so at some point in the future I would love to be able to work abroad and
amalgamate my love of languages with practicing medicine.

What makes you get out of bed in the
morning?

Although the
prospect of spending an extra few hours in my warm cocoon of a duvet is
extremely enticing, I can’t deny that waking up to a day full of fresh
experiences and challenges is far more satisfying in the long run.

What do you think about MedShr? Is it
useful for HCPs? If so, how?

Smart devices are rife
these days making MedShr an easily accessible platform for clinical discussion.
Imagine a typical day on the wards – a patient has an interesting constellation
of signs that you’d like to get a second opinion on or perhaps teach peers
about. Using MedShr is simple: gain patient consent through the App, snap a
photo and share with your professional network. I think MedShr is a brilliant
interface for case-based discussion. It’s simple, secure and effective and can
greatly advance medical education to improve the quality of care that patients
receive.

Who do you follow on Twitter / Facebook?

Quite a diverse
range of people – politicians, activists, sports personalities and comedians. Rafa
Nadal is at the top of my list!  

Tell us something unexpected about
yourself.

I’m incapable of
laughing without accompanying tears (of joy) streaming down my face.

If you had to describe yourself in
three words, what would they be?

Dependable,
reflective, conscientious.

If you could give one piece of advice
to young people thinking about studying medicine, what would it be?

There’s no denying
that you have to work hard – grades are important. But never abandon your
passions. Whatever it is that gives you a buzz, hold onto it tight and aim to
excel in it.  Remember that medicine is
an art. Those unique experiences you have along the way will enable you to
better serve your patients and ultimately become a far richer person.

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