Reflection on the Presentation delivered by Dr Henry Walton (OF) ‘The Realities of Being a Doctor’ by Felstedians Konstantin, Maja, Shesh and Deborah
Dr. Henry Walton (fc 94-07) came back to Felsted School and delivered an excellent presentation to the Medical Society about being a doctor and the medical journey from the eyes of someone experiencing it.
The Medical Society meets in Courtauld Lab where thirteen years ago Dr Walton had been studying A level Biology. He started off by showing us a typical medical career path and then told us about his journey since Felsted, which started at Magdalen College, Cambridge. It was emphasised that not everyone adheres to the usual pathway and that there are options such as alternative careers, part-time working and time out of training.
He made it clear that if you really want something and you work at it you can achieve it and that if you think that there is only one right way for you even this might change. Lots of factors may affect you and sometimes you might have to take a break and rethink what your preferences are. A typical fortnight in A and E and also at NHS England was outlined and he then spoke about an example of a busy night shift with an array of cases and accompanying incidents in A and E.
Particularly interesting were his thoughts and emotions surrounding each task. The ‘good bits and less good bits’ were summarised and especially thought provoking were the cases which he will never forget. It showed how important resilience is when we face challenges.
The talk showed me some of the common misconceptions about being a doctor and gave me more insight about what is involved in the job itself.
We found the talk truly inspirational and that the day-to-day life of an A&E is such an intense profession. His work illustrated how doctors need to work under pressure and make the right decisions, have great responsibility and meaning to their lives. It made us realise how greatly satisfying the job of a doctor is, even if that means making great sacrifices to your personal life.
Before Dr. Walton talked to us I thought that if I wanted to become a doctor there is only one way to do so and how to become happy, but he showed me that I am wrong. Looking back to the journey and seeing what you achieved even though you wavered sometimes is the important part and what it means to be happy.