Hi! My name is Rachel, and I’m a 5th year medical student at the University of Cambridge. I’m co-leading the paediatrics Portfolio & Careers project. I have built up my interest in paediatrics throughout medical school, volunteering with lots of schemes to work with children both in and outside the clinical setting. I absolutely love how varied paediatrics is as a specialty; it really has something for every interest! I have also found paediatric teams to be highly collaborative, something which I would like to be part of in my future career. However, I have encountered lots of confusion and misconceptions about the paediatric training pathway. As a medical student, it can be very hard to find the right information and contacts to help you build your interest in paediatrics. I would like to make this much easier for those interested in the specialty.
My name’s Ehsaan and I have finally graduated from Imperial, and I’m really excited to start F1 this summer. I also lead the @BecomingaDr Tutorials Project. All my adult life I’ve loved working with kids, and whether it’s been as a tutor, a nanny, or a mentor, I’ve always tried to find a way to involve children in my work. With children and young people, I have had some of the funniest, heartfelt, or simply unique experiences of my whole life; and I wanted this to continue throughout my whole career. In med school I found that everyone was always talking about getting portfolio points for your CMT/CST/IMT/FBI/CIA applications, but I never really got any guidance on how to build a good paediatric portfolio.
We are really excited to bring you lots of material to help you build an interest in a career in paediatrics, as well as your CV. This includes:
- Blogs and podcasts from paediatricians, to give a taster of what it’s like to work in paediatrics
- Information on the Paediatric specialty training pathway
- Signposting to courses and conferences to help you build your portfolio
- Ideas for research/quality improvement projects in paediatrics
- Inspiration for paediatric-themed SSCs and electives
- Tips to help you make the most of your paediatrics placement.
We really hope you find this helpful, whether you are just curious or have your heart set on a career in paediatrics! If you have any questions or ideas, we would love to hear them; please just get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com).