Ever thought you’d get to watch brain surgery during your work placement? Well, that’s exactly what Maymunah Malik from Manchester did during her placement!!

Maymunah is part of the cohort of students we’re delighted to be supporting through our delivery partner, the Social Mobility Foundation.  In our latest student blog, Maymunah shares her dreams for a career in medicine, and her thoughts on how our support is transforming her future:

“The Social Mobility Foundation has provided the primary stepping stones to help me establish a successful career in Medicine.

 The biggest highlight of my SMF journey was observing open brain surgery whilst shadowing acute and chronic care doctors at Salford Royal Hospital. Reflecting on my experiences in a clinical setting, enabled me to identify and understand the essential qualities behind a good doctor: communication, empathy and resilience. In particular, witnessing the multidisciplinary team in action in surgery, reaffirmed my determination to become an emergency doctor.

 Alongside providing insights into working life, the SMF invited me to workshops and discussion groups with inspiring professionals, which enhanced my ability to discuss topical issues. Besides medicine-specific workshops, the SMF has supported my application to prestigious universities by arranging for Oxbridge subject-tutors to provide specialist advice on tailoring a successful academic profile. 

Initially, the prospect of applying to Medicine was incredibly daunting, especially considering the low rate of higher education progression from young people from my background. Regardless of whether I am successful applicant, the nurture I have received from the SMF team has moulded me into a confident, ambitious and passionate individual. It is proof that social mobility is key to unlocking a brighter future.”

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