So, as it has been a little while, I will give a brief run down on all the wonderful things I have seen.Child Development
I spent time with the child development team assessing children for all manner of conditions and syndromes. I spent a couple hours pretending to be a monkey to see if autistic children could appreciate my "imaginative play". I don't know whether they could put I got a pat on the head for my ability to interact with paediatric patients.Neurology
Another week was spent at a stroke rehabilitation centre where I was asked by the consultant to see two of his patients - the first with physical impairment and the second with aphasia. The second of these proved a real test of both the patient and my own ability to communicate and (more importantly) our patience. This was a real eye opener for me and something I will give consideration to over the coming weeks.Oncology
I have only spent three days with oncology so far and this has been the best learning experience I have had since starting my clinical placements two years ago. I have improved my knowledge of cancer and its managment many times over and by the end of this three week block I intend to have a wroking knowledge of the oncological emergencies - spinal cord compression, etc.
I had previously never given consideration to a career in oncology and although I am still keen on my anaesthetics and respiratory medicine it is dfinitely an area of medicine I will keep in my "options bank".