The Life of a Neurosurgeon

13 November 2020

Kicking off a new series of virtual STEM seminars, our Upper School students, as well as Sixth Formers across the GDST, were invited to a webinar with Dr Jay Jayamohan, established Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon and author of Everything That Makes Us Human: Case Notes of a Children’s Brain Surgeon – his compelling and poignant memoir which brings the highs and lows of the operating theatre into vivid life.

Opening a window onto the specialism of neurosurgery, Dr Jayamohan provided insightful and intriguing anecdotes about his life and career. From his student days to his current work at the John Radcliffe Hospital, his stories gave a taste of the realities of being a doctor, aided by some rather graphic surgical images and videos that certainly weren’t for the faint of heart!

In medicine, not everyone will want to do surgery – and that is absolutely OK. There will be a place in the medical field for you, whether you’re the chatty type, or you like dealing with numbers, or you prefer to work in the lab.

The seminar concluded with a Q&A session which conjured up a host of thought-provoking and stimulating questions, from dealing with the stresses of surgeries to medical ethics.

Thank you Dr Jayamohan for this fascinating talk and for sharing your bank of knowledge. It has certainly given our students some food for thought about pursuing a medical career.


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