Dr Abigail Lewis – BMBS Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery graduate

Dr Abigail Lewis is currently working in John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, where the COVID-19 vaccine is being developed

My University experience came to an abrupt end due to the pandemic and I graduated early, joining NHS frontline staff on a respiratory ward. It was an honour and a privilege to step up during the pandemic, help colleagues and care for patients.

After graduating from the University of Plymouth in 2020, I'm currently working at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, where the COVID-19 vaccine is being developed.  

My 5 years at University were very happy times. I look back fondly on every session with the fantastic clinical skills team, the all-nighters to get Special Study Units finished and the celebrations after final year clinical skills exams. I got very involved with the other activities that Plymouth had to offer too – Dartmoor runs, beach walks, teaching the younger years and collaborations with other degrees.

During my years at University, I researched the history of women in medicine, including Dr Rosa Bale, the first female doctor and GP in the South-West of England. On International Women’s Day, I was invited to unveil a plaque to rename the John Bull lecture theatre in her honour. I implore all students who study within that lecture theatre to read up on her life!

My University experience came to an abrupt end due to the pandemic and I graduated early, joining NHS frontline staff on a respiratory ward. It was an honour and a privilege to step up during the pandemic, help colleagues and care for patients. It was a scary time for us all; however I felt confident and capable as a result of working hard throughout my degree.

The hardest part about being a doctor is the stress of work and having situations stick in your mind even when the working day is done. It is always useful to speak about your emotions and I find that as soon as I have discussed the situation, I usually feel much better about it.

I am unsure what the future holds for me career-wise and am sure that life will lead me up some unexpected avenues. At the moment I am considering Neurology, however as a student I really loved the fast-paced Emergency Department at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth and the really inspiring staff there who were great teachers.

I am in touch with many people from my time at University; the friends I met and the lecturers who have since become friends. I will forever be grateful to the University of Plymouth for the best years of my life so far. I have grown and matured into the person, and professional, I always wanted to be.

I am very proud to be Dr Abigail Lewis and a Plymouth graduate.

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With patient experience and student satisfaction at its heart, the University of Plymouth's BMBS Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery course is a hands-on, forward-thinking degree from one of England’s top four medical schools. 

You will gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to become an outstanding doctor primed for tomorrow’s healthcare needs. Nurturing critical thinking and a caring approach to your medical practice, we’ll help you develop the clinical and communication, teamwork and leadership skills for a top career in medicine.

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