Buket's medical training also taught her leadership skills
Buket Ertansel, who graduates from Brighton and Sussex Medical School today (10 July,2013) starts her career as a doctor at Worthing Hospital in August, and hopes to pursue a career in surgery. During her time at BSMS, she had taken on a number of roles, in addition to a challenging five-year degree, which have developed her leadership skills.
As MedSoc President in 2009-10, she led a large committee to deliver social events, as well as supporting around 25 clubs and societies for medical students. BSMS medical students study for five years, including three years based away from the university campus in hospitals and clinics across Sussex. The MedSoc is therefore the centre of student social life working with both students’ unions to organise activities specifically aimed at medical students.
She was also President of the Paediatric Society, which in 2013, held the first national paediatric student conference at BSMS. Over 230 delegates attended the two day event, and speakers included a number of BSMS academics and clinicians from local hospitals and even a world-renowned surgeon from Great Ormond Street Hospital - the UK’s leading children’s hospital.
Buket says of her time: “I have been honoured to have trained at BSMS and will be extremely sad to part from the wonderful people I’ve met during her time here. Having already undertaken a degree I thought that medical school would be much of the same but for a longer duration…how wrong could I be. Medical school not only teaches you a multitude of academic subjects but it prepares you emotionally and physically for a career as a doctor. At BSMS we have been afforded many opportunities to gain additional experience in the world of research and to further engage in subspecialties that may interest us. The position allowed me to further my experience in organisation and leadership, which I wouldn't have otherwise been able to do. Graduating from BSMS has been one of my greatest achievements and I hope to take with me the important teachings to wherever I continue my training.”