Graduation Success for Award-winning Medical Student
Celebrating success at Queen’s today (Monday 3 July) is Patrick Hickland, from Glenavy who is graduating with a Bachelors of Medicine from the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences.
Throughout his six years at the University, Patrick has been a model student going above and beyond the expected, one of the reasons for which he won the Medical Student Leadership Award at the 18th Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards.
Always striving to do his utmost, Patrick even decided to take on an additional or intercalated degree in Medical Science between his third and fourth year of his medical degree, adding another string to his bow.
During one of his placements as a medical student at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Patrick took an interest in looking at services for pregnant women whose babies were breech. Initially this was a standard audit but it soon developed into a quality improvement project, with it currently being prepared as a research paper.
Patrick said: “This opportunity arose thanks to the support I received and the skills I developed during my time at Queen’s. The prospect of having my work published to be read by other healthcare professionals is an exciting one.”
No stranger to awards, Patrick was granted the Wendy Savage Travel Bursary from the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) enabling him to present this work at their forum and subsequently at a national conference.
He added: “I was delighted to receive this award, pleased that my hard work paid off. I know I wouldn’t have got so far if it wasn’t for the support of staff throughout the university who were always willing to lend an ear and encourage me. I’m sad that such a rewarding and enjoyable six years at Queen’s has come to an end though I’m very much looking forward to starting work as a doctor.”
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