During our three week break between finishing the second rotation and starting the full PhD project I decided to work the Edinburgh International Science Festival. The idea was to improve my science communication, meet some new people and make a bit of extra money. I definitely did all of those things but had no idea just how tired i would be at the end!
Our group led small-group workshops for kids about ER, pretending we had a patient to do surgeries on. The kids ALWAYS wanted to call him Bob… do they all hate Bobs and wish them awful accidents? Or want to save all Bobs and only Bobs?
We were teaching them all about the human body, about preventing infections and had fun handling some real medical equipment. It was maybe a bit too real for lots of them as we had a fair amount of people feeling faint… clearly my theatrics were effective.
I learnt lots about keeping an audience engaged and being able to handle different types of groups. Some of the initially more challenging kids ended up being my most rewarding after I got them into the whole drama of the story and asked them questions to get them involved.
The other members of Team ER kept me sane and motivated through the hectic festival so thanks to these girls!