James Chan

International Health and Medicine

James is currently studying medicine and hopes to continue with his clinical training when he graduates. He’s also considering going on to do a master’s.

What do you hope to go on and do when you graduate from the University of Leeds?

After graduation I plan to continue clinical training, and explore other avenues such as development, health economics and policy, and public health. I am seriously considering studying for a Masters.

What skills and attributes do you think you've gained from your course far?

I have developed my confidence and skills to speak to people from all walks of life, a professional attitude to work and helping others. I've also begun to gain specialist medical knowledge, but importantly recognise my limitations. I've also had a chance to build on my presentation skills and writing skills. Through reading, I have developed my critical thinking.

What skills and attributes do you think you've gained from co-curricular activities?

Participating in co-curricular activities has given me an insight and skills in working in formal committee environments and interacting with other disciplines to achieve common goals. My public speaking and academic knowledge have improved. I've improved my ability to work with others in teams, managing projects, fundraising, leadership, and perspective of the world.

How will these skills and attributes help you achieve what you want to do when you graduate?

I am confident when approaching others, networking with others, and I have a better idea of how to use the relationships I have with others to achieve what I want. Teamwork, management and leadership skills are key in many disciplines including in medicine. I understand the importance of developing good relationships with others, to help each other, and to not be afraid to ask for help from others, when it comes to progressing to meet aims. Being able to speak to audiences will be important if I become involved, publicly, for making yourself and your ideas heard. By educating myself in other areas from politics to philosophy and economics, I will be able to speak with greater legitimacy and authority, if I were to pursue a career in public policy or in advocacy.

What has been your proudest moment while studying at Leeds?

This could be perhaps when I donned my smart shirt, tie, white coat and stethoscope for the first time and went to see a patient at the hospital in my second year. For the first time, I felt like I was learning not to just pass my exams and to obtain a degree, but that I was learning skills that would allow me to help people as a medical doctor in their time of need.

How do you think you are benefiting from studying at Leeds?

I'm really benefiting from the diversity of students, who have made me challenge what I think and believe whilst I've been here. It's also a fantastic place to live and I've really enjoyed getting to know the city and its residents.