17 June 2019

My UEA Story: Laura Sumner

Norwich Medical School Alumni

Laura Sumner, Paediatric Registrar (Graduated 2007)

The course prepared me to be adaptable, which you need to be in the medical profession.

How has your career developed since graduating?

My career has taken me from working as a house officer in the UK, to working as a paediatric registrar in Brisbane, Australia where I have lived for the past four years.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your current role or your greatest career achievement so far?

I love working with children and families. My greatest achievement is passing the college exams last year and now being an advanced trainee in paediatrics.

What steps did you take in finding employment?

I was employed via a recruitment agency I met at the British Medical Association careers fair in London.

What are the key skills you learnt at UEA?

Studying Medicine at UEA I gained a lot of clinical and communication skills. The course prepared me to be adaptable, which you need to be in the medical profession.

How have these skills or your course made a difference in your career?

These skills have allowed me to work in different environments and countries, and given me the confidence to strive to achieve and excel.

Why did you choose to study at UEA rather than another institution?

I chose UEA as I was keen to try a new course and be part of the school.

Do you have any tips or advice for current students or recent graduates?

Don't make excuses - if you want to do something or go somewhere, just do it!

Have you undertaken any further training or obtained any further qualifications?

Diploma in Children's Health, FRACP exams paediatrics.