Will Freake

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Will Freake

Professional Title: Junior Doctor

Companies and organisations: Dorset County Hospital;  University of Southampton; and Wessex Critical Care Programme

Session: Moral Injury in Trainees – Are We There Yet?

Will is a newly qualified Doctor – he’s sought experience in Pre-Hospital Care and Expedition Medicine throughout medical school and beyond. He combines working as an FY1 Doctor in Dorset; with bank work for the ambulance service; and teaching Pre-Hospital Medicine to undergraduate medical students at the University of Southampton.

During medical school, Will intercalated in Pre-Hospital Medicine in London where he observed London’s Air Ambulance dealing with numerous cases of major trauma. It is whilst studying with the team that his experience in Moral Injury was sparked, and he’ll be running a session at WEM21 looking at how we support students and juniors when they are involved with challenging incidents.

What he loves about Expedition Medicine?

  • It’s just Medicine, without the politics, rotas, or interdisciplinary fights – just diagnosis, stabilisation and care. Usually in pretty cool environments.

What’s his advice for students interested in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine?

  • Get involved in Event Medicine early as a student. You have a much more limited scope of practice working as a First Responder (or equivalent), but you get used to working autonomously up to the limits of your scope, before then escalating. This is undervalued preparation for transitioning from student to qualified HCP in due course.

Who should join in with his session at WEM21?

  • The session is aimed at both trainees and mentors of all disciplines, and aims to bring all those together for a discussion around where issues are struggling and how we can improve.

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