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Pip Millington

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Favourite Thing: I love it how we can predict exactly when the International Space Station is going to pass overhead into view. I love watching that!

My CV

Education:

I went to Haybridge High School in Hagley, Worcestershire from 2001-2006. Then onto the University of Oxford 2006-2012. I’ve been studying at Imperial College London starting earlier this year

Qualifications:

BA(Hons) in Medical Sciences; BMBCh in Medicine

Work History:

I’ve worked as a doctor in York, Grimsby, Milton Keynes, and Oxford.

Current Job:

Paediatric Doctor (ST3)

Employer:

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

About Me

Paediatrics doctor, master’s student, guitar player, and general science enthusiast!

I am 29 years old. I live in Abingdon with my friend George, who is a physicist who works in scientific computing, and a cardboard cut-out of Ed Miliband. Most of the conversations in our house revolve around talking about all sorts of science!

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I’m a doctor, so my main link to science is through studying medicine at university and learning about what we know about how the human body works and how that plays a role in developing disease. I recently started studying for a Master’s degree in Genomic Medicine – that’s all about using the entirety of a person’s DNA (or genome) to try and work out how to diagnose and cure diseases and how to given people healthier lives!

I enjoy playing and writing music on the guitar and listen to all sorts of music but especially metal! I’m addicted to pizza and ice cream and eat it way more than I should >_<

I like to relax by going on epic journeys – I once went to Hong Kong by train!

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My other hobbies include snowboarding and juggling. My guilty pleasure is watching WWE.

My Work

I’m in my fifth year as a doctor, and third year traning in paediatrics.

I’ve been qualified as a doctor for over 4 years. Currently, I’m on an eight-year training programme to become a consultant paediatrician. This means that all of my patients are under 18 years old. At the moment I work in Milton Keynes where it’s my job to look after the kids and young people who come to hospital through A&E or via the GP and all the newborn babies who need medical attention.

Because I’m also researching genomic medicine, I learn all about how subtle changes in the DNA sequence of different people can result in big changes in why they might get different diseases, or what their bodies can or can’t do. We hope that in the future we can help people stay healthier for longer and treat lots of different diseases based on the secrets contained within their DNA.

My Typical Day

Review all the premature and sick babies and attend any emergency deliveries!

I work in rotations lasting a few months so currently I’m based on a neonatal unit where we look after all of the newborn babies who need extra care and attention because they are poorly and those who are just born too early. Sometimes I get emergency calls which means I have to births and help resuscitate the babies who don’t breathe very well after they’re born.

What I'd do with the money

Set up an child health event in my local area

I’d like to set up a one-day event in my local area where young people and their families can come and ask general questions about health and well-being and career paths from people like doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who work in their local area. £500 would allow me to publicise the event by sending out flyers and posters to schools and maybe provide a few nibbles!

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Zany music-loving geek

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Dream Theater

What's your favourite food?

Probably by mom’s beef stew follwed by some Ben & Jerry’s

What is the most fun thing you've done?

I built an igloo when I got snowed in in Iceland!

What did you want to be after you left school?

A doctor!

Were you ever in trouble at school?

I used to get in trouble for constantly making stupid puns during class

What was your favourite subject at school?

Maths – maths makes science possible!

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Saved someone’s life

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

Lord Professor Robert Winstone

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

I’d probably be a mathematician or in a rock band!

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

I wish I had more time to fit in all the things I like to do!

Tell us a joke.

I once bought a TV that was on sale for £1 because the volume was stuck all the way up – it was hard to turn it down

Other stuff

Work photos:

Sometimes I get to meet local mascots

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This was me signing into the I’m A Scientist live chat while standing up on a train – I call that dedication!

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