Carolina Bombini Ferro Keelite of the Month November 2013

2006 Medicine

Carol Bombini with ambulance What am I doing now?

I am a Medical Doctor in São Paulo - Brazil, working at Paediatrician Area of two Private Hospitals and at my own Private Paediatrician Practice. Most of the time, I work at the Accidents and Emergencies Department, but I also visit the wards and follow the children at the practice for a proper neuro, physical and psychological development.

Photo left: Carol at University Hospital of North Staffordshire

How did you get to where you are now?

My whole professional career started when I was about 16-17 years old when I was already pretty much sure that I was born to attend Medical School – that I started when I was around 19-20 years old. From that point on, I’ve attended a 6 years Medical School course here in Brazil, during which I was permitted to go to Staffordshire for Elective Placements - Teaching and Practical lectures at Keele University, which I knew through my Mom, who at the time was living and working in Stoke-on-Trent. I left Keele in 2005, the year in which I also graduated in Brazil, and started specialising in Paediatrics – what took me another 4 years.

Carol Bombini Doctor What has been your biggest achievement so far?  

I think to reach and go through all the long way of a Medical Career has definitely been one of my biggest achievements so far. It is a very challenging area, full of difficult moments, but also very rewarding. And having had the chance to join Keele University during my studies, was a priceless life opportunity for me once it helped me a lot to become who I am, opening my eyes for a much wider life experiences.

Photo right: Carol with Mr V Jasani

And your biggest mistake?

I reckon our lives are full of rights and wrongs, hits and mistakes, that all together help us to build a very fundamented story, and that it is down to us to learn with all experiences and try to reach and keep the good side of it, and transform the bad or sad ones, to build a better life! I would say that personally I am very emotional and sensitive and that sometimes it can be confusing. I could tell my big mistakes are always based when my “Sense and Sensibility” are mixed up – as Jane Austen could agree – turning a not even so important thing into a huge event.
What are your ambitions now?

I could easily say that I am not a very ambitious person. All I always wanted was to have a confortable way of life, doing what I always wanted for living. I couldn’t even think about any other thing to do besides being a doctor – and keep getting the comfortable and warm feeling that you can help someone who needs you, specially when we talk about kids. Being there to advise, to be the one someone relies on, to treat, try the cure or at least take the pain away of someone, for me, will always be a nice goal.

Carol Bombini at UHNS What advice would you give to someone wanting to work in a similar field?  

I guess after all I have been saying above, my biggest advice for someone who is intending to become a doctor I would say is: take it as it was your life, your ministry, put all your efforts into that, don’t wobble, and always follow your heart.

Photo left: Carol at University Hospital of North Staffordshire

What made you choose Keele University?  

By the time I was intending to attend Elective Placements in England, my Mom was currently living and working in Staffordshire, in Stoke-on-Trent, and she was introduced to Keele University by some friends (the Harrisons). Since then we take each other as Family, once we got really close, and every single year we visit each other. We visited Keele and read about all its heritage, and really liked the Campus, and the friendly staff that always received us so well!

What kind of a student were you?  

I was always a quite hard worker, really put myself into the books, but always enjoyed having a breae while enjoying my friends' company, travelling and meeting different cultures and people all around.

Carol Bombini at Keele Medical School How has Keele influenced your life?

Keele has changed my life in many ways. After I finished the several placements I was able to apply to work at the City General Hospital and North Staffordshire Hospitals. I noticed that my eyes were wide open for all the possibilities life was offering me. The instruction, the lessons for work and for life, the different ways of thinking and facing daily facts and, most of all, the acknowledgments they gave me were definitely life changing.

Photo left: Carol at Keele Medical School

What is your favourite memory of Keele?

The Gorgeous Campus! The green grass, the picnics, the calm and quiet environment when we needed so, the infrastructure we got there, the Students' Union, the support everyone was always ready to give and most of all, everything I learnt from there! The team is fabulous!

What is your impression of Keele now?  

I would say I am a very lucky and proud person for having the opportunity to join for a period of my life, such a great and special University, and for having had the chance of being guided and polished by the Keele team! I am really proud and happy that Keele also gives us the opportunity to keep in touch and to follow the news monthly, giving us the feeling that we never ever left the Campus!

Anything else you would like to add?

I just want to thank you very much everyone for giving me the chance to be the Keelite of The Month and telling you my experiences at such a great University!

Carol visited Keele with her mother and "English brother" in August 2013 - below with JE at the Chancellor's Building, Library and the Concourse

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