Medical Careers Days are arranged across the UK for Year 10 and 11 students that are interested in applying to Medical School. A typical event begins with medical students delivering a presentation about how to apply to Medical School. Young people then undertake three activities which are led by current medical students. At the end of the day there is a Q&A session and a practising medic talks about their work. Young people also receive a handout with guidance about applying to medical school, and notes about the activities.
In 2019, 98% of the teachers and 94% of the young people that attended our Medical Days considered them to have been ‘good’ or ‘very good’.
Below is a video and an outline of our typical activities:
Emergency Medical Assistance. Using professional resuscitation dummies, the young people practice CPR and recovery position. Medical students also show them how to assist a person who is choking.
New scenarios for 2020. Medical students lead young people through two scenarios that could arise in an A&E ward. The young people initially question the patients to determine their symptoms. They then examine blood pressure, oxygen levels, peak flow rate and an ECG to determine how they would have responded.
The young people investigate the brain, and look at what is being done to support patients with brain injuries. A plastic claw is used to show how nerves impulses can be used to control external devices. They then see how the latest prosthetic limbs can be directed by a patient’s brain.