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 2017/18, 99% of the teachers and 93% 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.
A medical student and a teacher act as patients in an A&E ward. The young people question the patients in order to determine their symptoms and histories. Guided by the medical students, they undertake simple professional tests and consider X-rays and scans in order to make diagnoses.
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.