Activities

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:

E.M.A

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.

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Diagnostics

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.

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Anatomy

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.

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Medical Ethics

The young people consider three real-life medical scenarios in which ethical questions have arisen. Medical students outline the four principles of Medical Ethics, and discuss with the young people how they relate to the scenarios. Finally, the teams role play each scenario.

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