The North Manchester Medical Careers Day provided our year 10 attendees with a superb insight into what it takes to become a doctor. The venue, this year, was Parrenthorn High School. The action packed afternoon and evening provided the students with a valuable mix of interactive workshops and whole group presentations, to ensure they were fully engaged.
The day run by MCS projects Ltd, began with a comprehensive presentation on Medical School, covering: Which ones should students apply to? What are the differences? What qualifications do I need and what counts as good work experience? Admission tests were also explained.
Workshop one was a diagnostics exercise, the students thoroughly enjoyed questioning a patient and looking at his symptoms to provide answers and a course of action to treat the patients.
Medical ethics was next as students tried to: do good, do no harm, recognise autonomy and be fair in their judgments, with regard to providing treatment to patients. This led to some lively discussion and cases were acted out in short drama sketches.
The last workshop provided valuable CPR skills and also how to manage a choking patient, letting students use the equipment to perform the tasks.
The final whole group session featured a vast array of medical students and a doctor who answered a raft of questions prepared by all the students. A doctor brought the session to a close by getting the students to explain and understand the huge variety of roles in healthcare and a personal story by a medical student ensured that the students left inspired.
This had been a unique opportunity to have so many medical students available to lead and share their experiences with our students. Our students left fully appreciative of this immersive event.