July 31, 2008

Medical Insight for Students

By Tony Deeley

EXAM students from Dudley high schools and colleges gained a valuable insight into the medical profession, thanks to a new hospital-based work experience scheme.

A total of 35 students aged 16 and 17 faced stiff competition to bag one of the limited spaces on the scheme, which comprised two, five-day sessions.

All had a taste of what it was like to work in an acute hospital.

The students spent their time in areas such as the emergency assessment unit, pathology, respiratory medicine, radiology and the clinical skills laboratory, as well as being given advice and interview tips on medical school applications.

Fhezan Ashraf, age 16, who is awaiting his GCSE results from Pedmore Technology College, said: "The whole week was really interesting. I particularly enjoyed seeing the cardiology department and using the demonstration equipment to try out practical skills like cannulation."

Abby Henderson and Katy Francis, both aged 17 and studying A- Levels at Old Swinford Hospital School, agreed that meeting patients and viewing real procedures was the highlight of their week.

Atiq Rehman, consultant vascular surgeon and clinical sub dean of the Trust's undergraduate centre, said: "We were pleased to welcome the enthusiastic young students into the hospital and hope it has inspired them to pursue their career in medicine."

He added: "The scheme has proved so successful we are looking forward to running the programme again next year."

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