Medicine Matters 2014

A hundred prospective doctors and dentists from schools across Redbridge descended upon Bancroft’s on Wednesday 22 October for a special preview into life as a “medic”.  The year 12 pupils who came from, amongst others Wanstead County High, Seven Kings Hill, Oaks Park High School, Beal High School, Woodford County High, Ilford County High and Bancroft’s itself, are all considering medical careers and the day gave an invaluable insight into different courses and institutions as well as offering lots of practical advice.

Sessions were led by academics and students from Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry which had organised the day as an outreach event for Redbridge pupils  This Medicine Matters event has been run at Bancroft’s School for the past 6 years and has always proved extremely popular as well as being a useful eye-opener.  It was also great to see a couple of OBs, who are now studying Medicine or Dentistry, present to share their experiences.

Professor Kim Piper, Head of Admissions at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, gave first-hand advice on entry requirements and choosing a medical school.  There was a session on immunology from the Centre of the Cell at Queen Mary University of London and a question and answer forum with current Medical and Dentistry Students.  For many the highlight of the day was a series of clinical skills workshops which gave plenty of opportunities for hands-on experience: including the chance to listen to the heart and lungs of a real “patient, to practice the delicate art of suturing and even to take some blood: thankfully only from a plastic arm! 

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