24 lucky students aged 16-17 from across the country and overseas embarked on a five day residential programme to learn about what goes on in the world of healthcare in July.
The programme, in its eighth year, is supported by UCLH Charity and designed to provide aspiring clinicians who have just completed their GCSEs with real life insight, to help guide and inform decisions about their career path.
Shirine-Elise Yasse, Education Centre Event Manager, who helps run the scheme, said that this year’s group was “wonderfully diverse”, with talented young people from all different backgrounds from all around the UK and overseas including Turkey, Dubai and France.
Shirine explained that with the help of UCLH Charity and educational charities, The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF), Into University and the Mullany Fund, 16 of the 24 children came from less privileged backgrounds and this is in line with the Governments widening participation agenda.
The five day course consists of lectures and practical workshops covering topics including a speed dating concept for a career in healthcare, medical ethics, and a surgical skills workshop. During the latter part of the programme, the students are challenged to test their newly found skills whilst on work placement in a UCLH clinical area and out of hours the students seen the sights of London and even watched the World Cup.
Feedback from the attendees was excellent, with many commenting how the scheme has provided them with invaluable insight into a career in healthcare. Meagan Arantxa Neves from Glasgow said, “This has been a once in a lifetime event and I've learnt so much from it - both about myself and medicine as a career.”
Laiba Shah, from Birmingham said, “All the talks were so interesting and I could genuinely imagine myself pursuing medicine- especially after the two placement days.”
Shirine also makes an effort to follow up with students to see how the programme can make a difference for the students long-term. Modar Emkidh, who attended the course in 2016, has recently accepted an unconditional offer for medicine at Dundee University. He said, “What the programme mostly helped me with is increasing my excitement to go into medicine… I explored other areas within the medical career that I had never heard of before.”
Shirine concludes, “Catching up with students who have attended the course and are pursuing a career in medicine reinforces how valuable it is to the students.”
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