Summer school doctors celebrate graduation 

21/07/2015 00:00 
Surgical skills, medical ethics, life in the emergency department: Students who dream of becoming the NHS professionals of the future joined a summer school with a difference at UCLH.
“The course covers a wide breadth and there’s been an air of excitement among the students." - Course manager Diane Whyte

The week-long, residential course which included workshops, clinical simulations, lectures and visits to hospital departments is helping to provide a realistic insight into the skills and personal qualities needed for a career in healthcare.

Of the 28 year 11 and 12 students on the course, 19 are attending through the Widening Participation Programmes of the Social Mobility Foundation, the Mullany Fund and the UCL Access Programme. The students are from the across the country; as near as NW1 and as far as Swansea and Glasgow.

One of the most popular sessions was in the endoscopic simulation suite.
Sami Raza, aged 17 from Birmingham, admitted it wasn’t as easy as it looked. “It takes great skill and great eye-to-hand co-ordination!”

Osman Osman agreed. The 17 year old from Edgware added: “I would like to be a hospital doctor – but not a surgeon. I’m no good at this!”

During the week, students were talking with UCLH doctors, nurses, midwives, clinical specialists and community healthcare workers to find out what each job entails. Lecturers from UCL, London South Bank University and St George’s also gave them tips on how to make their university applications stand out from the crowd. They have also toured hospital departments and been involved in a debate about medical ethics.

Course manager Diane Whyte said: “The course covers a wide breadth and there’s been an air of excitement among the students.

“The emphasis is on the importance of team work and how every health professional must work with others and not in isolation.”

The course has been generously supported by grants from the UCLH Charity and the Royal College of Physicians.

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