Pupils are given a healthy ex­po­sure to ca­reers in medicine

The Oban Times - - News -

NHS High­land has wel­comed the first two groups of se­condary school pupils for this year’s Doc­tors at Work pro­gramme.

The pro­gramme, which has been run­ning for five years, gives pupils an in­valu­able in­sight into their cho­sen ca­reer and an un­der­stand­ing of the re- al­i­ties of work­ing in a hos­pi­tal. The pro­gramme is go­ing from strength to strength and with a record num­ber of ap­pli­cants it will now be run­ning five times across the year.

Dr Emma Wat­son, di­rec­tor of med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion for NHS High­land, said the pro­gramme has been a suc­cess and has also in­creased the num­ber of stu­dents from High­land be­ing ac­cepted into med­i­cal schools.

She said: ‘The pro­gramme is a five- day work place­ment for pupils who are in­tend­ing to ap­ply for medicine. This year we have 40 stu­dents over the five weeks, most of whom are from the High­land Coun­cil re­gion but we have also wel­comed stu­dents from the West­ern Isles.

‘Those tak­ing part get to ex­pe­ri­ence a va­ri­ety of clin­i­cal set­tings, in­clud­ing wards, the­atres and clin­ics across a whole range of spe­cial­i­ties such as sur­gi­cal, or­thopaedics, di­ag­nos­tics and medicine.

‘The stu­dents also have the op­por­tu­nity to talk to med­i­cal stu­dents who are work­ing in the hos­pi­tal and can give them an in­sight on what their med­i­cal school life will be like.’

His­tor­i­cally, High­land pupils have been at a dis­ad­van­tage when com­pet­ing for places in medicine and health­care ca­reers but this trend is be­gin­ning to change. Since 2012, 63 per cent of pupils who have taken part in this pro­gramme and then ap­plied for med­i­cal school have been suc­cess­ful.

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