Med­i­cal ca­reer taster for pupils

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS -

Pupils from across the High­lands have taken part in a “So you want to be a doc­tor?” event or­gan­ised by the Clin­i­cal Skills Cen­tre.

It al­lows pupils to at­tend work­shops that give them hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence sim­i­lar to what med­i­cal stu­dents have in their train­ing.

The yearly event sees pupils un­der­tak­ing a range of clin­i­cal skills ac­tiv­i­ties un­der the su­per­vi­sion of doc­tors and clin­i­cal skills work­ers from NHS High­land, Aberdeen Uni­ver­sity Med­i­cal School and Dundee Uni­ver­sity.

Feed­back this year has been ex­cel­lent, with the large ma­jor­ity of those who at­tended find­ing the event worth­while and key to help­ing them de­cide if a ca­reer in health­care is for them.

Ailsa Arm­strong, clin­i­cal skills ed­u­ca­tor, said the day can be con­sid­ered as of­fer­ing as­pects of “work ex­pe­ri­ence” and “re­search­ing a ca­reer in medicine” which those in­ter­ested in a ca­reer in medicine should be able to demon­strate.

She said: “There was op­por­tu­nity for those tak­ing part to learn about sur­gi­cal in­ter­ven­tion; su­tur­ing skills; pa­tient man­age­ment, they also got to carry out some prac­ti­cal pro­ce­dures as well as learn­ing about roles that may not have crossed their mind be­fore.”

Kevin Baird, con­sul­tant or­thopaedic sur­geon for NHS High­land, said: “We want to do ev­ery­thing we can to en­cour­age pupils who have an in­ter­est in medicine.

“By hold­ing th­ese events and sim­i­lar in High­land we’re help­ing them gain ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge which can only help them if they do in­deed go on to ap­ply to med­i­cal school, and if they do our hope is that they will come back to the area and work.”

“We’re help­ing them gain ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge”

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