Medical career taster for pupils
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”