Schools event puts medical careers in spotlight

​​​​​​​School pupils have been gaining valuable insights into how doctors work as part of an initiative aimed at widening access into studying medicine.

The University hosted nearly 40 fifth-year pupils to the career day, which was organised jointly with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

The event – So you want to be a Doctor? – was aimed at 16 and 17-year-olds who are involved in the University’s "Access to the Professions (with Reach: Scotland)" project.

Wider initiative

The project, which is part of Edinburgh’s ongoing widening participation initiative, encourages school students to pursue careers in medicine, law and veterinary medicine.

Participants attended a range of talks and workshops aimed at enhancing their understanding of the medical profession.

Speakers included a current medical student and a junior medical doctor, both of whom had participated in "Access to the Professions (with Reach: Scotland)" while at school.

Further presentations were given by a range of medical specialists and the University’s medicine admissions team.

Hands-on experience

The event provided students with hands-on experience and outlined the key skills needed on the job.

Professor Rowan Parks, vice-president of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh and Professor of Surgical Sciences, opened the event.

He provided an insight into his career and encouraged pupils to consider pursuing a career in medicine.

They also took part in interactive workshops on laparoscopy, communication and ethics. They ended the day with a tour of the Surgeon’s Hall Museum.

The event provides inspiration and motivation to a future generation of doctors with the core aim of widening access into medicine.
Ryan HamiltonWidening Participation Officer

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