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.
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.
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.