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St John Rigby College played host to the annual West Manchester Medical Day with Year 10, 11 and 12 students from Standish, St John Fisher, St Bede’s Our Lady Queen of Peace, St Peter’s and Ellesmere Park High Schools and St John Rigby College in attendance.
During the day the entry requirements for medical schools were outlined including the academic expectations, interview processes and admissions tests. Current medical students described their experiences of study at university and on placement. The young people then worked together on practical medically-related activities led by the University students. These included CPR, medical ethics and a diagnostic activity. Finally, practicing medics described their work and answered questions from the young people.
Dave Gent, Assistant Principal at St John Rigby College, said: “The pupils who attended had a fantastic opportunity not only to develop some clinical skills but also to gain information about the application process and hear first-hand what life as a doctor would be like after qualifying. These opportunities demonstrate the commitment of the college to provide prospective students with the best possible insight into their future careers.“
St John Rigby College offers a comprehensive programme of support for students who are considering a career in medicine and dentistry. This includes a guaranteed minimum of 30 hours of relevant work placement in a local hospital, in addition to preparation for the UKCAT and BMAT examinations. The skills and knowledge gained from this programme support students in their application to study at university.