Sixty future doctors were welcomed into College yesterday to take part in the St John Rigby annual Classroom Medics event, which proved to be an overwhelming success.
Pupils from a number of our partner high schools had the opportunity to gain experience of using medical equipment to investigate and diagnose a number of health conditions.
The pupils were kept busy all day taking pictures of their retinas, recording and analysing ECGs and taking ultrasound scans. The students also took blood with real needles from a patient simulator, and used the simulator to diagnose medical conditions.
At the end of the afternoon, the students watched a number of interactive video clips which illustrated some of the more invasive diagnostic techniques carried out within the NHS.
One of the students participating in the day said “It was fantastic to use the kind of equipment I will experience if I eventually make it into medicine.”
Dave Gent, Head of Division, who organised the event said, “It is fantastic to see such enthusiastic students being inspired through these sessions to seriously consider a career in the Health Service. The pupils who attended yesterday will be returning in the autumn term to follow a specially designed programme of events to prepare them for Higher Education.”