Cumbria Crack

Opportunity to get ‘hands-on’ at medical careers event

Dr Louise Buchanan

An event will seek to inspire local school students into studying medicine.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust will be hosting it’s sixth annual ‘Career in Medicine’ event on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 June at the James George Education Centre, Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle.

The event invites local school students from across years 11-13 who are considering studying medicine the chance to meet senior and junior medical staff and to gain top tips for medical school entry. The event is also open to anybody who has already left school and is considering studying medicine as a postgraduate degree. All those attending should either attend school or be primarily a resident in the areas the Trust’s two hospitals (the Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven) serve.

Last year around 40 aspiring medical students attended from across the north, west and east of the county including Whitehaven, Keswick, Wigton, Penrith and Carlisle. The feedback received from the students after the event was very positive, their comments included:

I enjoyed the workshops activities the most as I found them all very interesting and fun
I liked seeing a wide range of areas and learning hands-on
The cardiology talk was very interesting and the use of the images was good at giving us an idea of what was taking place
This year’s event will feature a series of interactive sessions and workshops held by the Trust’s top clinicians. Topics will include: cardiology, trauma, orthopaedics (saw bone), obstetrics (childbirth and midwifery), endoscopy, laparoscopy, and ear nose and throat.Dr Louise Buchanan, consultant cardiologist and course director, said: “I am thrilled we are able to offer the event for another year. I grew up in west Cumbria and want to encourage as many people as possible from the area to pursue a career in medicine.

“It takes a lot of hard work to become a doctor but medicine is a hugely rewarding career and the opportunities it offers are outstanding.

“This is a very rare chance, to be able to chat with practising doctors and get top tips on medical school entry so if you’re thinking of studying medicine it can’t be missed.”

If you are interested in attending the event, you must ensure you book a place which is on a first-come, first-served basis. You will require confirmation from your head of sixth form or if you are an undergraduate, you will be required to demonstrate the grades you have received so far. For more information, please contact Lyn Coulthard 01228 814089 or email [email protected] by 17 May 2019.

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