Medical event inspires local students to choose a career in medicine

18 July 2018

The University’s Institute of Medical Sciences, at the Medway Campus, held a one-day event on Tuesday, 17 July to inspire teenagers into professions such as medicine, physiotherapy, paramedic science, radiography and speech and language therapy.

Around 120 students from Kent took part in activities and exercises at a University Medical Fayre. In small groups, students rotated around 13 medical stations in the Simulation Suite, taking part in interactive exercises, which were staffed by medical professionals from local hospitals.

Some of the station activities included accident and emergency and how to assess common emergencies like heart attacks and asthma attacks, surgical simulation and how surgeons undertake keyhole surgery, radiography and how x-rays are taken including ultrasound, CPR and the work of paramedics. 

The event demonstrated how the principle of science learned in schools – is transformed into real-life medical technology – and the practice of medicine and surgery. 

“I’ve really enjoyed today, especially the surgery and CPR stations. I didn’t know there were so many different aspects and specialities in medicine, said 15-year-old, Olivia from Towers School and Sixth Form Centre in Ashford. 

“There was someone who looks after the brain, someone who looks after the heart, eyes, ears and emergencies. It has definitely made me want to know more about medicine.” 

School teacher Mrs Nicoll, from Towers School and Sixth Form Centre, said: “It’s been an inspirational day for our students and it is so wonderful that the University has organised this especially local school children to experience. They have had the best day, you can see how much they have enjoyed it; I have never heard them ask so many questions! 

“It’s been so informative, with brilliant facilities and activities and has given our students the chance to discover about the many different areas of medicine, what they can study and the careers they can aspire to.”

The Simulation Suite, at the University’s Medway Campus, includes replica hospital wards, operating theatres, scrub room, surgical skills suite, occupational therapy rooms, X-ray and a physiotherapy department to give students a realistic environment to practise their skills and put their knowledge into practise whilst training. 

Professor Rahul Kanegaonkar from the University’s Institute of Medical Sciences, and a Consultant ENT Surgeon for the Medway NHS Foundation Trust, organised the event with the University’s Outreach Team. He said: “Our aim for today was to inspire our local school children to choose a career in medicine or medically related sciences by providing them with an opportunity to experience a wide range of medical disciplines.

“We have been delighted with the positive reaction of the students and their hunger to learn. It can sometimes be difficult to engage young people with medicine, but the practical activities that we have offered today really helps them to understand health problems and how we can treat them. 

“It’s been a very successful day and a wonderful team effort from the staff at Christ Church, the University’s Medway Campus and lots of medics from across Kent and Medway who have actually taken the day-off work to come here today and support us with the activities. As well as support from medical companies Oticon and Cochlear who kindly donated lots of goods and drinks for the students.”

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Last edited: 14/08/2018 11:51:00