Over 100 Year 8 to 10 Kent and Medway students visited the University’s state-of-art medical simulation suite to learn more about the different areas of medicine, including keyhole surgical skills, stem cell experiments, the science behind X-rays and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
The medical fayre was opened by the Founding Dean of the KMMS, Professor Chris Holland. The KMMS is a collaboration of Canterbury Christ Church University and University of Kent and will welcome its first students in 2020.
Each interactive workshop was staffed by medical professionals such as doctors, physiotherapists, radiographers and paramedics from local hospitals who all volunteered to take part.
Students from The Malling School trying out keyhole surgery.
Brooke Sims, from the Malling School in West Malling, said: “I’m not too sure what I want to do when I’m older, but today has been an eye opener for me. I’ve really enjoyed all the activities we have done and it’s been interesting to learn about all the different areas of medicine like the heart and the eyes.”
Joe Burden, teacher at The Malling School, added: “The day has really inspired our pupils, who come from a range of backgrounds, to believe that a career in medicine is achievable for them.”
The event was organised by the senior team on Medway Campus and is the brain child of Professor Rahul Kanegaonkar. Professor Kanegaonkar is Clinical Lead for Medical Innovation at Canterbury Christ Church University’s Institute of Medical Sciences and Programme Director for the MSC in Masters in Ear Nose and Throat Surgery, as well as a Consultant ENT Surgeon and is passionate about getting the young people of Kent and Medway to pursue careers in medicine.
Dr Sue Plummer, Canterbury Christ Church University Medway Campus Director said: “The medical fayre is an important day in the Medway Campus calendar. It is so great to see all the students and their teachers come here to take part in the event. This year is particularly special, working with the new Kent and Medway Medical School who will begin to train doctors from September 2020.”
"This is the second time we have run this event and the hard work everyone puts in is really worth it. It is so exciting to see local children work with clinicians from local hospitals and the Canterbury Christ Church team. Many of these children had not previously thought of medicine as a career and they leave enthused to become doctors, nurses, paramedics, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, radiographers and more."
Professor Chris Holland, Founding Dean of the KMMS, said: “Days like this are incredibly important to inspire the next generation of doctors and healthcare workers. One of the ambitions of KMMS is to train doctors in Kent and Medway who will have placements which provide excellent experiences of primary, secondary and acute care in our area and who will then choose to stay here and serve the communities of Kent and Medway once they have graduated."