Pupils consider clinical careers

Over 70 pupils from Teesside schools have learnt about careers in medicine during a special event hosted by Stockton Sixth Form College.

Pupils from High Tunstall College of Science, Laurence Jackson School, Nunthorpe Academy, Sacred Heart School, St. Patrick’s Catholic College and Trinity Catholic College were invited to be part of a unique ‘Medical Challenge Day’ ran by MCS Projects Ltd.

The day was arranged for Y10 and Y11 pupils with an interest in careers in medicine. Within mixed school teams, the groups completed practical, medical-related challenges around anatomy, cardiology and medical ethics, assisted by Stockton Sixth Form students and medical students from Newcastle University.

In addition to the practical activities, the university students delivered a short presentation about general Medical School entry requirements, including academic expectations, interview processes and admission tests.

Dr Wyllie, Clinical Director of Neonatology at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was also on hand to talk about his work and to answer questions from the group.

Paul Waterworth, Director at MCS Projects Ltd., said: “In the past we have organised extremely popular STEM challenge days for schools across the Tees Valley. It was actually one of our university volunteers who came up with the idea of expanding the concept to cover medicine due to its overwhelming popularity with school pupils.

“Our ultimate aim is to broaden students’ horizons to the range of careers available in medicine, and what life is actually like working in the profession.”

Stockton Sixth Form College offers a tailored Pathway to Clinical Science (PaCS) enrichment which aims to boost students’ chances of studying medicine at university.

Angeline Keightley, Biology teacher and PaCS coordinator, said: “It’s great to be able to offer local young people an insight as to what it takes to work in clinical science.

“Today, pupils have heard from college students, medical school university students through to a practicing doctor – hopefully raising their aspirations and encouraging them to focus on their future career path.”