Would-be medics have received a career boost.... from a local hospice.
Students considering a career in medicine attended a study day at St Catherine’s Hospice offering them an insight into life as a doctor.
The group of GCSE , AS and A-level students from Runshaw College, Cardinal Newman College, Fulwood Academy, Walton-le-Dale Arts College, Archbishop Temple High School and Hutton Grammar School joined forces for the session at the Lostock Hall hospice.
Dr Louise Forman - consultant in palliative medicine at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals and associate dean for student welfare and professionalism at Manchester Medical School - led a session about life at medical school, while Dr Wasim Javed shared his experiences of his life as a junior doctor.
A debate about ethics and ethical dilemmas led by speciality doctor Dr Rebecca Singh also formed part of the day, along with a talk from St Catherine’s Hospice consultant Dr Andrew Fletcher, who told the students about his work in palliative medicine.
St Catherine’s Hospice also shared tips for enhancing students’ CVs through volunteering and fundraising for the charity.
Natalie Hamer,18, who is studying A-levels in biology, chemistry and French at Fulwood Academy in Preston, hopes to study medicine at either Cambridge, UCL, Belfast or Glasgow University, said: “I really enjoyed the ethics debate - it was great to hear points of view from other people who are interested in the same things.
“It was also very useful to get some insight into what’s coming up at university and as a junior doctor.”
Sabeeha Zahieer, 16, will take her GCSEs at Fulwood Academy this summer and is considering a career in medicine.
She said: “It’s certainly shown me the hard work and dedication that’s required.”