Sixth formers and staff from schools all over Lincolnshire flocked to North Kesteven Academy on Weds 18th October for a special one-day event for any students interested in pursuing a career in Medicine.
This event – pioneering for Lincolnshire – was held at NK and organised by NK and the Universities of Nottingham and Leicester, in collaboration with the Medical Schools Council. Its aim was to give students from rural areas information on how to apply for courses in Medicine and to promote Medicine as a career choice to students from all walks of life. Research shows that the level of uptake of students from Lincolnshire on to medical courses is currently one of the lowest in the country, and the county has a serious shortage of doctors.
The student attendees took part in interactive workshops to learn about medical ethics and clinical skills, as well as hearing what life was really like for students studying Medicine at University. The visiting speakers were keen to dispel the myths that people have about studying Medicine and promote the message that a career in Medicine is accessible for everyone.
Neil Wilkinson-McKie, Head Teacher at North Kesteven Academy said: “It has been our privilege to be working closely with our two Medical School partners and the Medical Schools Council to create and stage this fantastic event.
“For our students, their teachers and our parents it is an amazing opportunity to put together, host, provide face to face advice, guidance and support for students to enter the world of medicine. Not only does it encourage our outstanding students to aim high it also ensures that we have first-hand access and support from these universities who have been superb in their support of our students – I cannot thank them enough!”
This is the second time the academy has organised and held this pioneering event, and planning for future projects is already underway.