Medicine Careers Day

"So You Want To Be A Doctor?"

an opportunity to find out about
- applying for medicine
- life as a medicine student
- life as a doctor

Medicine Careers Day report 2020

The School of Medicine was pleased to welcome over 200 school pupils to their annual Medicine Careers Day, ‘So you want to be a doctor?’ on 11 March 2020. Pupils, aged 14–17 came from nearly 50 schools around the UK to learn about life as a UK medical student and doctor.

The day began with informative talks about how to choose and apply for medical school, what to expect when you get there, and possible pathways within a medical career. After lunch, the attendees were able to ask questions of existing admissions tutors and practising clinicians, as well as take part in interactive laboratory sessions. Accompanying teachers were offered a session on UCAS applications for medicine from Admissions Tutors from Medical Schools at Keele and Leicester University.

Dr Emma Hockey, a Foundation Year 2 doctor and a Keele graduate, chaired the morning session. Speakers included Dr Peter Coventry, Director of Undergraduate Programmes, School of Medicine at Keele University, Professor Terence Wardle from Chester University, Dr Libby Jones, a Foundation Year 1 Doctor and Keele graduate, and Dr Karen Grant from Lancaster University. The day was wrapped-up by Dr Caitlyn Dowson, Deputy Director of Undergraduate Programmes at Keele University and a Consultant Rheumatologist in the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Feedback from previous Careers Days

"It was really fun learning about different practicals. Very exciting and informative."

"An absolutely fantastic day, very fun, informative and made me want to study medicine even more."

"I found today really interesting and I found out what life as a medical student and a doctor is like. I found out about a range of universities that I wasn't thinking about before."

"Really well organised and planned, conducted in a way that students could comprehend and work with."

"Extremely useful to have medical students accompany us during our day as we had a chance to speak and ask questions more informally."

"I have learned what the career training would realistically be like."

"Very good. Thank you Keele."