So you want to be a Doctor?

Provisional date for Medicine Careers Day 2019: Wednesday 6th March

Medicine Careers Day Report 2018

‌The 16th annual Medicine Careers Day, ‘So you want to be a doctor?’, hosted by the School of Medicine on 7 March 2018 was attended by around 240 school children, aged 14-17. Pupils came from over 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 Keele, Birmingham and Leeds Universities.

The morning was chaired by Esme O'Loughlin, a Foundation Year 2 doctor and a Keele graduate. Speakers included Professor Andrew Hassell, Head of School of Medicine at Keele University, Professor Terence Wardle from Chester University , Dr Amy Price, Foundation Year 1 doctor and Keele Graduate and Dr Karen Grant from Lancaster University. The day was wrapped up by Professor Robert Kirby, Dean of Royal Stoke University Hospital, with further opportunity to ask questions.

Some of the feedback from the day:

"I would like to take this ...opportunity to thank you for organising and running the Keele Medicine Careers Day. Not just for this year but over the many years you have been involved. It has proved to be an inspiration to the pupils from ....... a number of whom have gone on to be successful applicants to Medical training. This year was no exception, the pupils were all very positive about their day and it has given them a real insight into Medicine as a career.....

I will be retiring at Easter but feel that it is imperative that the pupils I currently work with continue to access this amazing opportunity."

"Today has been eye-opening and inspiring... The students, staff and doctors I met today were all so welcoming and encouraging and informative... a brilliant day!"

"Thoroughly informative and enjoyable"

"It was extremely useful to have an insight into medical school, seeing both the benefits and the downsides."

"Gave me knowledge on how to get into Keele and Universities in general"

"Well organised and very interesting. Excellent student ambassadors"