Nine students who would like careers in medicine attended a large conference recently in Nottingham. The MEDlink event comprised practical sessions and lectures from medical experts and attracted around 2,000 young people.
The Year 12 students from Brooke Weston attended for a core of three days, but some opted to attend further sessions devoted to different specialisms. Julia Komor said: ‘We had a lot of lectures and one or two practicals including stethoscope practical where we found out where the valves in the heart are and listened to the heart, the lungs and the back as well. We covered ophthalmology and ears and a further practice patient interview where the subjects told us different symptoms and we had to gauge what their condition might be.’
Alice Linden, who attended earlier in order to hear lectures from two pathologists, said: ‘It was good experience. I did learn a lot as there was quite a lot of inside information from experts and I would definitely recommend it to students thinking about a career in medicine.’
Poppy Aves said: ‘My favourite part was one of the lectures on emergency medicine and the lecturer was amazing. He worked in the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service and he told us was about a girl who got savaged by a dog. He did everything he could for this child, including getting to the helicopter with the dog chasing after him and eventually he managed to save her. There was a picture of her and she looked completely recovered and she sends a birthday card on her birthday each year, just to thank them for still having a birthday.’