North Cumbria University Hospital Trust to hold event for young aspiring medical students

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Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust will be hosting another ‘Career in Medicine’ event this year as it seeks to inspire potential medical students into taking up the profession.

The event is being held on the 1 and 2 of July at the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle and is now in its third year.

The event invites local school students from across years 11-13 who are considering studying medicine or pharmacy the chance to meet senior and junior medical staff and to gain top tips for medical school entry.

The event is also open to anybody who has already left school and is considering studying medicine as a postgraduate degree.

All those attending should either attend school or be primarily a resident in the areas the Trust’s two hospitals (the Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven) serve.

Around 60 aspiring medical students attended last year from across the north of the county including Whitehaven, Keswick, Wigton, Penrith and Carlisle.

The feedback received from the students after the event was very positive.

Examples of feedback received include: “Yesterday and today’s lectures and workshops were amazing!! Really enjoyed it.”

“My friends and I appreciate everything that this event provided us with, the knowledge and the experience of actually being able to work with doctors and professionals!”

This year’s event will be held in the Education Centre at the Cumberland Infirmary and will feature a series of interactive sessions and workshops held by the Trust’s top clinicians.

The sessions will cover a range of topics such as:

  • A Welcome from Dr D Burke, Director of Medicine
  • Introduction to Emergency Medicine
  • How to get in to Medical School/Medical School Applications
  • Cardiology Multi-Disciplinary Team
  • Cancer & Radiology MDT
  • Obstetric and more

Mr Andrew Robson, consultant ENT surgeon and course director, said: “I am thrilled we are able to offer the event for another year.  It is incredibly important to encourage as many of Cumbria’s brightest and best to pursue a career in medicine.  I am very much looking forward to welcoming more aspiring medical students to the Cumberland Infirmary in July. It is vital to nurture talent and provide support to these students who may be part of the future of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust.”

If you are interested in attending the event, you must ensure you book a place which is on a first-come, first-served basis. You will require confirmation from your head of sixth form or if you are an undergraduate, you will be required to demonstrate the grades you have received so far.

For more information, please contact Claire Thompson on 01228 814883 or Claire.thompson@ncuh.nhs.uk