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Success for Sixth Form Medics

We are delighted to report on the fact that two of our Upper Sixth pupils have recently been successful in securing conditional places at medical school later this year – Yasmin A (Weymouth) is hoping to attend the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine and Hugo F (Atkinson) is hoping to study in sunny Scotland at the University of Glasgow Medical School. Both are currently working exceptionally hard to ensure they meet the required grades in the forthcoming medical A-Level exams.

Both these pupils have been very instrumental in driving the Medic Society which was introduced into the Activities Programme at the beginning of this academic year under the guidance of Dr Damberg (Head of Biology), who trained as a medical doctor in the US, practising in paediatrics prior to moving to the UK.

The Society, mainly a group of Sixth Form pupils, meets on a Wednesday lunchtime, all sharing the same goal of the studying medicine at higher education.

Medic Society provides potential medics information and support on all aspects of a medical school application, from admissions tests to personal statements and interview preparation. Pupils discuss and debate current events in the medical field – this can take the format of the upcoming talks on the BMAT and UKCAT aptitude tests, but can also simply be an informal conversation where questions can freely be asked. The Society has been fortunate enough to have had recent leavers of the School visit to share their experiences of applications to medical school.

There is also the opportunity for younger pupils to get involved through giving talks on aspects of medicine that are of particular interest to them. Recent presentations from Katie-Sai E (Cedars) and Daniel (Burton Bank) covered topics on synaesthesia and plastic surgery. The two Lower Sixth pupils researched and presented these miniature lectures completely under their own steam. They were not the first, nor shall they be the last, as every member is challenged to give their own presentation. This not only gives pupils the experience of what it is like to do some research and present it publicly, but also allows exploration of different areas of medicine and the broadening knowledge of human biology outside of the A-Level syllabus.

Pupils from the Society also recently attended the Medics Dinner with OM’s at the Royal London Medical School in Whitechapel. Pupils were treated to an evening of lectures including a symposium on ‘Medical Education and Training in the 21st Century’ led by OM’s representing each level of study from first year medical students to consultant training. Further presentations included one on ‘Uninvited pelvic trauma: an experience of urethral surgery from the largest reconstruction centre in the world’ and another titled ‘The role of Artificial Intelligence in Clinical Decision Making.’  All Mill Hill pupils found the evening an exciting introduction to their chosen future careers and an excellent opportunity to forge ties with OM’s currently in the medical profession.

Both Yasmin and Hugo are keen to involve any Lower School pupils who may have an interest or are may be considering possible medical careers in the future so please approach either of them if you wish to learn more about getting involved or come and speak to Mrs Ward, Co-Curricular Activities Co-Ordinator.