Supporting aspiring medics
100 aspiring medical students from across Camden, Haringey and Islington were given a unique insight into the NHS and the medical profession. Led by renal consultant, Dr Mark Harber, and coordinated by the Royal Free Charity, the ‘Thinking about a career in medicine’ event was aimed at Y11 or Y12 students to inspire them to pursue medicine.
The event included a talk by university admissions, medical students, junior doctors and consultants, and explored everything from the application process to the highs and lows of working in the NHS. Insights such as being on call, the emergency bleep, completing scientific research and finding work-life balance were all discussed. One junior doctor presented a stand out quote to sum up her experience working in the NHS:
“in the past year I have been happy, sad, proud, frustrated, stressed and exhausted, often all in one day – but never, ever felt bored or asked myself what’s the point…”
The event was a great success and will be followed by a medicine applications day for our young volunteers.