This week-long event is aimed at helping medical undergraduates develop a strong clinical, academic and research portfolio that will help them to pursue a career in a competitive surgical or medical speciality on completion of medical school. It will also help students obtain essential knowledge about their chosen speciality and develop the confidence to interact with consultants whilst undertaking clinical placements. During previous years, this event was supported, amongst others, by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, UG department of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Medical Protection Society, The British Royal Navy (2010-11), The University of Dundee (2011), The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (2011), British Orthopaedic Association (2011), British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (2011), The Royal College of Surgeons of England (2010), The Royal College of General Practitioners (2010), Royal Society of Medicine (2010), British Medical Association (2010) and UK Space Biomedicine Association (2010).
On day 1 of the course, Consultants from various specialities will provide the students with an overview ('taster') of different specialities. This will be particularly beneficial for students who wish to get a better understanding of the various career options and are yet to decide on a particular speciality.
On days 2 and 3, in addition to essential theoretical information about individual specialities, there will be sessions on basic surgical and suturing skills, basic life support, advanced life support, advanced trauma life support, basic orthopaedic skills, laparoscopic skills, performing an ECG, undertaking ultrasound examination and certain medical procedures such as inserting a central line.
The fourth day of the course will provide the student with pertinent information on various academic/research aspects such as intercalating and carrying out clinical and basic science research (leading to MSc/MRes/MPhil/PhD). This day will also cover aspects related to undertaking clinical audits, oral and poster presentations, and publications, as well as discuss the pertinent aspects of academic training/academic career.
On the morning of the final day of the course, the students will be given necessary information on developing and nurturing a portfolio, recent advances and future of their chosen speciality, and tips on entering a specialist training programme. In the afternoon, there will be three parallel sessions on careers outside the traditional curriculum. This will include talks from appropriate leaders who will provide information on careers in Conflict and Military Medicine (with talks from the Royal Air Force, Army and Navy), Space Medicine, and International Medicine and Public Health (with talks from the World Health Organisation, United Nations and Médecins Sans Frontières).
Mentorship by Consultants and Specialists will be offered for interested students.
Lively social events will be available every day after the course and will take advantage of the long summer evenings!