Budding doctors from The Sixth Form College, Solihull visited Keele University recently to complete laboratory practicals in their impressive facilities.
Students from the College’s Pre-Medical School, which is a specialist enrichment offered to those students who have ambitions to study Medicine at university, went on the trip. It gave them the opportunity to use university-standard equipment and get a taste of undergraduate learning.
The day built on a previous problem-based learning (PBL) scenario, focussing on cholera and infectious diseases. The students did a practical activity based around identification of different types of bacteria and followed this with an exercise requiring them to identify suitable antibiotics for a range of symptoms and infections. Over lunch, they had an opportunity to put questions to a current medical student and this was followed by an interactive session with a GP, who then went on to outline the role of the GP in the infectious disease scenario. Whilst at the Medical School, the students also experienced a hands-on anatomy class, based around the human digestive system.
Assistant Principal Trevor Irving went on the trip and said:
“It was great to be working with the doctors at Keele University again. They have hosted our students for the last couple of years and they always put on excellent sessions for our aspiring young medics. This visit gave students a real insight into what it is like to study Medicine and we are very grateful for the work of Drs Andrew Morris and Margaux Horne in organising the day and the support they gave to our students throughout the activities. These students are part of our Pre-Medical School because of their ambitions to work in Medicine and this visit was highly relevant to them; it will significantly boost their progression opportunities.”
As well as a Pre-Medical School, the College offers a number of other specialist academies that are aimed at boosting students’ university chances in particularly competitive fields of study. They include an Engineering Academy, Law Academy, Psychology Research School and a Shakespeare Academy.
4 May 2017