Would-be Medics Give Diagnoses

Hopeful medics at The Sixth Form College, Solihull got a taste of undergraduate study last week, when doctors from Keele University visited to deliver problem-based learning workshops.

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, took part. The problem-based learning (PBL) structure of the workshop, which is a common learning technique at Keele, provided students with a case study in which they were given a fictitious patient with symptoms that they had to diagnose.

This workshop will be followed up by a practical session in Keeleā€™s state-of-the-Art labs after Easter, when the students can get some hands-on experience. Dr Andrew Morris and Dr Audrey Skidmore explained to students that this sort of practical work is much more common at a Keele than other universities that favour a lecture-style approach to learning.

Assistant Principal Trevor Irving commented:

“We are grateful to the doctors at Keele University for taking time out to visit the College and work with our students. We have been working with Keele University for a number of years and they always put on excellent sessions for our aspiring young medics. Experiences like this provide students with a real insight into what it is like to study Medicine, which is important in helping them decide if it is the right career for them. Medicine is a highly challenging career to get into and applying is very competitive, but participation on initiatives like this 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, Psychology Research School and a Shakespeare Academy.

10 April 2019