At Oaks Park we are constantly striving to provide all of our students with opportunities to enhance their knowledge of the most competitive courses. Over the past term we have held two events that have seen students from across the school exposed to the world of Medicine and how one can gain a place on a Medical related degree course and succeed in this occupation.
On Friday 15th September 2017 Oaks Park High School welcomed StudentConnect to our school. StudentConnect are a charity that have been established by medicine foundation year students at Russell Group universities to assist students in making applications to medical courses. The representative from StudentConnect gave an informative presentation to aspiring medics from Key Stage 4 and 5. The representative from StudentConnect explained how the application process for medicine works, provided interview techniques and also discussed the significance of gaining relevant work experience. The students from Oaks Park asked a range of illuminating questions to the StudentConnect representative, including enquiring about how medicine courses were structured and also asking for assistance in writing effective personal statements.
The representative from StudentConnect commented on the enthusiasm that students showed in the talk, and predicted that we had a number of potential future medics within our school! Year 11 student Mia said that the talk was “really useful and helped me think about what I need to do now to make sure that I am ready to apply for medicine very soon”.
Later in the term we welcomed King’s College London to further explore medicine with students. Kings College London delivered a medical skills workshop and talk to students who have identified medicine as a possible future career route. The first session saw our Key Stage 3 and 4 students complete a range of tasks that would be undertaken by a doctor, including drawing blood and putting stitches in a wound. These sessions were led by current Foundation Year doctors who were able to pass on the experiences they had gained from actually carrying out these tasks in hospital settings. The students were truly shocked by how hard a doctor’s working life can be!
In the afternoon, our Year 11, 12 and 13 students were given an inspiring and informative talk about the application process for a medical course, and also given detailed advice on how to approach interviews and examinations. The students who attended described the talk as enlightening and that it put in perspective how rewarding a career in Medicine can be.