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09 March 2010
Budding medical students have been given the chance to experience what a career in medicine is really like as part of the University’s annual medicine conference.
MedWales saw over 200 Year 12 students from schools across Wales take part in interactive workshops in clinical skills and key surgical techniques.
Led by professional medical staff and University medical students, the students were given the chance to test their skills at suturing, drawing blood samples and key-hole surgery techniques.
As well as learning practical clinical techniques they were also given the chance to learn more about medical career options including areas like pathology, biomedical research, and general practice.
Professor Geraint Williams, Sub-Dean for Medical Admissions, School of Medicine who hosted the free one-day conference at the University Hospital of Wales said: "It was fantastic to see so many sixth form students enjoying and benefiting from the experiences provided by the dedicated medical professionals and University staff.
"Fourth and fifth year medical students who gave valuable help during the day were able to provide a realistic insight into student life and the medical course."
As well as practical techniques the students were also given information about applying for a place at medical school as well as an insight to medical specialties beyond the first years of medical training. A session specially designed for parents also provided information on accommodation and student finance.
Now in its eighth year the free event is organised as part of the University’s commitment to address the recruitment, retention and progression of students from a wide variety of non-traditional backgrounds.
Vicki Drew from the University’s Widening Access team who organises the annual event said: "The School of Medicine is actively engaged in a variety of widening access activities. MedWales is one of our annual activities organised to provide support for young people wishing to study medicine.
"The key to the success of the event is providing the right practical information that students and their parents need when considering applying to study medicine and pursuing a medical career."
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