S4C documentary follows University’s student doctors

9 September 2016

Student with patient

On Tuesday 13 September, at 20:25, a new series starts on S4C which uniquely documents a year in the training of 15 Cardiff University medical students. Ranging between 18 and 23 years old, these Welsh-speaking students come from various backgrounds and areas of Wales, but they are all united by a passion for medicine.

The series Doctoriaid Yfory (Tomorrow's Doctors) follows the students as they get to grips with the demands of an intense academic year and the stark reality of busy operating theatres, GP practices and hospital wards across Wales and beyond. This unprecedented behind-the-scenes access gives a real insight into the emotional, mental and physical challenges of the student journey, from day 1 of Year 1 to graduation.

Made by award-winning production company Green Bay Media, the seven-part series, filmed in partnership with Cardiff University’s School of Medicine, has enjoyed unrivalled access to operating theatres, surgeries, hospital wards and the multi million pound clinical training facilities at the University Heath Campus.

Series producer Llinos Griffin-Williams of Green Bay Media said: "The series provides a unique behind-the-scenes portrayal of how a pioneering School of Medicine helps shape these young, often raw, and certainly inexperienced undergraduates into the doctors, surgeons and consultants of the future.

“Our journey takes us all over Wales and as far as New Zealand and Tonga, but the personal, emotional journey will take us all on an even longer journey."

Swyn Lewis, a Year 5 student who took part in the documentary, added: “It was great to have the opportunity to show people what studying medicine is really like, and hopefully to inspire future Welsh doctors. And of course, my new celebrity status around the hospital..!”

Episode one of Doctoriaid Yfory (Tomorrow's Doctors) airs at 20:25 on Tuesday 13 September.

Find out from our students what it's really like to study medicine here.