Pupils interested in becoming surgeons had a chance to learn more about the profession from Cambridge University medical students and consultants at a workshop that was held at The Leys, Cambridge.
“Surgery in Schools” was attended by 50 pupils from state and independent schools around Cambridge. It was run by the Cambridge University Surgical Society (CUSS) which was founded in 2005 by a group of clinical medical students with the aim of making surgery more accessible and to promote surgery as a career choice. Last year, CUSS held its first such workshop at The Leys and it looks set to become an annual event.
This year’s speakers were neurosurgeon Katherine Holland and Gemma Humm, a general surgery registrar, who helped with a suturing workshop. Medical students from the University of Cambridge also led a session on plaster casting and gave theatre video workshops.
Sarah Campos-Bell, careers advisor at The Leys, commented: “Students at the ‘Surgery in Schools’ event had an incredible opportunity to get a real insight into all aspects of surgery from leaders in the field. They clearly enjoyed the hands-on sessions and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.”
The Leys also recently hosted the “Discovering Careers in Pharmacy Workshop”, led by lecturers in Biomedical Pharmacology and Pharmacy Practice from the University of Bradford Pharmacy School. It was attended by 35 sixth formers from state and independent schools in Cambridge. The day included a simultaneous coffee break and lecture exploring coffee and health and a session on pathogens which looked at methods of preventing the spread of Ebola. A team-based learning (TBL) approach was used to optimise learning and develop pupils’ confidence and skills to increase their employability.