Pupils from Cefn Hengoed and Llangatwg Comprehensive try their hands at being doctors at Swansea University

Thirty Year 8 pupils spent the day working with 5 medical students at Swansea University Medical School. Pupils took part in a number of workshops based on “Chest Medicine”. The unique experience aimed to inspire the pupils and provide them with an opportunity to work with medical students and ask questions about future career options.

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The day was funded by the National Science Academy and organised by the South West Wales Reaching Wider Partnership in collaboration with Swansea University Medical School. The medical students designed activities to encourage school children in Wales, in particular those from under-represented groups, to consider a career in medicine. The project involves designing, delivering and evaluating a lesson plan for these children.

Dr Heidi Phillips who is leading the project from Swansea University Medical School said “The medical students are Tomorrow’s Doctors so it is imperative that they are able to not only deliver excellent patient care but also educate and inspire future generations of doctors. Secondly, a medical profession needs access to the widest possible talent pool from all walks of life in order to produce the best possible doctors. I am really excited about this project and the enthusiasm and dedication shown by our medical students in participating.”

Programme Development Officer Sam Bowen commented: “This was the first time for us to work with medical students and the day was a great success and all pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day. The medical students were passionate and delivered excellent workshops so have hopefully sown the seeds for a future generation of doctors and in so doing, ensure that the medical profession is made up of people from people with as wide and varied backgrounds as the patients they care for”.

Some of the Teacher comments; 

“All pupils are thorough engaged and all pupils enjoyed very much”

“Pupils have thoroughly enjoyed the different sessions and have learnt new practical skills. All the teaching students put across their workshop superbly well and at a great level for the year group” 

Some of the Pupils comment:

“I personally thought the day was great and informative and 100% enjoyable. There should be more days like this”.

“I loved it and learnt a lot about becoming a doctor…I am inspired to become a doctor”

“Today was awesome”

“Today was really interesting and has increased my knowledge of the human body”

“I thoroughly enjoyed and learnt so much”

The South West Wales Reaching Wider Partnership is a programme aiming to widen access into higher education across the whole student age range through learning and aspiration-raising activities.

Funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, the South West Wales Reaching Wider partnership includes Swansea University; University of Wales Trinity Saint David; Coleg Sir Gâr; Gower College Swansea; Neath Port Talbot College Group; Pembrokeshire College; Careers Wales; The Open University in Wales, and schools across participating unitary authorities.

The programme aims to extend educational participation to previously excluded and under-represented groups of people in south west Wales.

Check out the images from the day on our Flickr gallary