I’ve always thought of the “Aspiring Medics” programme as an “Inspiring Medics” programme. The students are lucky enough to be inspired by a wide variety of speakers and experiences both practical and theoretical; from working as a doctor in a war zone to the bacterial colony in our guts and many things in-between.
As both a GP and a hospital specialist I have a fortunate opportunity to see modern medicine from different angles and what it takes to make a good doctor in our contemporary society. Thankfully the days when all we had to do was learn our stuff and tell the patient what we were going to do to them are long gone. Now we need to know our stuff (and there’s a lot more stuff to know!) but also bespoke the medical options by exploring patients’ wishes, judgements and values. Ethics and communication are just as important as the science nowadays.
I believe that the program inspires both the technological and the human side of the profession by using the inspiration of Cornwall’s medical community who successfully transfer the enthusiasm and excitement which is required to get through the challenges ahead.
Dr Jim Huddy
GP at Perranporth Surgery & Endoscopist at the Royal Cornwall Hospital
I enjoy assisting in the school’s Aspiring Medics programme because the students are the doctors of the future. I appreciate that being a doctor is both an extremely rewarding and at times challenging career.
I feel the most important attributes of a good doctor are that you need to be a caring person who likes working with people and who is able to show empathy to patients. A doctor is also dedicated, resilient and is a very good communicator and works well within a team.
As a prospective medical student you need to be acquiring these skills as you go through Sixth Form. Ideally you should be trying to gain some volunteering experience in a caring role which can be anything from working with younger children, working with the disabled or the elderly in a care home. Through this you will gain patience, empathy and improve with communication skills.
Within the wider school community there are so many people working both as doctors and in the allied healthcare professions as well as past pupils who are medical, veterinary, pharmacology, physiotherapy and nursing students.
That is a great strength and resource on which the students can draw to inspire and support their own future careers as well as having local expertise to guide them through the difficult process of applying to medical school and that is why I became involved.
Dr Cathy Laing
GP at the Lander Medical Practice