Aspiring Medics – Recent Events

Our tailored calendar of lectures, workshops, mentoring and one-to-one support from medical experts runs throughout the year, aiming to best prepare our medics to pursue their career aspirations and gain places on their chosen university courses.

Wednesday 20 September

Amy Purohit and Cathy Purohit

Medical School Introduction to what you need to do

 

Wednesday 27 September

Dawn Kingston

“What is First Aid and what do I need to do”

 

Wednesday 4 October

Hannah Osborne & Sophie Bennett

RCHT Paediatric clinical Research

 

Wednesday 11 October

Rosemary Byass

Nursing and experiences of nursing in Africa

 

Wednesday 18 October

Claire Kent & Nicola Penrose

Veterinary Nursing – Practical bandaging session

 

Thursday 19 October

Evening Lecture

Dr Jim Huddy

Pain is inevitable – suffering is optional”.

Dr Jim Huddy divides his time between two medical professions; as a GP of Perranporth Surgery, and also a hospital specialist, working in the Endoscopy Department. He will describe his training and journey to the current position he is in today. He will then go on to describe the interest he’s developed over the last few years into the concept of “overdiagnosis” which is a term describing how modern medicine can sometime be considered “too much” because it encroaches on patients who feel well, and can sometimes do a lot of harm. This overdiagnosis concept has spurred Dr Huddy into his work on chronic pain with hospital specialists, he has seen that the use of strong painkilling drugs has brought so much misery with little benefit to so many people.

The second part of this lecture will be the real story of one of Dr Huddy’s patients. Dr Huddy will describe her case and her recovery, following which she will be able to answer a few of the audience’s questions.

 

Saturday 4 November

Operating Theatre LIVE returns bigger and better to Truro High School

We are delighted to announce that Truro High School is once again to host “Operating Theatre Live” – a fantastic event for aspiring medics from all over Cornwall. This year’s programme is bigger and better than ever before with a host of new workshops, never yet presented in the county. The one-day workshop will take place at school on Saturday 4 November and will give 60 delegates the chance to follow an in-depth medical course, set in a mobile operating theatre.

The workshop is open to all those from Year 9 and Year 10 and is ideal for those considering applying for university to study medicine, dentistry, health courses or the biosciences. Over the course of the day, delegates will work with real anatomical specimens with each section of the day linking back to GCSE and A level Biology specifications with careers in health/medicine as a focus.

“This is the best STEM teaching resource I’ve ever seen” -UCL Academy, London

The day at Truro High School will include:

Introduction to medicine and patient care, HIV ELIA, Blood Testing, Basic human anatomy, Preparing anaesthetics, The GI tract, The cardiovascular system, The respiratory system, The nervous system, Amputation

 

Sunday 5 November

Anatomy Lab Live heads to Truro High School

We are delighted to announce that Truro High School is to host “Anatomy Lab Live” – a fantastic event for aspiring medics from all over Cornwall.  The one-day workshop will take place at school on Sunday 5 November and will give students the chance to follow an in-depth medical course, bringing human anatomy to life. The VIVIT Experience CORE is ideal for Year 11 GCSE and A Level students looking to develop and secure the understanding of principles of human anatomy and physiology.

The event will see the school transformed into an operational pathology lab with students taking part in a live, interactive post-mortem experience under the watchful eye of Senior Trainer Samuel Piri.

The workshop aims to make the experience as realistic as possible for the students involved and makes use of samples from swine anatomy which are harvested ahead of being moved into VIVIT – a life size synthetic cadaver which is then dissected to teach the structure and function of the human body.

The workshop is open to all those from Year 11 to Year 13 and is ideal for those considering applying for university to study medicine, dentistry, health courses or the biosciences.

Over the course of the day, delegates will work with real anatomical specimens with each section of the day linking back to A level Biology specifications with careers in health/medicine as a focus.

 

Wednesday 8 November

Abigail Wilson

Pharmacist

 

Wednesday 15 November

Dr Marvin Firth

Veterinary surgeon – Equine and small animals

 

Wednesday 22 November

Dawn Kingston

Basic Life Support

 

Saturday 25 November

Dawn Kingston – First Aid Training

 

Wednesday 29 November

Lucy Briggs

The route to counselling and undertaking a degree in psychology

 

Thursday 30 November

Evening Lecture

Dr David Harris – Veterinary Surgeon

“One Health”

It is increasingly being recognised across the world that the health of humans, animals, and ecosystems are deeply and inextricably entwined. As a result, there are many crises where doctors, or vets, or environmentalists alone cannot resolve the problem.

The One Health movement is a response to this, seeking to bring professionals from all spheres together to address potential or existing risks that originate at the animal-human-ecosystem interface. Whether the patient is a human from Hong Kong, a rain forest in sub-Saharan Africa, or a dog in the UK, the problems and often the solutions are the same.

In this short lecture, Dr David Harris MRCVS, a vet and lecturer at Cornwall College, will introduce the idea and importance of One Health, in particular focussing on: Emerging Diseases, Antimicrobial Resistance, Zoonoses and Anthroponoses and Barriers to One Health

David will be available afterwards to answer questions on One Health or veterinary medicine and science more generally.

 

Wednesday 6 December

WAMS (Widening Access to Medical School)

Asthma Workshop – developed and delivered by medical students from Plymouth University

 

Wednesday 13 December

Jenna Chowney & Gemma Burley

An insight into the role of an NHS Dietitian with specific examples from Gemma Burley – Lead Dietitian for Paediatric Diabetes and Jenna Chowney – Lead Dietitian for Home Enteral Feeding

 

Wednesday 10 January

Jon Bennett – Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies at Peninsula Dental School (Plymouth University) & Olivia Barnard – 4th Year Dental Student

Dentistry – A Day in the life of a dental student, admissions criteria, and career opportunities

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/staff/jon-bennett

 

Wednesday 17 January

Dr Jim Evans

Local General Practitioner, and helping deliver General Practice Training in Cornwall to Junior Doctors for Health Education England

Career path of a General Practitioner, and training Junior Doctors

 

Tuesday 23 – Wednesday 24 January

Indra Herbert

Mental Health First Aid Course for Sixth Form Students

 

Wednesday 24 January

WAMS – Widening Access to Medical School

Diabetes Workshop – developed and delivered by medical students from Plymouth University

 

Wednesday 31 January

Dr Rachel Roberts

General Practitioner and Teacher of Medical Ethics to Exeter Medical Students

Medical Ethics (including discussions in ethics of the beginning of life, the end of life, general principles of medical ethics, – helpful with interview practice)

 

Wednesday 7 February

WAMS – Widening Access to Medical School

Optometry

Basic Life Support workshop – developed and delivered by medical students from Plymouth University

 

Thursday 8 February 

Evening Lecture

Dr Louise Belfield  

“Colonised: Life in the microbial empire”

Our speaker, Dr Louise Belfield is a lecturer in biomedical sciences at the Peninsula Dental School (Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry), with teaching interests including immunology, cell biology, cell signalling and microbiology. As well as her involvement in the planning and delivery of the new 5 year BDS degree, Louise also carries out research in oral immunology. Our evening will consist of one of Louise’s specialist research topics which will give us all a new insight into our own bacteria! 

Microbial cells outnumber ours 10:1. Microbial genes outnumber ours 100:1: We are mostly microbe. In this lecture, we will explore the impact of our microscopic hitchhikers on our own health – how they can keep us well, how they can make us sick, and how we can work with them to build a mutually beneficial society.  Visiting the most intriguing microbial niches in the human body, we will examine how researchers and clinicians are developing novel treatments and diagnostics by targeting the microbiome. Finally, we will look at what we can do to manage our microbes and live a healthy life in the microbial empire.

 

Wednesday 21 February

Sophie Slater & Marcus Slater

Optometry

Visual Impairment Workshop: ‘What does being blind look like?’

An insight into conditions including cataracts and macular degeneration

 

Wednesday 14 March 

Jenna Elliott – Rosevean Veterinary Practice

Veterinary case-study interactive session

 

Wednesday 21 March

WAMS (Widening Access to Medical School)

Basic Life Support Workshop

Developed and delivered by medical students from Plymouth University

Tuesday 24 April

Dr Kath Stephens and Clare Owen

Patient communication training workshop for Sixth Form Aspiring Medics

 

Wednesday 25 April

Dr David Whinney

Consultant ENT Surgeon at Duchy

 

Thursday 3 May

Airborne medicine workshop & talk
Mark Hughes

Search and Rescue paramedic on the coastguard helicopter, based out of Newquay

 

Wednesday 9 May

Alison James

Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer Midwifery), Plymouth University

 

Wednesday 23 May

Savvas Rizkalla

Clinical scientist (protected title) in Radiotherapy