A taste of Medicine for St John Rigby pupils

'Best possible insight' offered

St John Rigby College in Wigan has opened a window on life as a doctor for pupils thinking of studying medicine at university.

As host of the annual West Manchester Medical Day on 16 November, the college welcomed Year 10, 11 and 12 students from St John Fisher, St Bede's, Our Lady Queen of Peace and St Peter's High Schools to the event, which included talks from medical students and doctors.

Dave Gent, assistant principal at St John Rigby College, said: "The pupils who attended had a fantastic opportunity not only to develop some clinical skills but also to gain information about the application process and hear first-hand what life as a doctor would be like after qualifying. These opportunities demonstrate the commitment of the college to providing prospective students with the best possible insight into their future careers."

The pupils present heard about the entry requirements for medical schools – with a breakdown of the academic expectations, interview processes and admissions tests. They also had the chance to work together on practical activities led by university students, including CPR, medical ethics and a diagnostic activity. As well as hearing from the medical students about their courses and placements, they listened to practising medics describing their work and answering pupils' questions.

St John Rigby College offers a programme of support for students considering a career in medicine and dentistry. This includes a guaranteed minimum of 30 hours' relevant work experience in a local hospital in addition to preparation for the UKCAT and BMAT examinations. Sixth-formers this year will also be visiting Smelt Mill, the base station of the Bowland Mountain Rescue Team, as well as undertaking laboratory experience sessions at Newcastle University.