On the 14th March 2018 a group of 25 students were selected to participate in a medical course along with 4 other schools and a mixture of ages. We were accompanied by Ms Begum and Mr Rodriguez. We completed a variety of tasks during the day along with junior doctors and we had a talk with a geriatric consultant, who treats elderly people, to finish off the day.

First, when we arrived we were taken into the lecture hall and received a talk by two medical students from St Barts and UCL. They outlined the basis of medicine, the application process and the stages they faced during medical school. We were then allocated groups which were mixed with the other schools present in order to improve our communication skills and were taken into rooms with a group leader to begin the course which included 4 components:

The first component was Anatomy. This was the study of the human body and the main organs. We learnt about the most important parts of our body, which are the heart and the brain, and we also learnt reflexes. We shone a light into our partner’s eyes and examined the change in the size of the pupils and how they dilated. We then moved onto gently hitting below the knee cap with a rubber hammer and noticed how the lower leg subconsciously jerked up due to reflexes. They also showed us a robotic arm in which one volunteer was selected to be connected to it and when the volunteer moved their hand, the electrical impulses that were sent to make their hand move also made the robotic arm move.

The next component we took part in was cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).We learnt the mnemonic DRAB which stand for:

D – check for danger

R – response (shake and shout)

A – open up airways

B – check breathing (look, listen, feel)

We also learnt the recovery position and the process of CPR which is 30 compressions and 2 inches deep.

After, we went to Diagnosis. This taught us how doctors are meant to react when brought into Accident and Emergency. We were put into different scenarios and had to figure out what steps to take to try and get the patient into a stable condition. We had to use different equipment such as the stethoscope, torches, pulse oximeter and complete urine tests. This allowed us to experience a day in the life of a doctor in Accident and Emergency and the problems they encounter.

The last component is Ethics. There are four major medical ethics that you should follow which are:

Autonomy- this is when you respect the patient’s choice even if it is not what you recommend.

Beneficence- when you promote the well- being of others.

Maleficence- when you should not harm your patient.

Justice – if what you are doing is fair but it also follows the law.

This was an inspiring experience for students and teachers to explore the life as a medical student and the further career that may follow whilst being realistic but enjoyable.

Written by Nadia Musa, Anesh Patel, Rishitha Kamaleswaran, and Dilan Patel.