third Medical Futures Conference ‘a huge success’

Monday March 16, 2020

Concord hosted its third annual Medical Futures Conference recently, designed to give the region’s students an insight into a career in medicine. Prospective medics and dentists in Years 10-12 across the West Midlands, Welsh borders and beyond visited the college for a free, jam-packed medical programme. Over 120 external students, parents and teachers from 25 different schools, in addition to 100 Concord students enjoyed lectures, practical workshops and informative discussions with a variety of medical experts across a range of disciplines. Lectures and discussions covered UCAT and BMAT admissions tests, work experience, interview technique and life as a medical student, in addition to writing a successful personal statement, choosing the right medical school and a number of hands-on clinical skills activities. Nearly twenty Consultants and GPs from a wide range of disciplines were on hand to offer careers advice. In addition to this, twenty universities from all over the UK sent admissions tutors and medical students to advise on their courses, entry requirements and life at medical school. The day culminated with a practical key-note presentation from Tom Warrender of Medical Mavericks.  Tom highlighted the vast range of medical careers available in the NHS by demonstrating some of the many experiments he has conducted on himself as part of his ‘Human Guinea Pig’ series. Event organiser and Concord’s Head of Science, Mr Barry Brown said: “We need more doctors in the NHS, but Medicine is such a competitive field to get into. We hope that the conference has not only inspired these young people to pursue this career, but also equipped them with the knowledge and understanding that is crucial to making a successful application.” “My thanks go to the many visiting health care professionals, exhibitors, university representatives and Concord alumni for making this day such a huge success. We couldn’t provide such a valuable experience, free to all in the region, without their goodwill and generosity of spirit.” Mr Brown added: “It's been a real pleasure hearing the lovely comments first hand from the young people, their parents and also teachers at the conference.” External Year 12 students said: “One of the best conferences I have ever attended” “Absolutely amazing – the radiologist really gave a great insight into his profession and inspired me.” “It helped me so much and gave me a greater insight into Medicine. Absolutely loved it all!” A parent said her highlight was: “seeing my daughter so pleased to be amongst so many others with her interests and talking to the professionals.” Natalie Watson, Head of Science at Malvern College said: “The pupils have gained an amazing amount of information about the application process; they have been amazed at the opportunities that they may not have previously thought of. “They were also thoroughly entertained by Tom Warrender of Medical Mavericks. “It’s a superb event and opportunity for these young people!” Morgann, a student at Malvern College said: “I personally found it extremely helpful as I was debating whether medicine was right for me. It made me realise that I do have a strong passion for medicine and helping people. “I thought there was a great variety of lectures and workshops available, so everyone could attend talks that they were interested in or needed guidance in.” The Medical Futures Conference will be back in 2021 provisionally on either Saturday 27th February or 6th March. Click here to view the Medical Futures Conference photo gallery.