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QE Students Get a Taste of Life as University Medics

Date Posted: 07/03/2022 | Posted In: Latest news

Aspiring medics from QE have spent an exciting day at Newcastle University’s Medical School to obtain a flavour of what it’s like to study Medicine. The session began with an introduction to the application process with a particular focus on Newcastle’s Medicine course followed by a tour of the Medical School and campus. The students then spent time with fourth and fifth year medics who taught them several practical skills including CPR, how to take an accurate blood pressure reading and how to use a stethoscope to listen to the internal sounds of the body. The group was also able to chat with the undergraduates about the exciting opportunity to gain an intercalated degree which means spending a year carrying out research either in the UK or abroad before graduating.

Looking back on the day, student, Ríona Wilson, comments: ‘I really enjoyed the visit. The campus tour was very interesting and the student ambassadors were friendly and led great clinical activities. I now feel excited and motivated to apply for Medicine’. Philip Layfield adds: ‘The visit was excellent and provided a real insight into what it would be like to be a medical student at Newcastle University. The day ended with a fascinating CPR and blood pressure taking tutorial’. Liz Bryan, Higher Education and Careers Adviser at QE, concludes: ‘It was great to take the students out to a campus and give them the opportunity to learn from current Medicine undergraduates in addition to acquiring new skills. I think that the insight they have gained from Newcastle University, along with other activities, will undoubtedly help the students to prepare for an application to study Medicine’.