07 August 2014

Top tips shared at HYMS summer school

      Top tips for interviews and how to make an excellent application to medical school were just some of the subjects students learned at a HYMS summer school held at the end of July.

      Some 22 lower sixth form students from 14 schools across the region including Hull, York, Leeds, Bradford, North East Lincolnshire and Kirklees took part in the event, held at the University of Hull.

      They enjoyed a wide variety of activities and sessions over three days and were supported throughout by current HYMS students.

      On the first day, they participated in a PBL session and learned about clinical skills. They heard from HYMS ambassadors about what life was really like as a medical student and learned how to perform CPR in a Heartstart session, led by current 4th Year Josh Shaw.

      In the evening students had a chance to unwind with a circus skills workshop, learning how to juggle, spin diablo and ride a unicycle.

      The next day saw students practising their communication skills on a simulated patient and Dr Joe Cuthbert, a current FY2 junior doctor, talked about life after graduation, as well as sharing his experiences from his time as a student at HYMS.

      In addition, they participated in some excellent debates on a range of medical topics from organ donation to fertility treatment.

      On the final day they took part in a range of workshops, including a GP quiz delivered by HYMS Educational Facilitator Dr Andy Davidson, a session on medical ethics and they tried their hands at suturing with the HYMS Surgical Society. In a closing ceremony, the sixth formers received both a certificate of attendance and a Heartstart certificate.

      Widening Participation Officer Alexandra Jeffrey thanked all the HYMS ambassadors who supported the students throughout the summer school, as well as Amy Newton from the University of Hull and HYMS Senior Teaching Fellow in Medical Education Dr Andy Kardasz for the organisation and delivery of the summer school.