This week-long event is aimed at helping medical undergraduates develop a strong clinical
, academic and research portfolio that will help them to pursue a career in a competitive surgical or medical speciality on completion of medical school
. It will also help students obtain essential knowledge about their chosen speciality and develop the confidence to interact with consultants whilst undertaking clinical placements. During previous years, this event was supported, amongst others, by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, UG department of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Medical Protection Society
, The British Royal Navy (2010-11), The University of Dundee (2011), The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (2011), British Orthopaedic Association (2011), British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (2011), The Royal College of Surgeons of England (2010), The Royal College of General Practitioners (2010), Royal Society of Medicine (2010), British Medical Association
(2010) and UK Space Biomedicine Association (2010).
On the first day, students will decide if they wish to attend talks on specialities related to medicine, surgery, or disciplines such as GP, Radiology and ACCS. Consultants from these specialities will provide students with an overview (‘taster’) of their speciality in the form of ‘Day in the Life of….’ talks. This will be particularly beneficial for students who wish to obtain a better understanding of the various career options and are yet to decide on a particular speciality.
Days 2 and 3:
In addition to essential theoretical information related to individual specialities, there will be workshops on basic surgical and suturing skills, basic life support, trauma life support, basic orthopaedic skills, laparoscopic skills, performing an ECG, undertaking an ultrasound examination, insertion of a chest drain, ophthalmology workshop, obstetrics and gynaecology workshop, and paediatric and neonatology workshop. Successful completion of the Summer School will require students to attend six mandatory lectures and six workshops.
The day will begin with the screening round for the 5th World University Anatomy Challenge. There will then be a series of lectures from clinicians and academics who are part of the World Health Organisation, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and the Humanitarianism and Conflict Response Institute at the University of Manchester. These lectures have been tailored to give delegates a unique insight into global health and medical humanitarianism outside of what is currently offered by mainstream medical curricula. The speakers will present on ‘Maternal and Newborn Global Health’, ‘The Culture of Medical Humanitarian Organisations’, and ‘Natural Disasters’. The afternoon session will centre on the Model WHO Assembly, which is offered in conjunction with the Manchester Model United Nations Society. Students will work in pairs and consider how their respective countries and NGOs can contribute to issues such as the immediate healthcare needs of the victims of the disaster.
The final day of the Summer School will begin with lectures on ‘Working Overseas with Merlin and Médecins Sans Frontières as a Surgeon’ and ‘Medical Ethics and Law’. These captivating talks will be followed by the knockout rounds of the World University Anatomy Challenge. The afternoon session will include a lecture on ‘The Art of Scientific Publications and International Presentations’. Its aim is to provide students with an insight into successfully publishing and presenting their work. A lecture on ‘New Treatment Strategies for Movement Disorders’ will follow. The day will conclude with the final round and the crowning of the winner of the World University Anatomy Challenge.