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HMR Primary Care Academy Virtual Summer School July 2021

The PCA invited local Sixth form college students interested in applying for medicine to join us online for a two-day Medical Work Experience virtual workshop. The programme was open to all but applications were encouraged from students from lower-income households and those who may have been the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education.

The workshop was designed to give the students a taste of a career as a doctor. The group discussed the many options and opportunities in medicine, the application and training process, and considered issues like medical ethics to help with their applications and interviews for medical school. We then used an online platform from the RCGP to watch the role plays of consultations. The students found this really useful…

“I liked how we reflected on the observe GP consultation, which gave me more insight into what being a GP is actually like”

The session ended with a Q&A with Dr Cheshire about her journey to become a GP - they were able to ask questions a get a realistic idea of her training and day-to-day work.

Student Volunteering Work Experience!! Some of the students were then able to take up an opportunity for some practical non-clinical work experience in the vaccination centres. For this programme, we held a training day at Riverside and students volunteered at the surge pop-up vaccination clinics at local community centres in Rochdale. They helped out with marshalling and got to shadow vaccinators and learn about the COVID vaccination programme etc. The student volunteers were a great help and all the feedback showed they also got so much out of it. ….

It has been an excellent experience and I feel very privileged to have been a part of this opportunity”


Thank you to all of the group who attended, or helped to organise for their time and enthusiasm. It was a pleasure!!

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