Young students experience careers in medicine at the Baylab
Pupils and students from as far away as Gloucester, Southampton and Kent, as well as from Reading and the Thames Valley, came to the "Careers within Medicine" event in the Baylab UK to get a taster of many of the practical activities that take place in surgeries and hospitals today.
Around 140 people attended the event workshops in April which took place within the Baylab and Bayer offices at Green Park, Reading, and involved pupils and students aged 10-18. The young students learned how to take blood, generate ECGs (heart tests), stitching, and even tested their coordination skills through a spot of simulated keyhole surgery. They found out how to take eye images, examine the inner ear, and measure oxygen levels – all part and parcel of the kind of things they would do if they entered the world of medicine and science.
“I found the students to be engaged and interested and many already had clear ideas about what they wanted to do,” Dr Mark Dallas, an Associate Professor in Cellular Neuroscience, University of Reading School of Pharmacy, said. “Our session was about opening their eyes to all the possibilities available to them within the world of medicine and science. Whatever students’ academic grades, there are many really good healthcare career choices they might not have thought of – such as pharmacy, or being a radiographer, physiologist, or even a paramedic - and this is the message we tried to instill today.“
The students were able to speak to practising healthcare professionals and medical students as a team of volunteers from ‘Becoming a Doctor’ (www.becomingadr.org – an organisation helping people to pursue a career in medicine and allied health professions) were on hand. The volunteers included, from the University of Liverpool, Dr Guleed Adan, Academic Clinical Fellow specialising in neurology, and Dr Rebecca Kuruvilla – an Academic Fellow specialising in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics. With them was Mr Rajiv Sethi, a final year student in London and a clinical Entrepreneur Fellow at NHS England. They were able to give their audience fascinating nuggets about the kind of thing they can expect if studying for a career in medicine or wanting to become a doctor – valuable insights often not readily available to young students.
Raj Sethi, explained: “Days like these are great for providing that exposure to experienced people and all the knowledge they can offer. We support organisations such as schools, colleges and hospitals in nurturing aspiring healthcare professionals as well as holding the National Health Careers Conference, the UK‘s largest event for aspiring health professionals (www.healthcareers.live). It’s great to see Bayer directly engaging with schools and organisations within the industry, and we’re keen to keep that engagement going.”
There was also a fascinating and entertaining workshop from Dr Martin Christlieb, Oncology, Oxford University, who talked about the latest advances in cancer research.
Emma Schierbaum, Manager of the Baylab UK, said: “As an organisation involved in life sciences, we are committed to science and education, and help to solve the healthcare issues which face our world today. It’s really important to generate an influx of talented leaders to the healthcare industry. We have so many people here who are passionate about the industry and have the right experience, so we want to give as much back as possible. I’d like to thank everyone for their help, as the event could not have run so smoothly without them.”
The workshops were delivered by educational provider, Medical Mavericks, along with Reading School of Pharmacy and the Oncology department at Oxford University, all of whom provided speakers and workshop co-ordinators passionate about explaining medicine to young people.
"Careers within Medicine" follows a successful "Careers with Animals" event at Bayer last year in which young people had the chance to explore all things veterinary for both domestic and wild animals. For more info about our Baylab UK careers workshops visit: https://www.bayer.co.uk/en/baylab/