Mossbourne Mini-Medical Summer School 2019

Mossbourne Community Academy hosted a mini-medical summer school for pupils aspiring to study healthcare professions at university, as part of the school’s innovative Medical Bursary programme.

The Medical Bursary, which was created by school leaders to bring opportunities typically only available in private schools to Mossbourne students, includes a series of workshops, trips and work experience opportunities for students aspiring to study medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies. 

The mini-medical summer day consisted of lectures and workshops from NHS professionals and kickstarted with an inspiring keynote speech from Royal London surgeon Martin Griffiths, who has recently been appointed as the Clinical Director for the Violence Reduction Clinical Network in NHS England London. 

Approximately 30 talented students from Mossbourne Sixth Form, Mossbourne Community Academy and Mossbourne Victoria Park from years 10 to 12 participated in the workshop, where they were given an exciting taster to roles available in medicine today, including three workshop sessions hosted by Dr Griffiths. 

One particularly interactive session was led by Intensive Care Unit Registrar Dr Michael O’Connor, from the Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust, to encourage students to think about the ethical considerations involved in caring for the sickest patients who are often on the edge of life.

17-year-old Valentina Walls, who is hoping to study medicine at university, said: “I feel very lucky to be at Mossbourne and to be able to experience the opportunities available here. I have received a lot of support and learnt so much. I have even secured work experience at Homerton Hospital.”

Another aspect of the summer school was a comprehensive session with Mossbourne Alumni now studying healthcare courses at university. Current students were able to discuss personal statements, university interviews and practical exam preparation.  

Massimo Monks, who studied medicine at Oxford University and University College London said: “Mossbourne helped me so much to get my place at Oxford. When I was in school we didn’t have the Medical bursary and so it’s great that this is in place to help the next wave of medics.”

Director of the Medical bursary programme at Mossbourne Community Academy, William Clifford-Brown said: “Our students are given exposure to the latest changes in medicine. They are encouraged to attend conferences and courses and given the opportunity to explore all aspects of medicine.”

The day culminated with Dr Elika Kashef, Consultant interventional radiologist, who discussed her Career in Medicine and Interventional Radiology.