Here is a selection of past events, talks and activities our students have participated in.
Kings College London Medicine Lecture Series
A number of the Ashmole Medicine Society students went to attend the King’s College of London medicine lecture series. These lectures are designed to focus on specific specialities of medicine and are in a sense, giving an insight of the broad spectrum of medicine. Some lectures revolved around Adult Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Trauma and Orthopaedics and so forth.
“The Trauma and Orthopaedics lecture was one of my favourites, because the doctor who was delivering the lecture introduced us to her speciality: the management of musculoskeletal disease, injuries and conditions, which involves cartilage and nerves, bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Furthermore, she highlighted the team work and collaboration that are vital in the world of medicine, through her work with others such as ortho-geriatricians, laboratory scientists, nurses, phlebotomists, radiologists and microbiologists.
By giving a timeline of her medical studies and all the post examinations upon graduating from medical school, this demonstrated that becoming a doctor is a lifelong commitment, which needs to be in par with the constant technological advancements that are taking place year in and year out in the medical world.”
Yasmin, Year 12
Caius College Cambridge, Medicine Access Event
Caius College is the fourth-oldest college at the University of Cambridge- founded in 1348. On the 4th of November, they hosted a Medicine Access Event, where we were at first given lots of very useful information about life at Cambridge, Caius college, the BMAT, work experience, admissions and Cambridge interviews.
“We had three 20-minutes supervision-style sessions. These gave us an idea of what it is like to study Medicine at Cambridge by mirroring the supervisions that students would regularly have. We had the supervisions on 3 topics: Anatomy, Neuroscience and Psychology. This was followed by a lecture by Dr James A. Fraser on 'How do Nerves work?' which gave us a good snapshot of what medical lectures are really like. Finally, we had a Q&A session so we had an opportunity to find out anything we could possibly want to know about Caius college and studying Medicine in general.
I found the whole day very informative and enjoyable. If a similar opportunity comes up for you, I would highly recommend you take it.”
Natasha, Year 12
Trip to Bart’s Pathology museum: Your Body Your Consent.
‘Medical ethics is not merely black and white, medical ethics is thousands of different shades of grey’. This quote by our workshop host, Dr Mark Wilkinson, is one which really stands out from our time participating in the workshop and perfectly encapsulates the ambiguity of medical ethics.
We began our experience at the workshop on ‘your body your consent’ by wandering around the Bart’s Pathology Museum, in awe of the plethora of human tissue available for us to observe and learn about. The vast array of tissue had been gathered and preserved over many years and were nothing but extraordinary, including cut open mice, severed hands and feet, skeletons, and various parts of the human anatomy.
Dr Mark Wilkinson delivered a talk which widened our perspective into the world of medical ethics surrounding Pathology, including ‘How much is consent needed in making decisions’ and ‘who really has the final choice in what happens to your tissue’. We all feel as though the knowledge gained from this workshop will truly help us in better preparing us for the experiences we may face when trying to pursue a career in medicine.
Arun, Year 12
K+ programme Kings College London
“For the past year I’ve been part of a programme at King’s College London, whereby I have had the opportunity to visit the university every month and engage in a range of cultural, career and academic related workshops and seminars. As well as being issued with two online mentors, one academic, who is my mentor for the academic project and tutorial series, as well as a more general mentor to answer any questions I have regarding university. As part of the course, I attended a week long summer school, and this and the ongoing support helped me to acquire a vast number of skills that are demanded by those entering and enduring the world of higher education. By this I am referring to essay writing (marked using a university grading system); tutorial-based learning; the ability to critically assess information and its origin; researching and referencing information published in academic journals and, most importantly public speaking.
There are a whole host of lecture series carried out across London, catered specifically for a post-sixteen audience. Whether you want to attend a talk based on a specific subject you wish to pursue at university, or more simply want to experience what it’s like learning in a university environment I suggest you make the most of them. “
Safia, Year 13