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Destination Medicine Programme

We were lucky enough to have four of our current Year 12 students; Thando, Kyle, Alice and Tazmin accepted to attend the University of Liverpool Destination Medicine Programme.

Destination Medicine is a three day widening participation summer school for Year 12 students which takes place at both the University of Liverpool campus and at Whiston Hospital . The summer school aims to develop confident, well informed applicants to the University’s medicine programme.

Over the three days, students took part in a number of workshops and hands-on sessions covering the essential skills and techniques for a successful application into medicine and a career in the caring professions. The campus-based activities included workshops covering medical interviews, aptitude tests (UKCAT), additional entry requirements and personal statements for medicine. Working alongside the University’s Clinical Skills team, they also offered a taster into some of the clinical skills studied on a medicine degree. As part of Destination Medicine, students will joined a local hospital giving them experience of a clinical setting and the opportunity to work with medical professionals.

Destination Medicine is an intensive summer school, designed to stretch and challenge local Year 12 students. The students all reported that the programme was excellent and will help them on their journey to become medical professionals. See below for Alice's write-up on her experience.
Clare Payne – CIAG Co-ordinator

 

"During the first day of the programme we received a lecture on how to apply for medical school, what grades were expected at A level and GCSE, along with which skills would be important for a Doctor. 
We then reflected on our visit to Whiston hospital, where students shared their experiences with other groups. After that we went to the Clinical Skills Teaching and Learning Centre, where we were taught how to properly clean our hands, suture and how to deal with contaminated sharp objects, before being allowed to practice suturing ourselves. Finally, we were given a tour of the facilities in order to practice what we had learnt with the equipment available to us.

On the second day, the first thing we did was go through the UKCAT website to familiarise ourselves with it and share what we believed to be the top five tips for the exam to be. Following that we watched various sample videos on interviews and picked apart what went wrong and what went well for each one. We learnt how to act and present ourselves in an interview. Finally, the university brought in various medics with a range of specialities for us to question in a mock interview; we were split in to groups of three and moved around in a circuit set up similarly to how Liverpool sets up its own Multiple Mini Interviews.
At the end we shared what we thought was the most surprising thing we learnt from the interviews and why, before receiving  certificates for completing the programme."

- Alice Berryman: Year 12 Student and participant in the Destination Medicine programme

For more information about the programme, please see their website: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/widening-participation/post-sixteen/destination-medicine/