A busy start of term for the Lancing College medics

A degree in biomedical science presents students with a wide range of opportunities to continue their development or training in a number of related disciplines. The current shortage of skills in the medical and bioscience areas looks set to continue, offering further professional developments for those interested to work in this sector. The College has seen its thriving medics group grow from strength to strength; every year more than ten College pupils gain offers in this area, with degree choices varying from medicine and biomedical science to medicinal chemistry and neuroscience.

The medics group offers an additional enrichment opportunity for these pupils to focus on a wide range of medical-related topics and explore all the opportunities available in these fields. In addition to their weekly meetings, medics benefit from a variety of events including regular lectures at the RSCH, surgical skills courses and network sessions with Lancing OLs.

The Lent Term has been very busy for the College medics; we heard back from three Lower Sixth pupils on their most recent trips.

Punn Punn I reports on the lecture “Aortic surgery: has much changed?” held at the Royal Sussex County Hospital:

“The talk was organised by the Brighton and Sussex Medico-Chirurgical Society (informally known as ‘MedChi’); founded in 1847, the society provides an opportunity for medical professionals to meet and discuss medical issues. The members are usually hospitals doctors, GPs, retired doctors, as well medical students. Lancing medics have been fortunate enough to attend the lectures for the last three years. The speaker in this occasion was the newly inaugurated President of the Medico-Chirurgical Society, Mr Syed Waquar Yusuf, who introduced endovascular aortic surgery and carotid surgery under local anaesthesia to Sussex. Moreover, he has played a predominant role in the development of endovascular aortic aneurysm repair, and performed the world’s first endovascular repair of a ruptured aneurysm in 1994. The talk was very fascinating as Mr Yusuf told us about his role in the early days of aortic surgery and how it has evolved into modern day surgery. With lots of images, details of experimental trials and interesting data to show the success or failure of these trials, the Lancing College medics were certainly given much to think about.”

Lydia B tells us about the recent medics’ trip the Leaf Clinic in Eastbourne:

“We had the opportunity to observe a partially dissected human cadaver, and were talked through the lower half of the body by a podiatrist and the upper body by a physiotherapist. The group were initially apprehensive about the visit but it was fascinating to see and be talked through the anatomy; we discussed everything from carpal tunnel syndrome to kidney cancer, from snapped Achilles heels to enlarged spleens.
The visit was a real privilege and we all saw how the cadavers were treated with such respect and care, and how invaluable an opportunity it is for us and medical students to be able to see real anatomy, not just textbook images. The podiatrist’s discussion on the effects on the body of walking and standing made us all more aware of our posture and health.
The visit allowed us to understand in real life the structures and organs we learn about in the classroom and gave us a greater appreciation of how they work. We left inspired about the opportunities available to us in the future.”

Eoghan C-C talks about the recent surgical skill course the medics attended:

"We travelled to Christ's Hospital School to attend a surgical skills course held by 3 surgeons and a junior doctor. The course, aimed to improve our knowledge of surgery, was divided in four separate stations, each tackling a different element of surgery. The first station taught us how to suture; at the second station, they explained how to tie a surgical knot and its possible applications; at the third station we learned more about laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery and attempted a rudimentary version of it. At the final station we were showed various surgical instruments and were taught about their possible applications in surgery. We had an amazing experience, giving us a genuine and practical insight into the some aspects of what a career in surgery might be like."

More trips and lectures are planned for the rest of the term, which will continue to provide valuable experience for the aspiring medical group.

Pictures of pupils at the Leaf Lab