Medical matters

Our medics have been very busy throughout the Advent Term, taking part in a series of events that will further develop and enrich their understanding of medical related issues and debates. The term began with Upper and Lower Sixth Form pupils attending a lecture entitled “Making Faces -The Science and Art of Facial Expression” given by Dr Charles Nduka at the RSCH for the Brighton and Sussex Medico-Chirurgical Society. The group learnt how dependent we all are upon being able use to facial expression, and saw the huge impact its loss can have upon our lives through either accidents, birth defects or strokes.

Soon after, Upper Sixth medics celebrated the completion of their UCAS applications forms with an evening at the Old Market theatre in Brighton, watching Dial Medicine for Murder. It was a two-man show, featuring Dr Harry Brunjes and Dr Andrew Johns, which took the audience on a journey into the minds and actions of two infamous doctors, Dr Harold Shipman and Dr John Bodkin Adams, who abused their positions of power.

In November, the Sixth Form visited the Royal College of Pathologist, where pupils were surrounded by preserved specimens of bizarrely deformed organs and skeletons, for a medical ethics activity-based lecture. They discussed various topics, including consent for organ donation, with the help and guidance of doctors who had chosen to specialise in this area of medicine.

In subsequent weeks, the medics welcomed Dr Luke Staveley-Wadham to the College. In his talk, Dr Staveley-Wadham explained how he started out as a lawyer, later became a soldier and then fairly recently trained to be a doctor. His unusual career path and entertaining pictorial journey through his life to date gave our aspiring young medics much food for thought.

Supplementing the array of events held during the term, the College organised a multiple mini interview session for the Upper Sixth medics who have just completed their applications for medical school. The session lasted 70 minutes and included counselling a 15-year-old girl about contraception and discussing more topical issues such as organ donation and NHS funding.

We look forward to another term full of exciting learning opportunities.