The Medics Society is one of Lancing's strengths offering a dedicated programme of support. The Society is open to Fifth and Sixth Form students who are aspiring to a career in medicine, veterinary or other science-related subjects. Competition for university places in medicine and biomedical sciences is fierce, and this programme allows the students to be well-equipped and as informed as possible about the process and the wide range of options available. The Medics meet weekly to discuss a variety of topics, they also attend medical events and lectures at hospitals across the region. Time is also spent on role-playing activities to further their interpersonal skills, interview technique and studying approach to master the BMAT and UKCAT exams, the two challenging medical entrance exams.
The support provided from a team of expert advisors at the College has resulted in the medical group going from strength to strength. In recent years a large number of Lancing pupils have gained offers into areas with degree choices varying from medicine, biomedical sciences and chemistry to medical engineering and biological sciences, with a plethora of offers from outstanding institutions including Oxbridge, Russell Group universities, UCL and Imperial College.
It was an action-packed Advent Term for the Medics. Led by Biology teacher Becky Webber, the programme offered once again a huge variety of events, including several Medico-Chirurgical lectures at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. In one of the the latest sessions, our pupils were offered an insight into the vocation of a plastic surgeon; they also learned about the history of plastic surgery and how modern research is vital to develop new materials to be used in the field.
The term’s programme also included a visit to medical-related careers fair at Worthing Hospital; practice interviews in preparation to university admissions tests; and a visit to the Leaf Lab in Eastbourne to witness a cadaver prosection.
Madelaine P from the Lower Sixth writes about the session at the Leaf Lab:
‘It was a very interesting experience as we were all keen to learn more about the human body. At the Lab we were introduced to a podiatrist and a physiotherapist, who were going to lead the prosection and explain the different parts of the human body. I found that the anatomy looked quite different and was a lot more complex than what I had seen in diagrams in lessons. We also learned about the different muscles, bones, joints and tendons in the leg, which was something new for many of us.
It was a very interesting educational experience; I think it gave us a much more realistic insight as to what the human anatomy is really like.’
At the Medics Dinner at the Athenaeum Club in London, 15 pupils from the Fifth and Sixth Forms had the opportunity to listen to guest speakers Professor Lord McColl of Dulwich CBE and Dr Harry Brünjes, former Chair of the College’s Governing Body. At the event our pupils met and networked with a number of doctors and surgeons, who shared their experience of a career in the medical field.
There will certainly be more Medics news at the beginning of the Lent Term as a record-breaking number of pupils apply to medical schools across the country.