Richard Taunton Science Students Practice their Bedside Manner

7th December 2018

Future medics had the opportunity to put their human anatomy knowledge to the test this week when they participated in the inspiring ‘Prepare a Doctor’ programme, run by Operating Theatre Live.

A level Biology students programme got the chance to advance their academic and practical skills during the two day event which aims to stretch and develop high achieving students who are considering healthcare professions as their next step.

The event not only covered advanced human anatomy, which included the handling and dissection of real specimens, including a full thorax – the trachea, heart, lungs, and diaphragm, but also challenged students’ communication skills and their bedside manner, with a focus on patient care and diagnosis.

Biology student Rosie Randall, formerly from Testwood Sports College, attended and said the following:

“I’d never done anything like it before, and to be able to get that involved with numerous organ systems was brilliant, as well as the opportunity to learn more about a career in medicine as a whole.”

With dedicated sessions covering everything from infection control, the calculation of anesthetic doses, an examination of the digestive system, to the preparing of patients for surgery – students got an in-depth understanding and insight into their possible future careers, and a wealth of new information to take away and apply to their ongoing studies.

Curriculum manager for sciences Rachel Powell said:

“This was a fantastic opportunity for our students who aspire to develop a career in one of the highly competitive medical fields, including medicine, veterinary medicine, and midwifery. The practical skills developed, as well as the understanding gained about the importance of good communication and compassion, will give these students invaluable experience to complement their academic studies.”