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The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – Medical University of Bahrain (RCSI Bahrain) welcomed a group of high school students and teachers from around the Middle East region to its Busaiteen campus for the second annual Future Doctors programme.
Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, organised by the university’s Marketing and Communications team, this year’s programme was expanded to include local school representatives, with a total of twenty students and twenty counsellors in attendance.
The main aim of the initiative was to introduce attendees to the ‘life of a student at RCSI Bahrain’ and the ‘life of a doctor’ by engaging them in a host of academic and non-academic activities.
The visitors were treated to a series of hands-on, interactive workshops presented by RCSI Bahrain senior academic staff as well as advice on specialist postgraduate careers in the field of medicine. Among the attendees were Grade 11 and Grade 12 students and teachers from schools in Qatar, Oman, the UAE, Jordan, Kuwait, and of course, Bahrain.
After an introductions by RCSI Bahrain President, Professor Sameer Otoom, Head of the School of Medicine, Professor Joe McMenamin and Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Professor Seamus Cowman, the visitors were given an extensive tour of the campus facilities by staff and current on the opening day. Among those present were current Foundation Year medical students, Reema Mahdi and Farah Zahir Akram Alrasasy, who took part in last year’s inaugural event.
Day two featured laboratory sessions on Electrocardiography (ECGs) and Living Anatomy, followed by an afternoon tour of the island, taking in the Grand Mosque, Bahrain National Museum and the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Bu Maher Fort.
The programme also featured overviews of specialist postgraduate options by RCSI Bahrain Professor of Surgery and King Hamad University Hospital Chief of Staff, Professor Martin Corbally, a communication skills workshop with Senior Lecturer in Family Medicine, Dr David Misselbrook, and a general question-and-answer session. RCSI Bahrain is a constituent university of RSCI, which was established in 1784. Like its Irish counterpart, RCSI Bahrain is a not-for-profit health sciences institution focused on education and research to drive positive change in all areas of human health worldwide.