RCSI Bahrain Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Future Doctors on the road

RCSI Bahrain last week hosted its inaugural ‘Future Doctors’ Roadshow event at the Zayed University Convention Centre in Academic City, Dubai.

45 students from 16 high schools across Abu Dhabi and Dubai attended over two days, which aimed to introduce participants 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.

After an introduction to the university and the medical programmes on offer by RCSI Bahrain Chief Operating Officer, Stephen Harrison-Mirfield and Director of Admissions, Dr Declan Gaynor, participants took to their first interactive workshops in ultrasound – conducted by Senior Lecturer in Anatomy, Dr Tim Doubell – and communication skills – presented by Senior Lecturer in Family Medicine, Dr David Misselbrook.

The students then got up close to a screening of a real-life laparoscopic gallbladder removal procedure, narrated by RCSI Bahrain’s Head of School of Postgraduate Studies and Research, Professor Davinder Sandhu, who also gave a personal account of his career in medicine and an overview of the kind of specialist training and life available post-graduation.

An open question-and-answer session offered the perfect opportunity to grill the doctors and academics on hand before the participants were presented with certificates to acknowledge their contribution to the programme.

RCSI Bahrain’s Future Doctors programme was launched in November 2015, when 25 students and career counsellors from around the region visited the Bahrain campus for three days of activities.

The second edition of the event late last year grew to 40 participants and, from its success – which has seen two students join the Medical programme and a further three accepted for 2017/18 entry – came the idea of bringing Future Doctors on the road.

The aim of this Future Doctors roadshow is to give many more high school students across the UAE additional opportunities for insight into life as a medical student and clinical practice. The event falls in line with the university’s noble purpose to enhance healthcare in Bahrain and around the GCC through endeavour, innovation and collaboration in education, research and service.

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Posted by RCSI Bahrain on Tuesday, 18 April 2017