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Oswestry School Medical Education Conference

With an early morning live interview on BBC Radio Shropshire and a ‘shout out’ by Chris Evans on BBC Radio 2, our first ever Medical Conference kicked off with great excitement. Having publicised the event just before Christmas with a staggering demand for places, we were thrilled to open our doors to 120 pupils from 10 different schools across North Shropshire, Powys, Cheshire and Telford.

The conference introduced the young delegates to the various career paths in the NHS, they had an opportunity to hear about life as a young doctor along with insider tips and information about the process of gaining entry into medical school.

Dr John Jones, Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education for Shropshire, opened the conference with a keynote speech. After which the morning comprised of a series of sessions in which delegates were introduced to a variety of medical specialisms including suturing with Dr Soon Lim, Clinician, Educator and Medicolegial Expert and discussion about Oncology and Palliative Care from Professor Matthew Makin, Executive Medical Director. After lunch, the conference was joined by Mr Mark Cheetham, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, who chaired a medical ethics debate entitled, ‘The NHS has had its day. It should be replaced by a social insurance system modelled on those in much of the rest of the developed world’.

We were extremely grateful to all the speakers who gave of their precious time to join us for the day. Four of our speakers, Mr Mark Cheetham, Dr Gill Conde, Dr Soon Lim and Dr Tom Reehal are Old Oswestrians; it was especially super to welcome them back to school.

Mr Tim Jefferis, Deputy Head Academic said, “Delegates left the school buzzing with what they had learnt and much better informed about the life and work of the NHS. We are very grateful to all the speakers and to the pupils and staff - some of whom travelled a considerable distance - to be with us”.