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25th March 2022

Pupils attend Oakham’s Annual Clinical Courses Conference

Last Saturday saw aspiring medical, veterinary and dental students from several local schools attend Oakham’s Annual Clinical Courses Conference.

Guest speakers included Dr Aruna Garcea who talked about life as a GP, Dr Rachel Williams who spoke about hospital medicine and Mr Chris Booth who gave a talk on veterinary medicine, including a fascinating description of some canine surgical procedures. 

There was also an important session on admissions tests including a quiz. Old Oakhamian (OO) Ben Dimbleby from Birmingham Medical School led a demonstration interview and there was a panel discussion with upper sixth applicants, undergraduate and post graduate medical students. 

The conference concluded with an exercise on multi-tasking involving a large quantity of Lego! 

Dr Andrew Nicoll, the lead on Clinical Courses and organiser of the event said, “Applying to medical school can be tough and competitive, but the conference was a great opportunity to learn how to be prepared and to put together a strong medical school application. Thank you to our guest speakers for their time and advice.”

Oakham School works closely with external partners and national contacts, as well as its extensive alumni network, to introduce pupils to careers and work experience. Upcoming events for pupils considering applying for clinical courses include an OO discussion evening with OOs entitled ‘Medicine and Me’ as well as the much-feared practice interview panels in June!

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