Medicine Insight Day @ Keele University

Medicine Insight Day at Keele University: So you want to be a doctor? 

 On the 8th March 2017 I along with nine others from year 11 were given the opportunity to attend a medicine careers day at Keele University. The purpose of the event was to give young people an insight of what being a doctor is like, the skills you need to be a doctor and how you can get in to medicine.  

As soon as we arrived at the university we were signed in and given our timetable for the structure of the day. The first morning session was an introduction from the Chair of the Event, Fatima Dalal, who graduated from Keele University two years ago. Fatima Dalal started with why she got in to medicine and explained life as a medical student. She gave us useful tips on what to include in our personal statement which would appeal to universities like Keele.  

Our second session was a very enthusiastic lecture from Professor Terry Wardle called ‘why choose a career in medicines & pathways in a medical career’. This lecture was full of advantages of becoming doctor such as the good moral feeling of knowing you saved someone’s life, social status and a good salary. However he also gave us the problems most doctors face; Professor Wardle described experiences in his life when things have gone wrong and the consequences he faced which were mentally challenging. This showed us all that if we do want to become a doctor we have to be prepared for things to be challenging and we need to be able to deal with stressful situations. Finally, he presented all the various areas a doctor can choose to specialise in which opened our minds to all the different possibilities and what would suit each one of us best.  

The afternoon sessions were a series of interactive workshops which involved:  

  • Admissions Q&A: 

Four admission officers from three universities answered all our questions about what makes an application stand out and the different requirements each university demands. This was extremely useful as the admission officers have read thousands of applications and it is them who decides who gets an interview and who gets accepted. The most important aspect apart from high grades according to the admission officers was work experience. They emphasised that hands on work experience rather than just shadowing is a big advantage.  

  • Lab workshops: 

Here we were able to take part in practical lessons where we were taught about the dangers of infectious diseases, peak flow (lung function) and dip stick testing. This was great because it gave us an insight to what the students who attend Keele learn and how they are taught it.  

  • Meet the doctor: 

We were back in the lecture theatre for this workshop with Professor Robert Kirby who is a surgeon and Dr Anujeet Panesar who is a GP. Both of the doctors gave a presentation about what their job includes as well as other medical jobs. Earlier we had heard from two junior Doctors so it was great to hear from senior doctors as it gave more information about what the job of a doctor requires. As both doctors were involved with the university they also told us what exams like the UKCAT are and they explained how are results from them are viewed by each university we apply to.  

Before attending the careers day at Keele I didn’t know much about all the requirements from all the Universities to get into medicine. After leaving Keele I am now confident in what I need to achieve not just academically but what I need to do to improve my personal statement. Vital elements like the best places to get practical work experience and how to do well in an interview were given to me by all the people who organised the event. I would like to thank Keele University and all the Doctors, students and professors who took time to answer all of our questions.  


John Salter