Monday, 31 October 2016

Medical students for a day

East Gippsland secondary school students found out recently what it is like to be a medical student … even if it was only for a day. Monash Rural Health Bairnsdale, in conjunction with Gippsland Medical Students’ Network (GMSN), hosted 22 students from years 10, 11 and 12 at Bairnsdale Secondary College, Orbost Secondary College, Gippsland Grammar and Maffra Secondary College.

East Gippsland secondary students get a taste for life as a medical student.

The students were involved in an ‘Envenomation’ tutorial with the Bairnsdale Year 4C medical students, delivered by Director of the Emergency Department at Bairnsdale Regional Health Service (BRHS), Dr Mark Pritchard. This was followed by a morning tea, where the school students chatted with current medical students, clinical staff at BRHS and academic staff about all aspects of medical education, from entry and selection, selection tests, life as a medical student and pathways to a career as a rural doctor.

A clinical skills session saw students divided into groups. Under the direction of Monash clinical academic staff and Year 3B & 5D medical students, they were introduced to Basic Life Support, Basic Airway Management, anatomy of the heart, introduction to heart and lung sounds and mothercraft skills. These sessions were conducted in the Monash Bairnsdale Simulation Learning Environment with use of adult, child and obstetric mannequins.

Organisers said the students found the whole day interesting, especially the clinical skills session which they described as “a fascinating and stimulating learning experience”.  

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