School students given the opportunity to see what it’s like to become a doctor!
Cwm Taf University Health Board’s medical education department are providing opportunities for year 12 students from local schools to undertake a Medical Work Observation Scheme (MWObS) to see if they have any interest in becoming a Doctor.
The scheme, which is delivered at both the Royal Glamorgan Hospital and Prince Charles Hospital provides a valuable insight into the medical profession and offers a fantastic opportunity to observe first hand, clinical environments which include theatres, wards and outpatient clinics.
The programme includes interview techniques and personal statement writing workshops which are delivered by the University of South Wales. Following completion of the programme, the students have the opportunity to undertake work experience in an area that has triggered their interest.
Twenty Three year old Nathan Ivey from Tonyrefail started the works observation programme June 2012 at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital. He then began his medical training at Cardiff University in September 2013 and commenced as a Foundation Year 1 Doctor in Cwm Taf in August of this year (2018).
Nathan said: “Before attending the work observation programme I wanted to apply for medical school, however I had limited knowledge of what the profession was actually like.
“The work observation programme gave me the opportunity to experience medicine as a career, to attend theatre and witness operations, and to sit in on outpatient clinics witnessing real patients with real conditions. This experience was invaluable in reinforcing my desire to study medicine, and aided my application to medical school by giving me experience to reflect upon.
“Work observation programmes are invaluable to students with an interest in Medicine, as it is extremely difficult to gain experience independently.
“I joined through the work observation programme through independent research as my school was not aware of the opportunity available.
“Although the scheme is now more widely publicised, it’s really important that every school in Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil are aware of it, as this allows every student who has an interest in medicine to be given equal opportunities.”