Budding doctors at The Sixth Form College, Solihull got into the festive spirit and picked up valuable medical knowledge thanks to the Christmas lectures at the University of Birmingham’s Medical School last week.

All the students are part of the College’s Pre-Medical School, which is a specialist enrichment for a select group of students with ambitions to pursue medical careers. The scheme gives these students the opportunity to visit hospitals and universities for specialist lectures and workshops.

This full day event included a series of talks and lectures, all with a Christmas related theme. For example, the ‘Rudolph the Red-eyed Reindeer’ lecture by Mr Matt Edmunds was all about eye trauma and infections. The students even saw video of the removal and replacement of a lens.

Other lectures included ‘When Santa got stuck up the chimney; fighting the festive flab’ by Dr Miranda Pallan, ‘Red Noses, Red Faces and Red Cells’ by Dr Jim Murray and Dr Ben Bailiff and ‘Type 1 diabetes and Christmas – the challenges and the solutions’ by Dr Mujahid Saeed.

Assistant Principal Trevor Irving commented, “Thanks to staff at the University of Birmingham’s Medical School for this fantastic set of medical lectures. We have 15 students in our Pre-Medical School and they have ambitions to pursue demanding careers and competitive university courses. An experience such as this, supports these ambitions a great deal.”

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