Day 1

Consultants and Specialists from all major medical,surgical and allied specialities will provide an overview (‘taster’) of different specialities. This will be particularly beneficial for students who are yet to decide on the speciality they wish to pursue on completion of medical school.

Days 2 and 3

Essential theoretical information about each speciality will be taught. In addition, there will be sessions on basic surgical and suturing skills, orthopaedic skills, basic life support, intermediate life support, essentials of trauma life support, laparoscopic skills, and basic skills in paediatrics, OBG and ophthalmology

Day 4

Delegates will develop an understanding of core knowledge underpinning global health practice and humanitarian response in areas as diverse as trauma, infectious disease, and maternal global health. Delegates will gain an insight into challenges faced by practitioners and will be presented with opportunities to network with global health professionals.

Day 5

Necessary information will be given on developing and nurturing a portfolio; guidance on career progression; entering a core training and later a specialist training programme; recent advances and future of various specialities and; what to expect of a particular speciality/career in 10-15 years time. There will also be sessions on global health and working in conflict and war zones.

Aims of The School

Provide an insight and enhance understanding of the most competitive surgical and medical specialities
Guidance on developing a strong portfolio
Offer a taster of basic clinical and surgical skills in the speciality
Provide opportunities to interact with consultants and registrars
Offer guidance to students on how to develop their chosen career

Social Events

  • Dinner evenings to socialise with your peers, consultants and registrars
  • Enjoy the Summer evenings in Manchester

Expert Lectures

  • How to undertake clinical audits?
  • How to present at National and International Conferences?
  • How to publish scientific papers?
  • Issues related to intercalating and undertaking a higher research degree.
  • Insight into Academic Training Pathway and Academic Career.
  • Current advances in and the future of individual specialities.
  • Training programme and tips to enter a particular speciality

Overview to School

Recent changes in the training structure for junior doctors, coupled with a reduction in the duration of training, mean that doctors must choose their ‘lifetime’ career within 1-2 years of leaving medical school. To decide on a speciality at such an early stage can clearly be an arduous task since exposure to the competitive surgical and medical specialities during medical school is limited. This has resulted in junior doctors (Foundation Years) reaching the ‘cross roads’ of choosing a career without a clear understanding of the merits and demerits, pressures and challenges, and long-term prospects of the various specialities.

This can be overcome if medical students decide on a speciality whilst at university and channel their efforts towards developing a sound understanding during hospital placements and diligently constructing a tailored portfolio. In addition, such students will clearly hold an advantage during the job application process and, later, in interviews. Tailoring the portfolio will involve choosing appropriate clinical placements and electives, undertaking clinical audits and/or basic science research, presentations and publications, and demonstrating a clear and purposeful interest in that speciality.

During the Summer School, Consultants, Registrars and junior doctors from each speciality will provide students with essential knowledge and information about that speciality. They will also offer students advice, guidance, and opportunities to develop their portfolio.

In addition to learning, students will also be given the chance to interact with their peers from other medical schools in the UK and beyond during the various social activities and programmes which will be arranged for the long summer evenings.