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Worldwide demand for Brighton’s virtual medical school

More than 2,000 people have signed up for a new virtual work experience scheme developed by Brighton and Sussex Medical School since the programme launched at the end of January.

Originally developed to allow those considering studying medicine to gain some insights into the profession, since the COVID-19 lockdown the online platform has been picked up widely.

Participants range from 16-18 year olds, to a healthcare assistant, a cabin crew member, a dinner lady and even a tax consultant. While most users are UK based, others are based in Hong Kong and Malaysia, several European countries and even South America.

Darren Beaney, Head of Admissions, Recruitment and Widening Participation at BSMS, said: “As aspiring medics are confined to their houses during the lockdown and with many work experience opportunities cancelled, we are proud to be able to offer a comprehensive programme that provides some support for those considering a career in medicine.”

The course includes modules looking at the roles of different types of doctors, identifying the different skills and qualities required to be a doctor; the challenges faced by the NHS, and the various ways people access healthcare.

“While our course does not replace ‘hands-on’ work experience, it provides students with some valuable insights into medicine,” said Charolotte Smyrk, Widening Participation, Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator at BSMS. “Students from non-traditional backgrounds who may not have contacts in clinical settings often miss out on clinical work experience. Our programme aims to provide some of the insights that work experience provides, developing students’ knowledge of the field of medicine by exploring the key skills, values and attributes required by doctors.”

The programme is open to everyone. Find out more and enrol.

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By: Sean Armstrong
Last updated: Friday, 17 April 2020

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