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Minister for Health visits Brighton and Sussex Medical School

* 19 May 2004 *

Minister for Health visits Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Dr Stephen Ladyman MP, Under Secretary of State for Community Care, yesterday (17 May 2004) paid a spontaneous visit to BSMS to meet students and staff.

The visit opened with a tour of the School's modern clinical skills teaching facilities where the minister was given a brief demonstration of the newly installed human patient simulator.

Professor Jon Cohen, Dean of the new medical school and Professor Sir David Watson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Brighton, welcomed the minister, who was then introduced to eight first year medical students. Following a stimulating question and answer session, the students were joined by senior faculty and local clinicians including Dr Charles Turton, Medical Director at the Brighton and Sussex University Hospital Acute Trust and Dr Vanessa Lynch, GP.

Professor Cohen welcomed the ministerial visit, "BSMS will help make a significant difference in the quality of healthcare both locally and nationally, so this type of recognition is always welcome.

"We were delighted to host the visit and are pleased that Dr Ladyman had the opportunity to meet a wide range of students. Our modern, innovative curriculum that emphasises early contact with patients to help students develop communication skills at the same time as the basic science of medicine has clearly struck a chord - after just one year, places at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) have proved to be among the most sought-after in the country with more than 14 applicants for every place on its programme."

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