Published: 22nd December 2019
How St George's University's workshop gave aspiring doctors from all over India 'a dose of the right Medicine'
The 3-day workshop, in which 22 students from all over the country participated, included both theory and practical sessions which gave a complete overview of the medical discipline
In India, a career in Medicine is appealing, lucrative and much sought-after that most often children take it up (mostly due to parental persuasion) without even understanding if it is the right fit for them or not. And once they realise that it is not their cup of tea, they are forced to quit the course abruptly. Therefore, to acquaint children with Medicine and what it has to offer, St George's University, Grenada, in association with Ramaiah University, Bengaluru conducted a 'Mini Med School' programme on December 19, 20 and 21 in Bengaluru. "We believe it is very important for students who wish to enrol in Bachelor's in Medicine to thoroughly understand what they are getting into before they go ahead and do it," said Salil Gupta, South Asia Head, St George's University.
The 3-day programme, exclusively conducted for the students of class XI and XII, included a mix of theory and practicals, whereby students were exposed to the clinical side of Medicine. "The idea of offering this programme to students is to make them aware of Medicine as a profession and what they should be expecting in a Medical school. The objective of this workshop was to expose students to the exciting world of opportunities in Medicine in India and around the world," Salil added.
Over 22 students from across Indian cities like Ranchi, Delhi and Mumbai participated in the workshop, which included lectures on various topics such as introduction to Medicine, evolution of Medicine, introduction to medical instruments and devices, introduction to heart and cardiovascular system, understanding the nervous system and the environmental impact on the field of Medicine today. Practical sessions that revolved around dissection and anatomy were held too.
"This is not the first time that we are conducting such a workshop. The first edition of Mini Med School was organised back in June this year and it was a roaring success. In fact, it is due to parental demands that we have organised it again in December," Salil pointed out, also informing us that St George's is the only university that has conducted such a workshop in India which is beneficial for both the students and the University. "The students can get an overview of the entire Medical curriculum while the University can also understand if the students are prepared to take up the course or not. It is a win-win," he added.