Packed-Out Event Sees Budding Medics Given Priceless Insights

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31 Aug 2019

Aspiring doctors from every school in the Lothians are to receive inspiring insights from surgeons at the biggest ever Getting into Medical School event on 31 August 2019.

The event, hosted by the College, will give over 125 students from state schools and private schools equal opportunity to learn more about enrolling on a degree in medicine.

Over 125 students will attend the symposium in Edinburgh to hear leading figures provide expert advice on how to secure a place – while also presenting the career paths available, as well as opportunities to speak with medical students, doctors and RCSEd Council Members.

A number of surgeons will also showcase just how fulfilling a career as in surgery can be.

It comes after Scottish universities committed to increasing the number of places for Scottish-based students, understanding that they will be more likely to remain north of the border.

Zahid Raza, RCSEd Council Member and Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, said:

“With an aging population and uncertainty around bringing in talent from overseas, we simply must get it right with the next generation of medics.

“Surgery is just one option for those looking to studying medicine and we hope that today really acts to inspire.

“Sadly, it’s often the way that state school students are given far less advice and guidance when it comes to careers in medicine than their private school counterparts and we’re keen to do what we can to put an end to this imbalance.

“Yes it is an undeniably challenging career, but it is immensely rewarding and even life-affirming. You can improve, and even save, lives with your own hands.

“It is also incredibly diverse in what it can offer and we hope that by bringing a number of experts in from different fields, we can show just how exciting it can be.

“We’re delighted with the uptake. This is the fourth year we have hosted this event – and it is the earliest we have filled and surpassed the allocation. It’s really heartening to see the level of demand out there.”

The President of the RCSEd, Professor Michael Griffin, is very supportive of the event and hopes that it continues to grow from strength-to-strength, encouraging more young people into the profession with each year.

In addition, a number of pupils will travel from further afield, including Dunbar, Peebles, North Berwick and Glasgow. 

The Getting into Medical School event will also be replicated in Birmingham on 7 September 2019.

As the largest of the UK’s four surgical Colleges and a 27,000 strong membership across 100 countries worldwide, RCSEd provides training, examinations and development to medical professionals.

While headquartered in Edinburgh, the College has centres in Birmingham and Kuala Lumpur to serve growing UK and international memberships.


About The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

RCSEd was first incorporated as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, and is based in Edinburgh and Birmingham. It is one of the oldest surgical corporations in the world with a worldwide membership of almost 29,000. The majority of our members practice across the UK, with 11,000 professionals based in England and Wales. The College also has a significant global presence with 11,000 members in over 100 countries worldwide. 

The College promotes the highest standards of surgical and dental practice through education, training and examinations, its liaison with external medical bodies and representation of the modern surgical and dental workforce. It is also home to the UK’s only Faculty of Surgical Trainers, open to all those with an interest in surgical training regardless of College affiliation.

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Issued by Beattie on behalf of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. For further information, please contact the team on or Emma Bain on 07730 415 096.   

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