Prepare a Doctor - 1 Day Workshop

This 'prepare a doctor' weekend workshop is part of the Young Doctor programme, but is also available as a stand alone workshop to any student, including those taking courses unrelated to medicine and those not enrolled on the full OSA programme. The workshop takes place on a Sunday and does not overlap with any other studies.

This workshop provides an alternative to those who wish to study elements of the Young Doctor Programme, without having to commit the full two-week period.

It is aimed at students with a reasonable understanding of how the human body works. The prepare a doctor programme is in-depth and in some parts bridges into undergraduate level, in doing so exposing students to life as a medical student in the UK. 

Patient care and infection control
Students will develop communication skills using interview techniques and learn about the four types of micro-organisms. Students will explore the difference in communicable and non-communicable diseases and how pathogens spread infection.

Students will identify the CNS/PNS to understand how local and general anaesthetics function. Students will prepare stock solutions of Propofol anaesthetic to provided concentrations before administering the correct dosage using the IV method. There will be a focus on the practical execution of working in a lab when using the balances, volumetric flasks and measuring cylinders.

Principles of anatomy
Students will explore the anatomical position and its importance in communicating human anatomy. Students will develop an understanding of the main terminology used when navigating the human body.

Head and Neck
In the head and neck session students will remove and dissect the brain and spinal cord. Students will learn about the regions of the brain, the reflex arc as well as motor and sensory nerves in responding to stimuli. Students will isolate the eye and dissect the optic nerve and lens to appreciate its role as a light receptor and a sensory nerve.

The Thorax
Students will dissect a full thoracic block including the trachea, heart, lungs and diaphragm. Students will intubate the specimen using surgical equipment to observe the mechanism of inhalation and exhalation. Students will map out the structure of the heart and its chambers before dissecting the heart. Students will cover the structure of the arteries and veins before performing a real heart transplant correctly reconnecting the vessels to their new donor heart. Finally, students will listen to the acoustics of the heart using the stethoscopes.

The Abdomen
Students will familiarise themselves with the structure of the GI tract before observing a real sample. They will examine the structures of the digestive system including the oesophagus, stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, small intestine, colon, rectum and anus. 

2019 dates:
Sunday 7th July
Sunday 21st July

For students taking the Young Doctor course the cost is included. For those not taking the Young Doctor course, the cost to attend this workshop is £150.