RCOG Careers Day for Medical Students, 2015

9 Mar 2015 21:37

BritSPAG has taken part in the Careers Day hosted by the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists on Saturday 7th. February 2015.

The aim of this venture is to provide medical students with first-hand information about a career in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, thereby encouraging recruitment into specialty training.  This meeting was the second of its kind, organised by Dr. Lamis Latif, Founder and President of the British Undergraduate Society for Obstetrics & Gynaecology (BUSOG).
The format of the day entailed a morning of presentations in the august surroundings of the RCOG's Nuffield Hall, followed by an afternoon of workshops in the college's wonderful purpose-built Education Centre.  Two hundred and sixty-five students attended, mainly fourth and fifth years, but some more junior; there were even some first years, who were being extremely proactive in planning for their future careers!  The presentations were delivered by consultants and trainees, as well as by medical students who had won prestigious RCOG awards based on their experiences in UK hospitals and overseas electives.  A prize-giving ceremony rounded off the morning's activities.

In the afternoon, representatives of specialist O&G societies delivered workshops, providing insights into the many and varied aspects of a career in the wonderfully broad-based specialty of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.  The British Maternal & Fetal Medicine Society (BMFMS), the British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy (BSGE) and the Vulval Pain Society were all represented, along with the British Society for Paediatric & Adolescent Gynaecology (BritSPAG).
Dr. Brigid Hayden represented BritSPAG, taking her lead from Dr. Sue Ward who is generally a faithful presence at such meetings, but who was unable to attend on this occasion.  Brigid provided an informal presentation to a total of approximately seventy students during the course of the afternoon, some of whom stayed from start to finish!  The workshop comprised Powerpoint slides as a basis, breaking into informal discussion and explanation on all aspects of Paediatric & Adolescent Gynaecology.

Understandably, not all of the students had been aware of the concept of Paediatric & Adolescent Gynaecology.  Brigid explained to the group that she herself had learnt about it as a post-Membership trainee, when she attended a course in Nottingham, run by Dr. Sheila Duncan.  Fortunately, Paediatric & Adolescent Gynaecology now features on the MRCOG syllabus, ensuring that all specialty trainees now gain some knowledge in that area.

The students expressed their appreciation for the session, and it was an enjoyable afternoon for all concerned.

Taking part in the RCOG Careers Day is a very positive thing for BritSPAG, and we look forward to ongoing involvement in future events.  If anyone would like more information about such events, please email Brigid on: brigidhayden@gmail.com

Author: Dr Brigid Hayden