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Solihull pre-med students look into the world of radiotherapy

Solihull Editorial 28th Feb, 2021

PRE-MEDICAL school students at Solihull Sixth Form College attended a virtual radiotherapy taster session with the University of Liverpool this week.

The Pre-Medical School is an enrichment option offered at the college that allows students hoping to apply to study medicine to explore the many areas of the medical profession.

This normally involves trips and visits to higher education institutions and medical settings, but because of the pandemic these events have moved online.

This event began with an explanation from lecturer Pete Bridge of how radiotherapy is used to treat cancer.

He then addressed questions to a panel of experts, which included a clinical radiographer, a lecturer at the university and a third-year student on the Radiotherapy course.

The Q&A gave students the opportunity to not only find out about the radiotherapy course at the university but also to find out what it is like to work as a radiographer in a hospital.

For students considering this specialism, the insights provided an excellent idea of what a career in this area entails.

In particular, the panel were able to give examples of the cases they have faced and the patients they have treated, many of which were heart-warming stories.

There was also a short video from a patient’s perspective, which not only showed the journey of a patient, it also gave students a chance to see some of the equipment in action.

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