Redmaids’ High School medical conference puts girls at forefront

May 30 2017

Surgeons, neuroscientists, psychiatrists, paramedics and GPs were among a range of experienced doctors and medical practitioners speaking at a free schools careers conference especially for girls on 19 May.

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Surgeons, neuroscientists, psychiatrists, paramedics and GPs were among a range of experienced doctors and medical practitioners speaking at a free schools careers conference especially for girls on 19 May.

The Women and Careers Conference, now in its 6th year, is organised and hosted every year by Redmaids’ High School.

Working with state and independent schools across the region, 15 and 16-year old students from Bristol, Bath, Bruton, Cheltenham and Exeter come together to hear from leading specialists about the careers available in medicine and how to achieve places on scientific and medical degrees.

North Bristol NHS Trust consultants Dr Karine Zander and Dr Ed Morris passed on their knowledge and experience in two keynote addresses.

More than 20 other speakers led workshops exploring how the brain works, paramedicine, being a junior doctor, the 100,000 genomes project, nursing, DNA analysis and gene therapy. The delegates also gained an insight into the skills needed to perform laparoscopic

and endoscopic surgery through body simulators in sessions lead by urological and kidney transplant consultants.

The conference is sponsored by Swansea University, who are leading a workshop entitled ‘Your amazing blood!’ including a simulated blood grouping exercise demonstrating how life-saving transfusions are matched every day in hospitals.

Isabel Tobias, Headmistress at Redmaids’ High School, said: 

“We focus this conference towards the needs of girls as the gender imbalance against women, particularly in some very senior medical roles, remains a reality. As a girls-only school, we clearly see it as our mission to help address this.

“Being able to extend the opportunities presented through this conference to students from other schools is very important and we are grateful to all our speakers for giving us their time and to Swansea University for sponsoring the event.”