There’s an emergency at Glan-Llyn this weekend when 30 Welsh speaking medical students from universities from all over Wales and England will participate in a rural emergency medicine weekend.
The main purpose of the weekend, that is organised by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlathol in partnership with Cardiff School of Medicine and Swansea School of Medicine, is to allow the medical students to experience simulated emergency rural medicine; to be mentored by experienced clinicians and to inspire medical students to consider training in rural areas in the future.
Medical students from Cardiff, Swansea, Sheffield, Bristol, Cambridge and Liverpool will participate over the weekend (from Friday 26 January to Sunday 28 January) that will be led by 4 Cardiff School of Medicine graduates who are now junior doctors across Wales.
They will also be supported by experienced GP’s and consultants and receive talks by doctors who have worked globally in rural areas and by Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team.
Sara Whitam, Development Manager for Welsh Language Provision at Cardiff School of Medicine said: “We are all aware that Welsh speaking students study medicine in various locations throughout the UK, and we were eager to give them the opportunity to experience simulated emergency rural medicine and to have the opportunity to use their Welsh in a professional capacity.
We also hope that the weekend will encourage some of them to consider returning to Wales to work in the future. The response has been very positive with students from Cambridge, Bristol, Liverpool and Sheffield joining students who already study in Wales.”
On Saturday 27 January, 25 school pupils (Year 10-13) who are interetesd in a career in medicine will join the students for the day where they will be split into groups to deal with 4 different emergency scenarios that include dealing with hypothermia, falling from height, fire and cardiac arrest. Pupils from nearby Ysgol y Berwyn, Bala will be involved in the scenarios as actors as well.