A new scheme has been launched by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, in partnership with Cardiff University and Swansea University, to increase the number of Welsh-speaking students who study medicine.
The main aim of the scheme, Doctoriaid Yfory (Tomorrow’s Doctors) is to increase the number of Welsh-speaking students who study medicine by increasing the number who apply successfully to medical school.
The target for the pilot scheme is to recruit between 25-50 Year 12 pupils.
The programme will allow the prospective students to explore various options within the profession and to make the most of work experience and volunteering opportunities to develop their career and to help them decide if a degree in medicine is appealing and suitable for them.
The programme has gained the support of the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, Vaughan Gethin AM. He said: “It is important that individuals are able to receive care, where possible, in their first language as there are areas across the country where individuals first language is Welsh. This programme aims to support welsh speakers who want to pursue careers as health professionals. I look forward to hearing the views of those who participate in the programme as it progresses.”
Activities will focus on how to make a successful application and to prepare the prospective student for the interview process.
The programme also hopes to increase the stiudents understanding of how communicating through the medium of Welsh can improve their employability by stressing how important it is that people in Wales receive a high standard of care in their chosen language.
The programme will include:
- Taster sessions
- Support from a mentor (current medical students)
- A 2 day residential course on how to apply successfully for University
- A masterclass on how to prepare for the interview
- All students who complete the programme will receive a Coleg Cymraeg Cendlaethol certificate.
Dr Dafydd Trystan, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Registrar said: “It is vital that we play our part in increasing the Welsh medium health workforce here in Wales. Our intention is to ensure that every student on the scheme takes every possible opportunity to apply successfully for a medicine course or any other suitable health profession.”