Over 40 pupils from across Wales will attend a residential course at the end of the week as part of Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol’s Tomorrow’s Doctors project in partnership with Cardiff and Swansea Universities.
The purpose of the course, which will be held in Cardiff between 21-22 June, will be to offer advice to prospective students who are interested in studying Medicine or another health profession at university, to help them decide if a degree in medicine is suitable for them.
The Tomorrow’s Doctors project has gained the support of the Welsh Government and the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething AC will be present to give a keynote address:
Mr Gething said: “As set in our strategy, More than just words, we want to ensure Welsh speakers are able to receive health services in their first language. The Tomorrow’s Doctors project is part of our work to recruit more Welsh speakers by encouraging and helping prospective medical students from Welsh medium schools to take up a career in NHS Wales. I want those attending to enjoy their experiences and importantly gain a greater understanding of what a career in medicine can offer and the value and respect the public has in this important service. Working in the NHS is a rewarding career choice and I hope some of today’s attendees will turn out to be Tomorrow’s Doctors in Wales.”
Students will be given an opportunity to participate in various workshops such as ‘Insight into the Patient’s Perspective’ as well as a roundtable question and answer session entitled ‘Where could your medical career take you?’ Current students and medical professionals from different specialities including general practice, neurology, anesthetics, pediatrics and radiolgy will be there to share their experiences.
At the end of the year, students will be invited to attend a masterclass on how to prepare for the interview process and create successful application forms. All students who complete the programme will receive a Coleg Cymraeg Cendlaethol certificate.
Dr Dafydd Trystan, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Registrar said:
‘‘It’s vital that support is offered to Welsh speakers who want to follow a career as professional health workers so that there’s an increase within the Welsh medium health workforce in Wales. We look forward to meeting the students and follow their chosen study pathways as the Tomorrow’s Doctors project progresses.’’