Inspiring the South West’s next generation of medics

By Anita Jaynes on 7 November, 2016

Young people from across the South West with an interest in pursuing a career as a doctor will be travelling to Swindon this week to attend a free evening talk organised by the award-winning medical career specialists Help Me I’m a Medic.

Students will hear from an Oxford University Medical School Director and an NHS England Fellow. Dr Lois Brand, Director of Clinical Studies at Oxford University’s Medical School, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, and ex-Churchfields Academy pupil, will be sharing her unique insight into the medical profession. Dr Hinnah Rafique, NHS England Fellow, University Lecturer and Director of Help Me I’m a Medic will then help to demystify the medical applications process and give tips on how best to navigate it.

“We hope that students, parents and teachers will take advantage of this free opportunity to learn more about a career in medicine and how to become a doctor”, said Dr Rafique. The organisers of the talk, Help Me I’m a Medic, are a non-profit organisation who aim to widen access to medical careers. They were founded by doctors to provide unbiased, up-to-date medical careers guidance to people at every stage of their career. They provide career-spanning support working with pupils as young as six to help them fulfil their potential. Their director, Dr Rafique said “I know Dr Brand, who attended Churchfields Academy is looking forward to returning to Swindon to help us inspire the next generation of doctors.”

“We’re inviting teachers and parents to join pupils at this talk because we know that they need support to understand the process too!”

“We are really looking forward to inspiring Wiltshire’s young aspiring doctors and would like to thank New College for kindly hosting the event.”

The talk is being held at New College Swindon on Tuesday November 8 2016 from 6.30pm – 8pm. If you’d like to attend, register by clicking here or search Eventbrite for ‘Becoming a Doctor’.

If you would like to know more about Help Me I’m a Medic, contact Elizabeth on 01865 304078, email Visit the Help Me I’m a Medic website at: