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Rural students get hands on medical experience at Waikato Hospital

Every year a number of rural Waikato Year 13 students interested in medicine get a taste of the real world at Waikato Hospital in a one day workshop.

Every year a number of rural Waikato Year 13 students interested in medicine get a taste of the real world at Waikato Hospital in a one day workshop.

Now in its sixth year, the popular workshop is organised by New Zealand Institute of Rural Health and the Waikato DHB’s Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre (CSSC).

This year’s workshop attracted 24 students from 8 different Waikato Schools: Te Kura (Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu), Otorohanga College, Matamata College, Thames High School, Forestview High School, Hauraki Plains College, Huntly College and Te Aroha College.

“All students got a chance to try out a range of practical, hands on training” says Rob Sinclair, clinical director of Waikato DHB’s Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre.

“From taking blood, putting in an IV line, suturing on pork belly, through to learning about airways management with the support from practising clinicians, gives these young adults a chance to ask a range of questions and get even more inspired to pursue a career in medicine.

“The students this year also got to meet with SimMan 3G – a very realistic and interactive human patient simulator which is used for running team-work and decision-making scenarios to hone the communication and technical skills of health professionals.

“It’s great to work so closely with NZ Institute of Rural Health, and especially the work of their career advisor Wendy Paul who invites Waikato students to the day.”

Wendy Paul says the workshop has been a huge success.

“The students get to try out a whole range of clinical skills and by the end of the day they come out buzzing and even more driven to get into medicine”.

“They get to hear from a GP, specialists, house officers and medical students, and then I give them a run down of the steps and important details involved in following a medical career path.”

The CSSC is a purpose-built facility for undergraduate and postgraduate training from basic level to sophisticated advanced specialist training.

Visit the Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre webpage for more information.

For more information about the student workshop and a career in medicine visit the NZ Institute of Rural Health careers page.

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