Local schools attend Medical Career Symposium

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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
Around 50 pupils from local schools have attended the annual Medical Careers Symposium at Daisy Hill Hospital. Dr John Harty, Co-Director for Postgraduate & Undergraduate Education and a Consultant Nephrologist at the Hospital who also demonstrated lumbar puncture using a simulator, said, “The medical careers symposium was very successful and enjoyable this year. “The event allows students who are interested in a career in medicine to find out what is ahead of them in their future career as a medic. Our special speakers outline the various opportunities and different career paths within medicine and these presentations give pupils an insight into the world of medicine.” Pupils from St Patrick’s High School in Keady, St Louis Grammar School in Kilkeel, St Paul’s High School in Bessbrook, and four Newry schools, Abbey Grammar School, Our Lady’s Grammar School, Sacred Heart Grammar School and St Colman’s College, attended the event. Dr Keith Steele, MD FRCGP, Admissions Dean for Medicine in Queen’s University Belfast, spoke on The Undergraduate Course and the Southern Trust’s Co-Director for Postgraduate and Undergraduate Education/Consultant Nephrologist Dr John Harty spoke about Being A Doctor. Dr Karen McKinney, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, describe life as a Hospital Consultant and Dr Laurence Dorman, GP and Medical Officer for the Southern Area Hospice, talked about life as a GP. Demonstrations of clinical activities included Ultrasound of the neck veins and arteries by Dr Michelle Hollywood who was assisted by medical student Owen Roddy. Dr Sarah McCormick, assisted by Medical Student David Carroll, demonstrated an Ultrasound and Kidney Biopsy while Mr David Gilpin talked to the students about Suturing Skills. Taking Blood Pressure and Oxygen Sats were illustrated by Dr Caroline Rice and Dr Matthew McCartney explained blood taking. Resuscitation Officer Helen Cullen demonstrated CPR to the pupils.
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