Several keen and talented Fourth Form medics from Downside School attended the ‘Tomorrow’s World’ Women and Careers in Medicine Conference in at Redmaids’ High School in Bristol on 17th May.

The Conference, now in its tenth year, intends to inspire Fourth Form (Year 10) girls into STEM careers. More than 250 pupils attended the Conference from across the region for an absorbing day of hands-on learning about a variety of medical careers and advances.

Specialists from the profession presented a wide variety of topics including oncology, radiotherapy, sports rehabilitation, midwifery and neuroscience. The first of two keynote sessions was presented by Dr Karine Zander, Consultant Anaesthetist for the North Bristol NHS Trust. Dr Zander explored the considerations one makes when embarking on a career in medicine. In the afternoon, the second keynote, by Professor Bob Stone, Director of the Human Interface Technologies Team at the University of Birmingham, focused on how the latest virtual, augmented and mixed reality developments can help patients.

A fascinating day with plenty of sound career advice and inspiration for our aspiring female medics.

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