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Aspiring medics encouraged to explore a career in psychiatry

A conference for year 12 – 13 students at University of Leicester to take place on 9 September

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 13 July 2017
Young people considering a career in medicine are invited to a conference that will help them on the route to achieving their ambitions and introduce psychiatry as an exciting medical discipline.

The second ‘Medicine Calling’ conference will be held on Saturday 9 September 2017. Students who attended last year’s conference described it as “hugely informative”, “enjoyable” and “inspiring”. 
The conference will be held at the Centre for Medicine, University of Leicester for students who will be in year 12 or 13 at the time.  It will comprise an exciting programme of events including keynote speakers and interactive workshops, a chance to meet doctors to ask questions about careers in psychiatry, information and advice on applying to medical school and an essay competition with prizes. 
Professor Richard Holland, Head of Leicester Medical School (elect) quote: “This conference is a great way to begin to learn about the complexity and fascination behind  a career that genuinely involves both the ‘art’ and ‘science’ of modern medical practice. I would encourage any young person interested in a potential medical career to come along and discover more about this exciting and captivating specialty.”
According to recent research by the Medical Schools’ Council, 80% of applicants to medical school come from 20% of schools and colleges in the UK. The organisers hope that having attended the conference and with the opportunity to meet current medical students and doctors working in Leicester and nationally, attendees will feel that medicine and psychiatry are professions accessible to all.
The conference is a part of a wider initiative called Medicine Calling, which is working in association with the University of Leicester, The Royal College of Psychiatrists & NHS Health Education England to inform and guide young people considering a career in medicine, specifically psychiatry.
Spaces are free, but limited. Please book via www.medicinecalling.co.uk. Deadline for applications is Friday 18 August.
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For more information, please contact hello@medicinecalling.co.uk

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