Pre-Med Course

We value and actively promote all fields of health-care as a career choice, and students interested in any branch of medicine can attend our unique Pre-Med course from the end of Year 10. Seminars are led by a variety of speakers, from current medical students to top consultants. Our annual Careers Evening held in January, also brings together a broad range of human and animal health professionals for students from Year 9 to speak to and discuss the essential elements of their job and the training required to do it.

Extra assistance is also available to practise for UKCATs/BMATs and mock interviews replicate challenging questions on situational judgment and ethics. Bespoke medical work experience is offered through James Cook University Hospital.

Parents are welcome to attend all of our after school events with their children.

Recent speakers in the last year have included:

Lucy Lecky-Thompson is a medical student in her final clinical years at Edinburgh university. BSc Biochemistry, MSc Neuroscience, University College London, poster presentation at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists AGM, author of oral presentation at European Society for Paediatric Research conference, internship at Tommy’s Centre for Fetal and Maternal Health, internship at MRC Institute for Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry, MRC internship at Hammersmith Hospital. Private tutor (A-levels). Special interests: reproductive and women’s health, academic medicine, teaching. Publications: Melatonin augments hypothermic neuro- protection in a perinatal asphyxia model; The interaction between child maltreatment, adult stressful life events and the 5-HTTLPR in major depression.

Andrew Sutton, Senior Cardiologist at James Cook University Hospital Special interests: Percutaneous coronary intervention, Management of acute coronary syndromes, General adult cardiology, South Tees Hypertension Service (including renal denervation), Combined cardiorenal disease. Clinicians in management (clinical director cardiology 2006-2012), Medical education, Cardiac Network specialty advisor to The British Cardiovascular Society. BA, MB, BChir; MA.Member of the Royal College of Physicians, Cambridge University: MD, Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Newcastle University, Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education.

Harriet Wilson is a physiotherapist and graduate of Sheffield Hallam University. Her placements have included musculoskeletal outpatients, neuromedicine, spinal injuries, paediatrics and women’s health. She has work experience at a care home, private practice and a children’s special school. Her particular interests are hydrotherapy and neuromedicine. She now has a junior rotational post at Kingsmill Hospital, Mansfield. She was also University captain of women’s rowing and has competed nationally as well as volunteering with rowing physiotherapy teams at the Olympics and the rowing World Cup.

Barbara Anne Robertson is International Tutor for the Department of Psychology at Durham University. With a first class BSc and MA from Canada, she is a PhD student in behavioural neuroscience. Her research examines the neurobiology and behaviour of learning and memory. Her special interests include science policy and open access to educational resources. She also has a teaching qualification.

Jacquie Vallis is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Radiography at Teesside University. HEA Fellow. MCSFS. Winner of Teesside University most innovative teacher award.

Guy Killick is a veterinary student at York University in his clinical years. He received two out of four offers in competition for places so fierce that only one in four usually receives a single offer. Summer internship at Sotogrande International Polo Tournament, beginning rotations at Leahurst Animal Hospital (as seen on Ben Fogle’s Animal Hospital). Main interests: zoonotic diseases, equine surgery, legislation within the profession.

Jane Noble, BM BChir PhD FRCP is a consultant geriatrician working both in hospital acute and rehabilitation Care of the Elderly wards in the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle and also in the community with a community resource team and a ten-bedded community rehabilitation centre.  She also oversees patients in a NHS continuing care unit.  Her other clinical interest is in Parkinson’s Disease and related Movement Disorders.  She is also involved in medical student education, both in teaching and course organisation.