Future Medics enjoy first taste of suturing

A group of first year Medics’ Academy students from Truro and Penwith College were given their first taste of suturing in a recent workshop.

Run by three students from Exeter University as part of their widening access to medicine programme, the session allowed the students to practice the technique of suturing, which is used widely in medicine and veterinary medicine. The session also gave the budding medics the chance to interact with current medical students, giving them the chance to ask any questions they might have.

Medics’ Academy student Jenny Ellis, found the session really beneficial, saying: “I’m in first year studying Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Environmental Science A Levels. I’m doing Medics’ Academy because I want to become a surgeon so this suturing experience has been very helpful.”

Fellow academy member Sophie Robbins enjoyed the workshop as well, saying: “I’m studying A Levels in Biology, Maths, Chemistry and Further Maths. I want to be a vet so I joined the Medics’ Academy. It’s really helped, especially with choosing universities and learning how to apply. Things like this suturing course has really brought my attention to how hard it is – I thought it looked a lot easier!”

Emily Myatt, the Medics’ Academy Coordinator at the College, said: “We encourage students to participate in this session as it allows them to develop their awareness of the need for excellent manual dexterity skills, which is something that the students are expected to demonstrate at interviews and a skill that has recently been identified as lacking in new medical students.”