My name is Harry Collier-Smith, and I am a year 12 student at The Bishop’s Stortford High School. Within my school I am a Deputy Head Boy with my specific role being aiding the transition of year 7 and 12 students, helping them to integrate into school life. This means I am heavily involved in schemes such as peer mentoring and I play an active role in school societies, especially the medical societies. Outside of medicine my main interests and hobbies lie in cricket and music, above is a photo of me performing Libertango by Piazzola on the Alto Saxophone at a local concert for the choir Cantate. Some of my personal highlights over the past year was being able to play the role of Jean Valjean in my schools’ performance of Les Misérables and sing a solo at St Pauls Cathedral during their family Christmas carol service.
Before my enrolment on the Medical Leadership Programme, I initially attended a National Healthcare Weekend. This gave me great insight into the different aspects of a career in medicine, as well as the challenging application process. I am relatively new to the Medical Leadership Programme run by Medic Mentor and have only been involved in the two events that they have run during 2020. But every time I have been involved in this programme, it has reminded me why I want to study medicine and has made me more excited at the prospect in doing so. Alongside this, the programme has increased my motivation in pursuing further opportunities to enhance my application.
The first event I was able to attend focussed on breaking down ethical scenarios presentation skills and how we could use them to improve our school’s medicine society. Drawing on my experiences and skills I gained through the event, has allowed me to more actively participate and run ethical debates within my school’s medical society. I was able to share the skills we were taught in breaking down ethical scenarios to other students of my school’s medical society. In addition, the improved presentation skills I was able to gain from the programme helped me in my own presentation surrounding rare genetic diseases to my school’s medical society. Afterwards, I led a group discussion on how to give better presentations, where I was able to relay the information from the medic mentor event to my classmates.
More recently over May half-term for the Covid-19 Innovation conference, as part of a team we created a poster presentation virtually, on how the teaching of medical students changed during Covid-19? One of the main skills I was able to gain from this experience was being able to critically appraise sources to suit their reliability for the project. This has helped massively during the process of writing my EPQ surrounding the impacts of potentially privatising the NHS. As well when one of my peers asked me a question surrounding their EPQ and critical appraisal I was able to use the knowledge I learnt from the programme to help them critically appraise by themselves. Moreover, this was my first experience of being involved in a project at this scale, which I’m sure will help me throughout my time at university, especially as I had never created a poster presentation before.
For me personally participating in these two events have been instrumental in helping me have the confidence to talk to and work with people I have never met before, which was something that would have been a daunting prospect for before my enrolment on the programme. I believe this gained confidence will be instrumental for me in a potential career in medicine, which I’m sure this programme and the Summer School will help me to achieve.
Written by Harry Collier-Smith