Summer School

HMR Primary Care Academy Virtual Summer School July 2021

Virtual Medical Summer School!!

The PCA invited local Sixth form college students interested in applying for medicine to join us online for a two-day Medical Work Experience virtual workshop. The programme was open to all but applications were encouraged from students from lower-income households and those who may have been the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher educations.

The workshop was designed to give the students a taste of a career as a doctor. The group discussed the many options and opportunities in medicine, the application and training process, considered issues like medical ethics to help with their applications and interviews for medical school. We then used an online platform from the RCGP to watch role plays of consultations. The students found this really useful…

 “I liked how we reflected on the observe GP consultation, which gave me more insight into what being a GP is actually like”

The session ended with a Q&A with Dr Cheshire about her journey to become a GP  - they were able to ask questions a get a realistic idea of her training and day to day work. 


Student Volunteering Work Experience!!

Some of the students were then able to take up an opportunity for some practical non-clinical work experience in the vaccination centres. For this programme, we held a training day at Riverside and students volunteered at the surge pop-up vaccination clinics at local community centres in Rochdale. They helped out with marshalling and got to shadow vaccinators and learn about the COVID vaccination programme etc. The student volunteers were a great help and all the feedback showed they also got so much out of it. ….

It has been an excellent experience and I feel very privileged to have been a part of this opportunity”




Thank you to to all of the group who attended, or helped to organise for their time and enthusiasm. It was a pleasure!!


HMR Primary Care Academy Virtual Summer School July 2020
In July 2020 Primary Care Academy held a virtual summer school for Rochdale sixth-form students to obtain something akin to medical ‘work experience’, in the current climate where face-to-face work experience is impossible.  The session was led by a local GP and PCA Clinical Fellow in Medical Education, Dr Mary Cheshire. It was an opportunity for students to consider what it involves to study and work as a doctor. 

The group observed and reflected on videos of doctors at work, using the RCGP ObserveGP online platform, discussed issues such as medical ethics and the university application process. There was also an opportunity for students to chat with Mary about her work and training, and the highs and the lows of working as a GP.  

The students who attended generally had a positive experience of the course with all who attended rating it as either good or excellent. All of the group reflected on the mix of activities as being suitable. When asked whether the course met their expectations 95% answered yes to this question.

An overall theme was that the students who attended gained a better understanding of the work of a GP and how a Doctor works with patients. The interactive format also was appreciated by those who attended the course with a mix of presentations and questions via Kahoot. 

The experience was designed to enthuse and inform students about a career in medicine, hopefully as a GP​​​​​.  All of the students gave constructive feedback on the course and suggested how we could improve future sessions.

Thank you to to all of the group who attended, or helped to organise for their time and enthusiasm.
Survey Feedback

Word Cloud Diagrams

The Word Cloud diagrams illustrate the feedback we received from the group.

The first shows all the positive aspects gained from the session and the second gives us constructive suggestions on we could improve our future offerings.



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