THE NEXT generation of doctors were given a taste of what the job entails at Dorset County Hospital.

Students from local schools were invited to a special two-day Introduction to Medicine course at the hospital’s education centre.

The course for youngsters interested in a career in medicine gave students a chance to take part in practical demonstrations and listen to talks by medical staff about their specialist areas and their experiences of medical training.

Dorset County Hospital’s head of education, learning and development Tina Jackson said the students got a great deal out of the course.

She said: “The students heard first hand from consultants and junior doctors about what to expect from a career in medicine and took part in hands-on demonstrations and were given valuable practical advice about the process of applying to medical school.

“The feedback we had from the students showed that they really enjoyed the course and we are looking forward to making this an annual event.”

Dates for next year’s course will be sent to schools early in the New Year.

In the meantime, if schools or careers leads would like more information they can contact medical education manager Judy Crabb on 01305 255258.