First cohort of ARU medical students join our Trusts
28 November 2018
The inaugural group of medical students from Essex’s first ever medical school at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) were welcomed into Mid Essex, Southend and Basildon hospitals as the students joined the three hospitals as part of their training.
It's a landmark moment that will have a massively positive
impact across the three Trusts and be a huge benefit not just for
staff, but everyone using the three hospitals as we help train the
doctors of the future. There are 100 students in all, with 40
calling Southend home for their training, 28 at Basildon and a
further 20 at Mid Essex.
Head of the School of Medicine at Anglia Ruskin University,
Professor John Kinnear, said: "Our School of Medicine is proud to
be working in close partnership with Southend, Basildon and Mid
Essex Hospitals to ensure that its medical students are taught
excellent clinical skills. Our students will be the future doctors
serving Essex patients, and it is important that they understand
the needs of the Essex community right from the start.
"The students will be exposed to the broad range of medical
specialties provided at all three Trusts, and will learn under the
close supervision of their many highly skilled consultants. This is
a step-change for Essex and we are confident that Essex patients
will be the biggest beneficiaries."
One of those first year medical students is Hayaan Mirza, 24,
from West London, who is training at Basildon University Hospital
(BTUH). He said: "Today is my first official day at Basildon and I
will be spending time on the respiratory wards and shadowing some
of the doctors. I know BTUH specialises in cardiothoracic surgery
so if I go into that area I may see niche cases which are not found
at other hospitals.
"My ambitions are a bit open at the moment so I'm not sure
exactly what I want to go into but being in clinical placements
during the first year is definitely something which is appealing
and will help me decide."
Dr Celia Skinner, Chief Medical Officer for the three hospitals,
said: "We welcome all of the medical students from ARU and wish
them well in their training across our three sites. This new
medical school is a vital part of all our futures and I'm pleased
we are playing such an important and active part in training our
future doctors across Essex."