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First cohort of ARU medical students join our Trusts

28 November 2018

Health Care

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.

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"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."

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