We held our first clinical oncology undergraduate day on Friday 18 May at the RCR. The meeting was open to undergraduate medical students from across the UK and we were delighted to welcome around forty students from medical schools as far reaching as Brighton, Sussex, Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff and Sheffield.
The students heard engaging and inspiring talks on training in the specialty, the day-to-day life of a clinical oncologist and the radiotherapy journey. The latter included the perspective of a patient who shared her own very recent experience of treatment. All attendees found this incredibly valuable and we are grateful to her for agreeing to speak.
In the afternoon the students themselves had an opportunity to present, with some talking about oncology-focused research or audit projects they had been involved in, and others sharing their experiences of running an undergraduate oncology society. In addition there was a fantastic Q&A session where the students all took the opportunity to question a panel of clinical oncologists, followed by an awards presentation to the winners of the our 2018 undergraduate oncology elective bursaries and prizes.
In the morning there was a parallel session for clinical oncologists involved in undergraduate education. They had a very useful small round-table discussion about how to increase oncology teaching at undergraduate level. The Clinical Oncology Undergraduate Steering Group will be taking forward the suggestions that came from this.
We are currently gathering feedback from the day and will use this to plan next year’s event. Thank you to all our speakers and to everyone who attended.