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Mountain medicine

18 November 2019

Sixth formers on our Pathway to Medicine have attended a prestigious lecture at University College London.

To launch Westminster City School’s innovative pathway programme, which helps our students learn more about study and careers in medicine, our sixth formers heard UCL’s Dr Daniel Martin talk about Mount Everest and high altitude medicine. This event took place at UCL, as part of the University’s Friday Science lecture series.

Ms Adebanjo, our science teacher who accompanied our students, explains: “Dr Martin gave a fascinating lecture, in which he described how scientists conducted experiments on the peak of Mount Everest, in extreme conditions, including taking blood samples in sub-zero conditions! Their aim was to study how depleted oxygen levels can affect people at high altitudes and how this can be used to develop treatments for critical, intensive care patients who often have low oxygen levels in their blood.”

Westminster City School sixth former, Bilal, added: “It was a really worthwhile experience. We got to see how a university lecture is delivered and make our own notes. The lecture was interesting and offered us something unique to talk about in our future university interviews. However, for me, the highlight was hearing how medical students have the opportunity to go to Mount Everest to conduct experiments!”

At Westminster City School, we offer four innovative pathway programmes – in Law, Law Enforcement, Finance, and Medicine. These help our sixth formers gain work experience, receive mentoring, attend lectures and seminars, get interview practice, receive support with university applications, and more. Each pathway has a designated member of staff with expertise and contacts in their chosen field.

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