Friday 3 May 2013
The great work of the Student Assisted Medical and Dental Applicants Society (Samda) at BL featured in a special article in the Times Education Supplement, the UK’s leading education paper. Samda was set up in 2000 to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into medical school.
The society was founded by Dr Abdul Kamali, a Tower Hamlets schoolboy who felt he did not receive much support and guidance with his medical school application, and believed that students in London’s East End were disadvantaged by their social background.
BL students run medical taster days for sixth-formers and host events, mentoring and a series of talks by senior doctors. The school students attend medical taster days at the BL Medical Simulation Centre. They take blood, stitch wounds, take blood pressure and listen to hearts on the life-like automata.
Anne Setright, QM’s Head of Widening Participation says that Samda’s work complements the university’s own inclusion work with schools, and she disagrees with the idea that East End school children lack ambition, despite reports suggesting they may be put off by the cost of a medical degree.
Read the article here.