A group of A Level students were given the chance to find out about medical careers during a week of work experience at a Milton Keynes company.
Clinical trials support organisation the Medical Research Network, in Presley Way, put the nine 16 to 17 year-old students from Milton Keynes, Oxford and Oundle through their paces in a structured and challenging work experience placement.
The work experience was a deliberate effort to show the teenagers an alternative medical career route, post-University graduation.
Dr Graham Wylie, chief executive of MRN, said: “Careers in pharmaceutical medicine are particularly poorly covered on university courses and people do not realise what alternative careers in medicine are available.
“At the MRN we represent a specialised area of work and with the work placement programme we have been running for the past couple of years we are trying to expose the medical students of the future to an alternative medical or science career that is at the forefront of modern medicine and research, as well as supporting local education.”
The youngsters undertook mini research projects, working in small teams to design a clinical trial for hypothetical drugs for diabetes, lung cancer and hypertension, taking part in workshops and delivering presentations.
The work experience programme is in its third year and has seen more than 18 young learners participate.