Drawn from experience: art inspires poorer students into medicine

As trainee plastic surgeon Meg Anderson paints a string of shapes representing finger bones on to the hand of a 12-year-old pupil in the art room of a Yorkshire comprehensive school, she grins at the confident answers the youngster gives to questions she might face if interviewed for a place at medical school.

 

“You are really amazing,” says Anderson, filling in a bone shape in white, after the girl has explained how she would break bad news to the family of a child who was not going to recover. “That is exactly the kind of answer that a medical school would be looking for.”

 

This is a special art session at Holy Trinity academy in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, designed to inspire pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds there to take up a career in medicine, by looking at and drawing the human body – inside and out.

 

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