Five University of South Wales graduates who studied Medical Sciences have qualified as doctors after seven years of study.
Kim Richardson, Diana Wasag, Lloyd Evans, Emily Lawrence and Charlotte Grant have all graduated from the four-year Accelerated Medicine Programme at Cardiff University, having previously studied the BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences degree at USW.
The graduates were among the very first cohort of students to undertake the Medical Sciences course, which was established in 2007. All five will now go on to work as doctors in hospitals across Wales and the South of England, where they will complete two Foundation years before progressing onto specialised career paths.
Kimberley, 25, from Barry, applied to the BSc Medical Sciences course after not quite achieving the A level grades she needed to study Medicine. She will now take up her post as a doctor at Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant.
She said: “I thought that perhaps going into Medicine as a postgraduate student would be beneficial for me, and the Medical Sciences course looked like the perfect route into Medicine.
“I felt as though I had matured a lot by the time I started my Medicine degree, which helped me decide on clear goals to aim for in the future.”
Diana Wasag, who is originally from Poland, decided to study Medical Sciences as a route into a career in academic research. The 25-year-old will start work as a doctor at Wrexham Maelor Hospital next month.
She said: “I was interested in research and wanted to find a way of working towards a PhD, and I thought that by doing the hospital placements that both degree courses offered, I could shadow the doctors and learn a lot from them.
“I found that the Medical Sciences degree at USW really helped me to understand much of what was taught in the first two years at Cardiff, so it wasn’t quite as daunting.”
Lloyd Evans, 25, from Cowbridge in the Vale of Glamorgan, studied for his A levels at the same time as playing professional football for Cardiff City, before starting the Medical Sciences degree. He has now secured a post as a doctor in the Cardiology department of Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend.
He said: “I’ve always had a passion for science and an interest in how the body works, so I wanted to study a subject that involved Medicine. The course at USW helped me massively in realising what was needed to succeed at university and progress to studying Medicine.
“I may not have ever been able to become a doctor if it wasn’t for this route. Medical Sciences at USW was the perfect stepping stone for me, and I am absolutely over the moon that my seven years of hard work has paid off!”