First Medical Student Debate


The Trust is delighted to congratulate Belfast Royal Academy (BRA) as winners of the Medical Student Debate Final held at Elliott Dynes Education Centre at RVH on Friday 27 March 2015.

This is the first year of the debate and both the Medical Directorate and Human Resources Directorates have worked in partnership with Charter Work Inspiration - Belfast in the Community (BITC) across the region to invite school to submit team applications for a student public health debate.

Applications were based on the General Medical Council (GMC) “Ten Duties of a Doctor” and students were asked to identify links to evidence in practice during their medical work experience placements in Health and Social Care Trusts.

Pictured: Back L-R; Nicole Xu, Michael Calderwood, Luke Auterson ( all BRA), Sarah Doherty, Orlaith Skelton, Maria Quinn (all St Micahel's Lurgan) Front L-R; Hollie McCalmont, Micah Hipolito (both BRA), Rebekah Clenaghan, Aisling O’Neill (both St Michael's Lurgan)

Shortlisted teams were invited to debate contentious topical health related issues such as a tax on sugary drinks and nicotine free health care premises.

Belfast Royal Academy narrowly piped their opponents, St Michael’s Grammer School (Lurgan) in the final. All participating teams set very high standards in their applications and the Trust therefore hopes to continue this process next year.

The Trust facilitates an average of 500 medical placement students per year from across the region and has recently further enhanced the placement programme with timetabled activity across a 5 day opportunity covering a range of practice areas.

If you would like to know more about the debate, medical student placement programme or student work experience in general please contact Marina McCarney, Lifelong Learning Manager (HR, L&D) email:  or telephone: (028) 950 48725