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We are a teaching hospital – inspiring the next generation

Posted: 5 April 2022

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Our 'So you want to be a doctor' open days offer Year 11 and 12 students the opportunity to discover everything it takes to become a doctor.

The insightful programme covers a range of topics including the journey to medical school, the realities of working as a doctor and choosing and applying for a medical speciality area to train in.

As well as lectures, students try practical and clinical skills, which are an everyday feature of life as a junior doctor. Set up as simulated clinical stations, this includes basic life support resuscitation, taking an electrocardiogram (ECG), taking a history from a patient, discussing basic heart physiology and taking blood pressure.

Students are able to speak to a range of experienced clinical staff and get an insight into working at West Herts to follow their ambition to be a doctor.

We’ll be offering remote sessions in June and a face-to-face session in October 2022. Contact our Medical Education Centre at for more information.

  1. For more information, please contact the communications team on: 01923 436280 or email: For out of hours media enquiries please call the Watford General Hospital switchboard on 01923 244366 and ask for the on call communications manager.
  2. West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust serves people from across Hertfordshire, north London and further afield. It operates from three hospitals; Watford General, St Albans City and Hemel Hempstead. The trust has a catchment area of over 500,000 people and is one of the largest employers locally, with around 5,000 staff and volunteers.
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