Changing the conversation about health

Fat Chance: Obesity Summer School 2011

summer school 6The Summer School project was born as a result of feedback from our student network expressing a need for greater opportunities for multi-disciplinary learning.

They also told us that they felt a need to enhance their learning about topics that would have a significant impact on the provision of future health care, so the College’s inaugural student summer school was held at the University of Southampton Medical School in 2011. This event piloted to the residential format to explore what would happen when a multi-disciplinary group of students was brought together with service users, clinicians and academics for 48hrs nonstop and the results were remarkable! We were delighted to be joined by some of the country’s leading experts in obesity.

More information

2011 programme

Journal article published in the European Journal of Integrative medicine about piloting the Summer School.

What students say

‘I gained a much greater understanding of the factors influencing obesity, the best treatment solutions available and our power to influence these. I also learnt that multidisciplinary working, promoting personal responsibility and self care to a patient, and practicing preventative care wherever possible is vital’. Summer School Student, 2011

‘The teaching day contained incredibly informative concepts especially regarding the value of self care and it was great to hear about someone’s (a service user’s) personal experiences, the obstacles they faced and how they overcame these. This allowed me to see it from their point of view. My opinions about obesity and those with obesity have changed significantly and it will definitely change my future practise’. Summer School Student, 2011