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Biomedical Society enjoys an entertaining talk by Adam Kay OA

On Tuesday 6 February our Biomedical Society hosted a visit from Adam Kay OA. After leaving Dulwich in 1997 Adam studied Medicine at Imperial College and then worked as an obstetrician in various hospitals around the country. During this time he also began to write comedy and perform stand-up and was half of the highly successful duo “Amateur Transplants”. Last year his first book “This is Going to Hurt” won the Books Are My Bag Readers’ Choice Award and became a Sunday Times best seller. The book is based on hilarious (and sometimes shocking) anecdotes about his time working as a doctor but also serves as a stark guide to the realities and demands of the job. Adam’s audience at Dulwich was comprised mainly of boys who are themselves intending to study Medicine; in addition to sharing some of the funniest stories from his book, Adam also talked honestly about the disagreeable aspects of being a doctor and how he came to his decision to leave the profession. The boys found his ‘warts and all’ talk both highly entertaining and moving and several have told me that, although they still intend to be doctors, they really appreciated hearing about the realities of the job from an insider and that they now have a much clearer idea of what may lay ahead of them beyond medical school. One Year 12 student was keen to tell me he thought Adam’s was “the best talk I have heard at Dulwich”! We would very much like to thank Adam for taking the time to come back to Dulwich and for giving such an honest and affecting address to our aspiring medics.

Adam Kay entertains the Biomedical Society

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