Class of 2007 reunion event to mark 10 years since Norwich medical school’s first graduation

The first Norwich Medical School graduates in 2007. Picture: UEA

The first Norwich Medical School graduates in 2007. Picture: UEA - Credit: Archant

A medical school at a Norwich university is celebrating 10 years since its first cohort of doctors earned their stethoscopes.

Professor Michael Frenneaux. Picture: UEA

Professor Michael Frenneaux. Picture: UEA - Credit: Archant

Since its first enrolment in 2002, 1,259 doctors have qualified from the University of East Anglia's Norwich Medical School, which now takes 176 students a year.

This year marks a decade since the first students qualified as junior doctors in 2007, a milestone which will be celebrated with a Class of 2007 event.

The reunion dinner will be held at Carrow Road on July 15 for the 108 graduates of the year group.

Professor Michael Frenneaux, dean of the school, said: 'We've not only grown in numbers but have also increased the courses we offer, including enabling students to take a foundation year or study for a masters in clinical science, clinical education or health economies.

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'Other landmarks include the opening of the Bob Champion Research and Education Building in 2015, which enables our medical students to work alongside our world-class researchers.'

Some of the 2007 graduates are now working in general practice, palliative care, emergency medicine, rehabilitation in the Ministry of Defence and research and training.

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While many have remained in Norwich or the east of England, some have travelled further afield to Switzerland and North America.

Professor Amanda Howe, professor of primary care at the medical school and a GP at Bowthorpe Surgery, was one of the medical school's founders.

She said: 'Graduation day 2007 was an amazing experience – it was so rewarding to see the first cohort of students receive their degrees before heading out to pursue their careers.

'They had put their faith in us, and we all worked really hard together to meet the challenges of doing something new and different.

'Their motivation and resilience should have stood them in good stead for serving patients, and we look forward very much to hearing about their current lives.'

Prof Howe is also the president of the World Organisation of Family Doctors.

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