One of the brilliant activities we have at Race for Science features Medical Mavericks – a wonderful organisation that inspires the next generation of medics and scientists by taking real medical and sports science equipment into schools, colleges & events all over the UK. I talked to the wonderfully job-titled Tom Warrender – Head Honcho of Inspiration – about what Medical Mavericks is all about and why he wanted to be involved with Race for Science.
What is your role at Medical Mavericks?
I’m the Head Honcho of Inspiration!
What does Medical Mavericks do? What do you hope people get out of the activities?
We visit schools, colleges and events with a mobile hospital and sports science lab to inspire the next generation of medics and scientists! Students & visitors can experience using all the medical kit they see in a hospital to see how their body works as well as gain an insight into the 100s of amazing jobs they can go into in the NHS.
Do you have any funny stories about any of the events you’ve done? What has been your favourite?
We have loads of fainters! Especially when we do our talks. I show a video of the inside of my lungs from a Bronchoscopy I had and it tips people over over the edge. The most we have ever had is 7 people faint in 1 hour!
Which activity is your favourite and why?
I love the iPhone retina scan, because it is such a simple bit of kit and engineering, but it is so effective in what it does. How often do you get to see the inside of your eye on an iPhone… get it… eye-phone!
Why did you want Medical Mavericks to be involved with Race for Science?
We love science and we love promoting and supporting charities that can change people’s lives, such as Prostate Cancer Research Centre… so what better way to do this, than bringing our kit down to an event that does just that!
You can find out more about Medical Mavericks here: https://www.medicalmavericks.co.uk