MedSoc – Medical Society Programme
At Ardingly College we run a dedicated programme for students considering a profession in medicine. We also run a similar provision for prospective dentists and vets.
Please note this is for illustrative purposes and subject to change.
September – March
- Introduction to the medical profession, NHS, NICE and Public Health England, General Medical Council, Medical School Council
- History of Medicine
- Cadaver prosection at Eastbourne Hospital
- Talks and lectures at UCL and visiting guests
- Museum visits (Welcome Trust Medicine exhibition at the Science Museum and Hunterian)
- Visit to the Oxford Oncology Open day
- Book reviews and a lot of presentations and work based on articles and key topics that have come up in interviews in the past, including Problem Based learning, the Multidisciplinary Team and Medical Ethics.
- Sessions helping students understand the different medical degree courses available and the choice of universities and help identify which would be best for them given their ambition and potential.
- Head of Careers will meet with them individually to discuss work experience and voluntary work opportunities.
April – June
UCAT preparation (and BMAT preparation for those who select the more selective BMAT medical schools)
Personal statement drafts
- Finalise choice of medical schools on the basis of their predicted grades.
- Finalise reference and personal statement
- MMI mock interviews (at least 2)
- Panel Mock interviews (at least 2)
- Interview preparation with many webinars.
By the end of the two academic year cycle our prospective medics should:
- Be fully aware of the entry requirements (and consequently work toward their A/A*).
- Receive support with the completion of work experience/ voluntary work.
- Be ready for the aptitude tests (UCAT and BMAT).
- Be given the opportunity to explore the career they have chosen to follow (lectures, webinars, books) and develop a passion for it (vocation).
- Have plenty of evidence (reading, talks, voluntary work, work experience) to compile a strong personal statement and references.
- Select the appropriate medical school based on their predicted grades, UCAT and/or BMAT scores.
- Attend several Mock interviews.
- Be ready for their interviews.