Medicine Summer School
The Medicine Summer School offers a fun and interactive introduction to the world of medicine, which allows students to learn the theory and also to begin to develop the practical skills involved in being a doctor. We will use detailed case studies to consolidate knowledge at each stage. Groups of students will be presented with information about a patient’s primary symptoms, teams will then order their tests, draw conclusions from these tests and present their findings, including their differential diagnosis, prognosis and treatment recommendations to their fellow ‘consultants’.
Medical schools have long recognised the importance of student doctors considering the role of medical professionals in a wider ethical and societal context. The Debate Chamber Medicine Summer School incorporates these debates and discussions at every stage of the course, leaving students well equipped to deal with medical ethics questions at interview and in professional life.
The course allows students to build on knowledge from the GCSE and AS/A level biology syllabus and apply that knowledge in medical contexts. The course is open to students who have not yet started their AS/A level but students will need to be confident in grasping and applying a reasonably substantial quantity of new anatomical information. In many ways this is a similar burden as that faced by new medical undergraduates, so it should not deter keen prospective medics, but is something to keep in mind when considering whether this course is for you.
For 2013 the Medicine Summer School will be split into four parts, each of which will cover different areas of medical practice. Although each part complements the others, they can also be approached as stand alone events, so students can attend either one part only, two parts, three parts or all four.
SUMMER SCHOOL SCHEDULE 2013
Part 1 will include Dealing with Patients, Radiology, Haematology, Cardiology, Trauma and Suturing and will take place on 20th-21st July (places available) and repeated on the 27th-28th July (waiting list only)
See a full schedule for Part 1 here.
Part 2 will include Neurology, The Respiratory System and Psychiatry and will take place on 3rd-4th August (waiting list only) and repeated on the 10th-11th August (places available).
See a full schedule for Part 2 here.
Part 3 will include Paediatrics, Childhood Development and Oncology and will take place on 17th-18th August (places available).
See a full schedule for Part 3 here.
Part 4 will include Tropical Medicine, Epidemiology, Immunology, Anaesthesia and Surgical Skills and will take place on 24th-25th August (waiting list only) and repeated on the 31st August – 1st September (limited availability).
See a full schedule for Part 4 here
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All Parts of the Medicine Summer School will take place at the University of London Union • ages 15-18
Feedback from the Medicine Summer School 2012 – read more here:
The Medicine Summer School was probably the most valuable thing I’ve done all summer! The material challenged me much more than school work, the tutors were friendly, knowledgeable and made excellent teachers, and everyone I met on the course I got on with, in just three days I’ve made some good friends and I feel much more confident about going for a future career in medicine.
Attend. It is thoroughly worth it, the freedom of learning, and volume of information imparted are staggering. You will learn more from the three days of this course than you could possibly imagine.
I went into the summer school unsure whether I wanted to do medicine and came out absolutely loving the subject – a wide range of topics and issues are taught and discussed among your group who you get to know over the three days. I had so much fun learning and working through case studies over the three days. The content covered builds on your AS-Level knowledge, the tutors’ enthusiasm was infectious and the medically related games were brilliant; especially The Betting Game! Whether you’re unsure or not, if you’re thinking about medicine, I’d recommend this course!
Over the course of the 3 days of the medicine summer school weekend I covered material that I not only found really interesting but stretching and informative. It was great to be actually learning parts of 1st and sometimes 2nd year medical school topics. Trying to diagnose the actor’s illness was so much fun and it gave me a small insight into what it is like to be a doctor, with suturing using real surgical instruments being a memorable highlight.
This course really enthused me like no other. The sessions were all extremely interesting and useful – especially neurology and cardiology – and I learned more in the three days than in a whole year of GCSE!
I completely recommend this course! Whether you are totally convinced Medicine is for you, or if you just want a taster to see if it’s right, this course is perfect! The tutors are passionate and highly knowledgeable, and teach a great course covering a wide range of topics! Absolutely ten out of ten on all aspects – go and do it!
Book a place:
To attend any one part of the Medicine Summer School the cost is £185, to attend any two parts the cost is £360, to attend any three parts the cost is £520, and to attend all four parts of the Summer School is £660. Please note that accommodation is not included, and must be arranged independently if required. Bookings for any event may be made by individual students or parents or through the school. To book a place or places at the Medicine Summer School, or if you have any further questions, simply call on 0845 5194 827, email email@example.com, or use the form below.
Debate Chamber offers a limited number of full and partial bursaries to students who could not otherwise afford to attend. If you are applying for a bursary please do not complete this form, but instead complete the ‘Bursary Application Form’ here.