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Outreach activity and resources for all 

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Outreach activity and resources for all

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Open lectures

We are running a series of open and interactive lectures which cover topics ranging from medical school admissions to current scientific research. These lectures are designed for secondary and college students and provide the unique opportunity for students to learn more about different aspects of medicine, career pathways, and how to get into medicine.  Lectures will generally take place on the first Wednesday of the month.

In line with government advice around COVID-19 and public gatherings, we are now delivering these lectures digitally via Zoom videoconferencing software. Tickets to the lectures are free but must be booked in advance via our events page. The next talk in the series will explore what it is like to work in Accident & Emergency during Christmas and will be delivered by Emergency Medicine Consultant, Dr Rob Galloway. The talk will take place on Monday 7 December, 6:30pm - 7:30pm (GMT). You can book tickets over on our events page.

Visit our events page >

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Online talks

We are now holding free online sessions for aspiring medics, that focus on the medical school admissions process.

Such talks include:

'A journey through the NHS' - suitable for ages 14+ 
A presentation following a fictional patient from initial consultation through to diagnosis and subsequent treatment, meeting a host of healthcareprofessionals along the way. 

'Getting into Medicine' - suitable for ages 14+
A presentation/workshop demystifying the application process along with some advice and guidance on choosing the right medical school. 

'Introduction to admissions tests' – suitable for ages 16+
An interactive workshop exploring the differences between UCAT and BMAT featuring practice questions. 

'Introduction to Interviews' – suitable for ages 16+
A workshop exploring the various medical school interview styles, considering possible questions types and practicing interview techniques. 

 

To see upcoming dates and book your place at one of our live events, visit our Events webpage. 

View our events here >

Work experience

BSMS does not place requirements on the amount or type of work experience a prospective medical student should have.

However, in line with the Medical Schools Council Work Experience Guidelines, we do expect candidates to:

  • Have a realistic understanding of medicine and what it means to be a doctor
  • Have had some experience of engaging with a wide range of people and understand the realities of a caring profession
  • Display some of the skills and attributes essential to be a successful doctor, including teamwork, leadership, good communication skills, resilience and empathy.

The Medical Schools Council sets out some useful work experience guidelines for prospective applicants to medicine, which can be downloaded below.

DOWNLOAD WORK EXPERIENCE GUIDELINES >


Virtual work experience

This course provides a 'virtual' work experience for those looking to apply to medical school. You will be introduced to the NHS before exploring the roles and skill sets of six different medical specialists. Along the way, you will also consider some of the challenges and wider issues doctors face. 

Click on the link below to view more.

Find out about virtual work experience > 

What some of our participants have said:

“The programme unlocked an experience which I may never have had due to my ongoing caring responsibilities and the restriction this has on my ability to participate in such programmes”

“I have done a lot of work experience but sometimes not had a real clue what doctors were doing or why: I think that this really explained everything from small detail to large very clearly so I could understand well”

“I loved how varied and interactive the course was. I really liked how simply everything was explained. Great job!”

“Thank you for creating a useful online resource that aspiring medical students can use, especially in a situation like this, where many students are feeling helpless. It has been a great opportunity for me to take part in and talk about in the future.”

“I would recommend the virtual work experience to future students as a precursor to work experience in the real world, and have recommended it to my fellow students at this point in time where all of our work experience opportunities have been removed.” 

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Online resources

The Medical Schools Council (MSC) has produced a significant number of informative online resources, including an interview preparation tool, to support students in their applications to medical school.

These resources have been produced in conjunction with admissions tutors from a number of UK medical schools, including BSMS. 

Find out about MSC resources >

BSMS Outreach newsletter

The BSMS Admissions and Outreach Team publish a monthly newsletter providing updates and relevant content to support an application to medicine. We also circulate details about our current events, outreach activities, and information about BSMS. To read the latest edition and/or to sign up to our mailing list, please visit our News and Updates page.

Visit our news and updates page here >

Social media

To keep up-to-date with all our activity, you can follow us on Twitter.

For our Outreach Team follow BSMSOutreach >

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