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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 aimed at secondary and college students. Lectures will generally take place on the first Wednesday of the month.

In line with government advice around Covid-19 and public gatherings we have had to temporarily suspend the open lectures. We are now working to deliver these virtually, and will be updating this page with information and further details once dates for the lectures have been confirmed. In the meantime, you can watch our previous lecture recordings via the BSMS Facebook page below. 

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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.


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.” 

What participants have learnt:

Below are just a few examples of reflections users have made after completing the course. These include poems, a comic and a mindmap.

Download examples and reflections here >


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 >

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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