QMUL MEDi is a newly-affiliated society which has been running successfully throughout the year by applying the ‘one-event-a-month’ rule with external and internal speakers taking part. We aim to help graduates get in to medicine and dentistry by providing the required insight into what these courses entail. This was achieved through various networking opportunities with healthcare professionals to help students in securing relevant medical or dental work experience. We have hosted several medical and dental-related talks, debates, and activities to enhance student applications.
MEDi held 6 academic events hosted by medicine representatives. Our meet and greet event was highly anticipated as we invited Dr Aaminah Verity, a volunteer doctor who had recently spent six weeks in refugee camps on the Greek island of Chios. After completing an MSc in Tropical Medicine and International Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Dr Verity now works in A&E in London. She discussed why she chose medicine, her pathway, her specialty and the realities of working as a doctor in the NHS. At the end of the event, members were able to network with Dr Verity to ask about medical work experience.
The next event held was a Dental Talk in collaboration with the Biomedics Society, one of the largest biological and chemical science societies. By working with the Biomedics Society, we were able to get both undergraduate and graduate dental students from Barts and the London. At the event, members were informed of what it takes to get into dentistry, and advice on getting into the field and sustaining motivation throughout. The panel discussion also reviewed dental work experience, improving manual dexterity skills and life as a dental student.
MEDi collaborated with QMUL Biochemical and Pharmaceutical Science Society for the Insider’s Perspective on Medical School event. We had a group panel discussion of 8 medical students from UCL, KCL, Imperial, Warwick, and Barts medical school, consisting of a mixture of students who entered medicine as school leavers, or undergraduate students having a science or humanities- related degree. This event provided aspiring medics with invaluable insider information on medical school application and their experiences, student life, course structure specific to their medical school, and general advice and tips.
Our penultimate event was ‘Life as a Junior Doctor’. We invited two speakers; a Foundation Year 2 Junior Doctor at Ealing Hospital, and an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in Cardiology at Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College Health Care. The doctors spoke about the trajectory of junior doctors, the junior doctor strike, pros and cons of the NHS, getting into consultancy, and general advice and tips on medical school applications. This was an extremely insightful event as students were able to see what life after medical school entailed.
Our last event ‘Want to Ace your Medical Interview’ was an interview simulation event with medical students acting as an interviewer and interviewee. The interview simulation was opened to the audience, and feedback was provided on what answers were deemed good or bad. A series of common medical questions were asked to the panel, and individual panel members discussed how they would approach the questions and how to prepare for an interview.
MEDi is a great contribution to campus life because it fulfils the needs not met by other societies, such as supporting students with aptitude tests required for medical school entry GAMSAT, BMAT, and UKCAT through crash courses, as well as interview simulations. MEDi was nominated for ‘Best New Society’ this year and is unique in the fact that our events cater for students from all degree backgrounds to get into medicine or dentistry.