Medical Summer School – London
* COVID-19 Update: Inline with Government guidelines our Summer 2021 programmes will be running. See below for our COVID guarantee policy. *
Expert Tip 1:
Communicating with patients is a skill that you will develop during medical school and beyond. But making a start during your work experience is your first step. Make every effort to speak to as many patients as possible, even if they are not medical conversations. This will start to develop your communication skills, but more importantly, it will provide insight into patients’ experience.
Expert Tip 2:
Always have your journal on you. When something important happens, just scribble down a few notes so you don’t forget it, and then expand on it in your free time. It will be a massive help when writing your personal statement and reflecting on your experience. We provide work experience diaries and reflection sheets for all our students.
This course won “Best Educational Product” award in 2018
Award-winning medical school preparation course
This is our award-winning medical school preparation course for students aged 15+. It provides all the work experience, insight and medical school preparation a student needs to gain a place at medical school. It combines hospital based experience where students take part in A&E scenarios with state-of-the-art technology, with UCAT/BMAT, Interview, Personal Statement, Seminars, Lectures and Clinical Skills – all packed into one week.
This course is for the aspiring medical students who want to gain that place at medical school. It’s for the students who are overwhelmed with all the contradicting advice from thousands of sources on the internet. For students who want expert advice and guidance from someone they can trust and talk to in-person. For students who want the best and most insightful work experience. For students who want to ace their personal statement, entrance exams and interviews. This course is for you.
COVID Flexibility Guarantee
Under current UK Government guidance, we are now able to run our Summer Medical School in Summer 2021 and beyond. We understand there is still a degree of uncertainty around travel within the UK and internationally. This is why we are being 100% flexible for our students.
Unlimited Dates Changes
We are allowing unlimited and free date changes. If we are unable to deliver the course due to COVID enforced restrictions or you are unable to join us due to COVID related reasons, we will change your course date to any of our next available courses.
Unlimited Course Switches
If you are unable to join us due to Government enforced travel restrictions we can transfer any course fees paid into credit, which can be used to join any Medical Projects course, or combination of courses, within the next 12 months.
Balance Payment Refunds
If you are unable to move to an alternative date and you do not wish to join another course or combination of courses, we will issue a full refund of your balance payment.
This is a week-long residential course. Students arrive on the Sunday and leave on the following Saturday. Teaching days run from Monday to Friday.
Please note this timetable is subject to rotation of days depending on Doctor’s and medical equipment availability.
Day 1 – Hospital Day
– Practical – How to take a patient history
– Teaching – A to E assessment session
– Teaching – Importance of role allocation in medical situations
– Practical – Clinical skills session 1 – Intubation
– Practical – Medical scenario 1
– Discussion – Debrief
Dinner and evening activities
Day 2 – Teaching Day
– Discussion – Welcome and inductions
– Teaching – Work experience
– Teaching – Personal statements
– Teaching – Entrance Examinations
– Practical – How to take blood pressure
– Teaching – Life as a medical student
– Teaching – Life as a Junior Doctor
– Teaching – Medical Ethics
– Practical – Suture 101 workshop
– Discussion – Applying to medical school
– Practical – Scrubbing up for surgery
Dinner and evening activities
Day 3 – Hospital Day
– Discussion – Recap on the previous day
– Practical – Cannulation and venipuncture
– Practical – Medical scenario 2
– Practical – Basic life support training course
– Practical – Medical scenario 3
– Discussion – Debrief
Dinner and evening activities
Day 4 – Interview Day
– Practical – Mock multiple mini interviews
– Discussion – Personal feedback
Free time for London and tourist activities
Day 5 – Hospital Day
– Discussion – Recap
– Teaching – 4 H’s and 4 T’s
– Practical – Medical Scenario 4
– Practical – Medical Scenario 5
– Discussion – Debrief
– Discussion – Q&A and networking with Doctors
Full Immersion Results In Deeper Insight
We believe students learn best in full immersion environments. We use the same state-of-the-art patient simulators as used in Medical Schools and hospitals across the UK. By using this equipment, under the guidance of our Doctors, students are put in the position of A&E Doctors and have to act and make decisions as real-world Doctors do everyday.
This immersive situation provides far deeper insight into the role of a Doctor and the further MDT than any traditional shadowing placement can. The learning process is so incredible students will be managing simulated cardiac arrests and trauma cases such as car crashes in the space of just one week.
A key part of our Summer Medical School is the use of our state-of-the-art simulator technology. These are used by medical schools, hospitals and professional medical training centres around the world.
What is a Medical Simulator?
A medical simulator is an advanced patient “robot” where we can control everything in a safe but realistic environment. The patients talk, act, move and react like real patients and will even have full discussions with the Doctors (our students). Our team can also control their medical condition depending on students decisions and actions.
Does a simulated patient compare to a real patient?
We believe so. And so do medical schools and hospitals around the world who train their Doctors and medical professionals using the same equipment. We believe being challenged in an immersive environment, where students have to make decisions under pressure is the real insight medical applicants need. Students will have to make life and death decisions in the safety of our simulator. It’s amazing how quickly students learn when given this level of responsibility.
Better than traditional work experience?
It’s a strong statement to say that using our simulators is “better” than traditional shadowing experience. But when you consider medical schools are looking for “insight” and not “observations” it makes sense that students gain experiences that give them real insight. When you combine hands-on simulation experience with great reflection, you have the perfect combination medical schools are looking for. We believe experiential learning is far more effective than traditional shadowing experience.
Safety First. Always.
Student safety is our number one priority. Always. This is why we have 24/7 staff on our residential courses. We have highly trained and experienced full-time Medical Projects staff on our courses at all times. We also have trusted current medical students who support our full-time staff, which means we have a student to staff ratio of at least 1:8 at all times. All our staff are DBS checked and work in teams whilst on our residential courses. All our courses are risk assessed to the highest standards and we have 24/7 emergency contact numbers for both students and parents.
Whilst learning and medical work experience is our main focus, we also want to ensure students make the most of their time in London and leave with new friends from all over the world!
Our team arrange great social activities for some of the evenings the students are with us. Some of these take place in our accommodation to help break the ice at the beginning of the week, but we also organise some fantastic experiences around the city, which typically include;
– Visits to some of London’s most famous sites
– Team quiz night
– An evening at Covent Garden
– A scavenger hunt experience
– Friday evening night out to a West End theatre show
Our accommodation is based in safe, quiet areas within easy reach of Central London. Our students share single-gender dormitory style rooms, and will usually share with 1 or 2 other students.
We have 3-4 accommodation partners which we use depending on student numbers and project dates, so please get in touch with us for exact details of your accommodation. You can see our accommodation partners opposite to give an idea of what students can expect from their time with Medical Projects.
Everything you need…
Gaining the insight and medical work experience required for medical school is only half of the challenge. We also cover each application element to ensure students have a complete and strong application. Our expert Mentors, Doctors and Medical Students also cover the following topics in expert detail:
– Personal statements
– Medical ethics
– Medical school interviews
– Mock Interviews with individual feedback
– Reflection training
– Certificate of completion
Book your space today
Only the deposit is required to secure your place today. Courses typically fill up around six months in advance so early booking is required.
Fees and Availability
Total 2020/21 Fees: £2450
Early Bird Fee: £1950 (Ending soon)
When booking your medical work experience you pay a £300 deposit to secure your space. This is removed from the total and the remaining balance of £1650 is due 90 days before the course start date.
11th July – 17th July 2021
18th July – 24th July 2021
1st August – 7th August 2021
8th August – 14th August 2021
24th October – 30th October 2021
What our students think…
“This course was a real investment for us. We wanted to make sure our daughter had the best preparation and best chance to gain a place at medical school first time. The insight and medical school preparation was first class and she now has three offers. Worth every penny for us as parents”
– Sarah G. (Parent)
“I loved it! It was so much more than just a ‘course’. Being in the simulators was amazing. Being able to deal with a cardiac arrest situation was unreal and I learnt so much. I used so much from the week in my personal statement and interviews which I think really helped me stand out. I will be studying medicine at King’s College London next year.”
– Emily S. (Student)
“I feel very well prepared for the whole process now. I knew I needed some medical work experience but I didn’t know which one to choose – I’m glad I chose Medical Projects. The medical cases were really awesome! The Doctors and medical students were great. I also got a lot of help with my personal statement which I was really struggling with before. “
– Stephen L. (Student)
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Frequently Asked Questions
What’s included in the course fee?
– Three days in our London hospital
– Use of the state-of-the-art simulation suite
– Expert Mentors, Doctors & Medical Students
– UCAT preparation
– BMAT preparation
– Mock interview with personal feedback
– Clinical skills sessions
– All equipment for clinical skills
– Medical Projects branded scrubs to keep
– Medical Projects branded ID badge
– Breakfast and dinner each day
– Certificate of completion
What’s not included in the course fee?
– Oyster travel card – approximately £40
– Lunch money – approximately £5-7 per day
– Optional threatre ticket – approximately £45
Will I get a certificate at the end of the course?
Yes. All students will be sent a certificate once they have completed the course. Your certificate is proof of your experience and can be used as evidence at interview for medical school.
I have specific dietary requirements, can these be accommodated?
Yes. We deal with lots of dietary requirements on our courses. We will ask you to complete an additional form before joining us and we will make the necessary adjustments to the meals in advance.
I’m not from the UK, can I still join?
Yes! Students from all around the world join this course. Typically there is a 60% UK students and 40% international students.
While there are travel restrictions within the UK due to COVID-19, this is likely to differ slightly.
What happens after I book and pay my deposit?
– You’ll receive a booking confirmation with log-in details for an information Dashboard page to help you prepare for joining us.
– You’ll have contact details for your allocated Student Advisor who is available for calls and questions from you, or your parents/guardians.
– You’ll complete forms with your details such as emergency contact information and which meeting point you will join us at.
– You’ll pay your remaining balance for the course no later than 90 days before your start date.
Staff will collect you from your selected meeting point on Sunday and accompany you to your chosen departure point at the end of the course.
I’m an overseas student, do I need to make my own way to the accommodation?
No. We have 3 meeting points in London;
– Kings Cross Train Station
– Heathrow Airport
– Our Accommodation
Students who arrive at Heathrow will submit their flight details and staff will collect them from the arrivals area when they land.
During restrictions due to COVID-19, Medical Projects will inform you if this is affected.