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Widening Access to Medicine Taster Course and Virtual Work Experience

Monday 3 – Thursday 6 April 2023

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Following on from a successful 2022 event, the University of Southampton will be running the Widening Access to Medicine Taster Course and Virtual Work Experience in 2023.

Applications will open early in 2023 but in the meantime if you would like to be the first to know when applications open, please register your interest here.

https://forms.office.com/r/PQiQVa5NuU

This is a free of charge 4-day Virtual Work Experience and Taster Course for thirty Year 12 students, designed to increase the applicant’s knowledge of the role of doctors and the training they undergo. The taster course will provide opportunities to develop interpersonal skills, increase awareness of the undergraduate medical student experience and support students in their applications to study Medicine.

The Widening Access to Medicine event includes:

Please see an example of the course programme.

This opportunity is for Year 12 students who want to study Medicine at university and intend to apply through a widening access programme, or contextual admissions route. To qualify for this event, you will need to be studying A Level Biology and one additional science, be under 18, and meet at least two of the following eligibility criteria:

(1). Where an applicant chooses the Free School Meals criterion and the 16-19 bursary criterion, the 16-19 bursary must be awarded for something other than Free School Meals. For example: Transport costs between home and college, textbooks/stationery/printing. The bursary does NOT include the UCAT bursary.

(2) Indices of Deprivation 2015 and 2019 (communities.gov.uk) The IMD score will be checked and verified by the Faculty of Medicine. Applicants should normally only submit eligibility criteria relating to one postcode/address

The programme is split into 3 days delivered virtually though Microsoft Teams and 1 day is on campus at the University of Southampton. Please be aware accommodation is not provided.

The On Campus visit is during Ramadan. Please be reassured there will be breaks in the programme to allow students to pray and the University of Southampton has a prayer room you are welcome to use. For more information, please visit the Faith and Reflection Centre website.

Hear what some of our previous students have said:

“Having a set of diverse doctors who specialise in all different fields was really nice and refreshing to see as it highlighted to me that regardless of your background and socio-economic background you can still do medicine and succeed. Dr A who had a similar background to me gave me hope that I can still do medicine regardless of my background as she stated, 'anyone can be a doctor'.”

“Throughout the work experience I was aware of the challenges facing doctors when working long hours and facing stressful situations. But speaking to the doctors and hearing them about overcoming these obstacles, really inspired me. I understand that a career in medicine will not be easy but after my work experience, I am even more determined and motivated to pursue a career in this rewarding field.” Fizra

“Not everyone who studied medicine is interested in becoming a doctor. Some want to go into public health, etc. But nonetheless any specialty/sector is extremely important. Beforehand I was closed off to anything but surgery whereas now I am more open to subspecialties like radiology and even research!”

“The best part of this course was the ward round sessions and the speed of networking with clinicians. I enjoyed round ward sessions with Dr A because I learned a lot from how he spoke to patients about their health and communicated very clearly and effectively with them. I also got an insight into the preparations before and after a patient is spoken to by a doctor.” Husna

“I have built my confidence and communication skills a lot more due mostly to the 3rd day when we had to go to the University and work together, communicate with each other and solve problems, there was a lot of teamwork where everyone had to take part and share their thoughts and opinions.” Fiza

“All the sessions were very detailed and informative. They covered all the questions I had regarding admissions and medicine. I feel a lot less stressed regarding getting into med school.” Sidra

“This experience has made me step out of my comfort zone, so I believe this experience has helped me develop more communication skills and it has given me more motivation to be able to work hard to get good grades.”

“I feel like medicine is less scary than it is made out to be. There are people constantly helping you along the way and no one is trying to bring you down.”

“I was delighted to see that we were provided with a prayer place and was glad to know that there is a prayer place for everyone in the university” Husna

Applications will open early in 2023 but in the meantime if you would like to be the first to know when applications open, please register your interest here. https://forms.office.com/r/PQiQVa5NuU

For more information, please contact outreach@soton.ac.uk.

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