Medicine Summer School

Medical student smiling at the camera during class at the universityThe Medicine Summer School offers a fun and interactive introduction to the world of medicine, which allows students to learn the theory and also to begin to develop the practical skills involved in being a doctor. We will use detailed case studies to consolidate knowledge at each stage. Groups of students will be presented with information about a patient’s primary symptoms, teams will then order their tests, draw conclusions from these tests and present their findings, including their treatment recommendations, to their fellow medics.

Medical schools have long recognised the importance of student doctors considering the role of medical professionals in a wider ethical and societal context. The Medicine Summer School incorporates these debates and discussions at every stage of the course, leaving students well equipped to deal with medical ethics questions at interview and in professional life.

The course allows students to build on knowledge from the GCSE and A level biology syllabus and apply that knowledge in medical contexts. The course is open to students who have not yet started A level, but students will need to be confident in grasping and applying a reasonably substantial quantity of new anatomical information. In many ways this is a similar burden as that faced by new medical undergraduates, so it should not deter keen prospective medics, but is something to keep in mind when considering whether this course is for you.

For 2020 the Medicine Summer School will be split into five parts, each of which will cover different areas of medical practice. Although each part complements the others, they can also be approached as stand alone events, so students can attend either one part only, two parts, three parts, four parts or all five.

Part 1 will include Dealing with Patients, Radiology, Haematology, Cardiology, Trauma and Suturing – see a more detailed schedule here

Part 2 will include Neurology, The Respiratory System and Psychiatry see a more detailed schedule here.

Part 3 will include Emergency Medicine, Oncology and Gastroenterology  see a more detailed schedule here.

Part 4 will include Obstetrics, Paediatrics and Childhood Development see a more detailed schedule here.

Part 5 will include Tropical Medicine, Immunology and Surgical Skills see a more detailed schedule here.

For full practical and booking details just scroll down past the reviews.

The Medicine Summer School offers a fun and interactive introduction to the world of medicine, which allows students to learn the theory and also to begin to develop the practical skills involved in being a doctor. We will use detailed case studies to consolidate knowledge at each stage. Groups of students will be presented with information about a patient’s primary symptoms, teams will then order their tests, draw conclusions from these tests and present their findings, including their differential diagnosis, prognosis and treatment recommendations to their fellow ‘consultants’.

Medical schools have long recognised the importance of student doctors considering the role of medical professionals in a wider ethical and societal context. The Debate Chamber Medicine Summer School incorporates these debates and discussions at every stage of the course, leaving students well equipped to deal with medical ethics questions at interview and in professional life.

The course allows students to build on knowledge from the GCSE and A level biology syllabus and apply that knowledge in medical contexts. The course is open to students who have not yet started A level, but students will need to be confident in grasping and applying a reasonably substantial quantity of new anatomical information. In many ways this is a similar burden as that faced by new medical undergraduates, so it should not deter keen prospective medics, but is something to keep in mind when considering whether this course is for you.

For 2020 the Medicine Summer School will be split into five parts, each of which will cover different areas of medical practice. Although each part complements the others, they can also be approached as stand alone events, so students can attend either one part only, two parts, three parts, four parts or all five.

Part 1 will include Dealing with Patients, Radiology, Haematology, Cardiology, Trauma and Suturing – see a more detailed schedule here.

Part 2 will include Neurology, The Respiratory System and Psychiatry – see a more detailed schedule here.

Part 3 will include Emergency Medicine, Oncology and Gastroenterology – see a more detailed schedule here.

Part 4 will include Obstetrics, Paediatrics and Childhood Development – see a more detailed schedule here.

Part 5 will include Tropical Medicine, Immunology and Surgical Skills – see a more detailed schedule here.

‘I completely recommend this course! Whether you are totally convinced Medicine is for you, or if you just want a taster to see if it’s right, this course is perfect! The tutors are passionate and highly knowledgeable, and teach a great course covering a wide range of topics! Absolutely ten out of ten on all aspects – go and do it!’

‘Debate Chamber’s Medicine Summer School was great! I learnt in great detail about medical topics such as oncology, paediatrics and epidemiology. Suturing bananas was a highlight for me and I would thoroughly recommend the course for a anyone considering medicine as a career. It was great to meet others in my position from around the country who shared a common goal. Most of all it was great fun!’

‘The Medicine course is amazing! It was such a privilege to attend and I had such a great time, the people were all so lovely and supporting, the tutor was wonderful and I learnt so much! I thoroughly recommend this course for anyone considering medicine, or anybody who just wishes to learn more!’

Practical Details

While the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing, courses will be held online, rather than in-person.

At this stage, it is unclear what the situation will be for summer 2021 in terms of in-person events – we will continue to review the situation as it develops, but in-person courses will not be scheduled until we can be confident that they can go ahead safely, and with a very low probability of disruption.

In any case, it is very likely that online courses will be offered next summer in addition to in-person events, for those who would prefer not to travel to London. Booking for online summer events will open in late Autumn 2020.

The Medicine Summer School is open to students aged 15 – 18.

The usual venue for this course is Student Central, University of London, Bloomsbury Campus, Central London – you can see more venue and travel details herePlease note that accommodation is not included, and must be arranged independently if required.

Each Part of the in-person course is two days in length, and teaching hours on each day will run from 10.30am till 4.30pm, with a lunch break.

If you are interested in this course, either in person or online you can click on the ‘Express Your Interest’ button below and let us know that you would like to hear about any news or updates related to this event.

If you have any questions, simply call us on 0800 810 1058 or email us at info@debatechamber.com.