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 2021 the Medicine Summer School will be split into three 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, or all three.

Part 1 will include Dealing with Patients, Haematology, and Cardiology – see a schedule for this course here.

Part 2 will include The Respiratory System, Neurology, and Psychiatry – see a schedule for this course here.

Part 3 will include Emergency Medicine and Pandemics – see a schedule for this course here.

For full practical and booking details please 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 2021 the Medicine Summer School will be split into three 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, or all three.

Part 1 will include Dealing with Patients, Haematology, and Cardiology – see a schedule for this course here.

Part 2 will include The Respiratory System, Neurology, and Psychiatry – see a schedule for this course here.

Part 3 will include Emergency Medicine and Pandemics – see a schedule for this course 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, and as long as there remains a risk of disruption, all courses will be held online, rather than in-person.

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

Part 1 (Dealing with Patients, Haematology, and Cardiology) will take place 24th – 25th July.

Part 2 (Neurology, The Respiratory System and Psychiatry) will take place 31st July – 1st August.

Part 3 (Pandemics and Emergency Medicine) will take place 7th – 8th August.

Each Part of the online course is two days in length, and teaching hours on each day will run from 10.00am till 3.30pm, with a lunch break. 

These are live online events, with small seminar groups offering fully interactive classroom discussion and debate (much as you would normally expect from our in-person courses). The events will not be recorded, so it is essential that you are able to attend during the course hours, and that you have a reliable audio and video internet connection.

The cost for any single Part of this course is £180, and you can reserve your place with a 25% non-refundable deposit. The remainder of the payment is due eight weeks in advance of the course start date. Please see here for full booking terms and conditions.

To book your place for any Part of the online Medicine Summer School, please click on the button below, which will take you to the booking form. Please note that because we will be keeping online class sizes small, places are very limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

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

We offer a limited number of full and partial bursaries (of up to 80% of fees) to students who could not otherwise afford to attend. If you would like to apply for a bursary then please complete your bursary application here.