BSMS Outreach Team October Updates & Activities
BSMS Outreach Team October Updates & Activities
Monthly Lecture Series (MLS) – Year 7 – Year 13:
We've got some really exciting and interesting talks scheduled for this series of monthly lectures. The MLS is designed for secondary school students and provides the unique opportunity for students to learn more about different aspects of medicine, career pathways, and how to get into medicine.
For this year's series the talks will be hosted online. The next lecture in the series will be taking place on Wednesday 4th November using Zoom video conferencing between 18:30 - 19:30.
The first in this year's series is titled 'Do Human Rights Matter More Than Public Health? Lessons from the COVID-19 and HIV Pandemics' and will be delivered by Dr Marija Pantelic who is a Public Health Lecturer at BSMS and an HIV activist.
I have attached the flyer, and would be very grateful if you could share this with your students if possible. Tickets for all of our lectures in the series are free, and tickets, alongside further details, for March's lecture can be booked here. Please note, future lectures will be added to the events page when the details are finalised. I will also send out information about each month's lecture including a flyer for noticeboards/social media if you feel this would be of interest & appropriate to share.
BSMS Virtual Work Experience – Year 9+:
The BSMS Virtual Work Experience, which has recently led to BSMS being nominated for a Social Mobility Award, is still live and freely available for any students hoping to access "real world" clinical experience. This may be of particular interest to your students in the current climate and is a fantastic online resource which explores some of the key values attributed to being an NHS doctor in a variety of specialities.
Using patient case studies, interactive quizzes and activities, the platform encourages students to carefully consider the role of doctor whilst reflecting on their own strengths and weaknesses. We would be extremely grateful if you could circulate the link below to your students. The course is completely free of charge and accessible to all, although those in Year 9 or above may benefit the most.
The resource is extremely versatile and thus has plenty of scope for amendments and/or module creation, if you have any feedback please email Charlotte (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In addition, the Medical Schools Council (MSC) have also produced some guidance on work experience during the Coivd-19 pandemic, which may be of interest.
Online Talks Restarting – For Students (Year 10 +)/Teachers/Parents/Carers:
During the summer the BSMS Admissions and Outreach Team launched a series of talks online designed for secondary schools students from Year 10 upwards. The talks explored a variety of topics and had a really fantastic uptake with students both in the UK and worldwide. We're relaunching these for the autumn starting in October and will be looking at areas such as medical school interviews, the NHS and getting into medicine. All the talks are free to attend, but spaces are limited. Tickets can be booked on our events page here.
Observe GP Work Experience– For Students 16+:
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) have also designed a virtual work experience platform for aspiring medics aged 16+. It provides an insight into medicine, with an emphasis on general practice, through videos and other educational activities. Further information about the programme can be found via their website here.
Dr.EAM Conference – Year 12:
The Birmingham Widening Access to Medical Sciences society (BWAMS) at the University of Birmingham have organised a free virtual Year 12 medicine admissions conference for state school pupils. Their upcoming DR.EAM Junior Conference will take place on Saturday 28th November 2020, for Year 12 students in the UK. The day will consist of inspiring talks, workshops and panels made up of doctors and medical students from around the country. I have attached both a flyer and further details of the event provided by BWAMS.
Please encourage any students wishing to attend to apply before Sunday 22nd November 2020 using the following link: https://bham.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/dream-junior-2020-application
Upcoming UCAS Deadline – Year 13 & Teachers/Parents/Carers:
Oftentimes this needs no reminder, however this year certainly has been unpredictable and has definitely thrown us all a bit off kilter. With that in mind, October is already upon us and with that comes the October 15th UCAS deadline for all university applications to dentistry, veterinary science and, of course, medicine. If you or your students have any last minute queries do feel free to email us on email@example.com and we will do our best to assist.
BSMS Multiple Mini Interviews for 2021/22 Applicants: - Year 13s and Teachers/Careers Advisors, Parents/Carers:
Due to the current situation with COVID-19, all applicants for 2021/22 should be aware that the multiple mini interviews (MMIs) at BSMS will be held remotely using Zoom videoconferencing software. We are currently aiming to hold these in January 2021. You can read more over on our website here.
BSMS Outreach Newsletter – Students, Parents/Carers & Teachers:
The Outreach Team circulate a newsletter on the 1st of each month which includes information, articles and updates related to studying medicine and BSMS itself. We include interviews with current students, timely reminders and updates about our own events. The newsletter is open to any and all to sign up for and you can sign up over on our website here. If you like to read our most recent edition you can do so here.