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BSMS Teachers and Advisers Update

Welcome back to the December Edition of the BSMS Teachers and Advisers Update.

As always, if you or your students have any questions about our admissions processes, events, and activities, please do get in touch. We’re always happy to provide information and advice.

BSMS Festive Outreach Lecture 2023 – Wednesday 6 December

Our Festive Outreach Lecture is back for 2023, with this year’s topic ‘Bandits, Booby Traps, and Broken Bones: When A&E met Home Alone.’

This lecture from Dr Luke Tester will answer the question, how many times would Harry and Marv have been hospitalised in ‘Home Alone’? Following Dr Luke Tester’s lecture, the BSMS Anatomy Society will be leading a series of hands on workshops for you to explore our topic further and gain some clinical skills in the process!

This lecture will be delivered in-person at the University of Sussex, on Wednesday 6 December from 6:00pm until 8:00pm. Please note that the content in our Festive Outreach Lecture is aimed at students aged 11+ as it contains descriptions of injuries sustained in the film ‘Home Alone.

To book your place, please visit our events page by clicking here.

If you have any questions about this event, or the Monthly Lecture Series, please email the Outreach Team via

January Monthly Outreach Lecture – Wednesday 3 January

In January’s monthly lecture, Dr Mani Jayamurthy will guide us through a paediatric ward round, meeting babies, toddlers, and teenagers. Along the way, we’ll explore what’s making them unwell, how we can treat them, and most importantly, we’ll find out how being a doctor in paediatrics is different to working in any other specialty.

Dr Jayamurthy graduated from BSMS in 2017 and is currently a paediatric trainee in London.This event will be running via the Zoom platform from 6:30pm – 7:30pm.

For more information and to register for this session, please visit:

Applications for the BrightIdeas 2024, MSC Pathway Programme are open!

What is the BrightIdeas programme?   

Brighton and Sussex Medical School are working with Anglia Ruskin University, the Medical Schools Council and the NHS to provide aspiring medics, in Year 12, the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required to submit a competitive application to medical school. The programme is centred around students undertaking a research project that combines scientific literature with insights from people with lived experience of chronic conditions. Alongside completing the project, students also attend four online events and a residential summer school, where they’ll experience undergraduate level teaching, practise key clinical skills, meet doctors, patients and medical students from across the UK and receive 1:1 support with personal statement and interview preparation.

To find out more about the programme, the eligibility criteria and details of how to apply, visit the BrightIdeas 2024 page: note the deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 8 January 2024.

If you have any questions about the BrightIdeas 2024, MSC Pathway Programme, please do feel free to email Charlotte via

An introduction to evidence-based care – Thursday 7 December

Cochrane UK and Cochrane Ireland are hosting a free 90-minute webinar for secondary school pupils aged 16-18 years considering studying healthcare-related subjects at university.

During this interactive session, attendees will explore the following:

  • What is evidence-based health care and why is it important when making decisions about our health?
  • How can we find out if a treatment is effective and safe?
  • Why is it important to question what you read and hear about health?

This event is hosted by Cochrane UK and Cochrane Ireland and will be delivered virtually on Thursday 7 December.

To find out more, and access the Zoom registration link, please visit:

InsideUniMedicine Interview Webinar – Wednesday 13 December

InsideUniMedicine is running their Medical Schools Interview Guidance Webinar on Wednesday 13 December from 5pm.

This session will include interview demonstrations, interview advice and guidance, and a current medical student guest speaker.

Interested students can sign up using this link:

GSCE Focus Day – Saturday 27 January

The GCSE Focus Day is aimed at students who are sitting a GCSE through college or a Further Education setting. You’ll explore the types of questions covered in the Foundation Tier papers and develop effective strategies to help you answer them. You’ll also be shown proven methods for problem solving which might benefit you in other areas of study.

If you meet our Access Plus criteria you’ll also be encouraged to apply for online tutoring sessions through MyTutor, to help support you with upcoming GCSE exams.

Interested students can find out more by using this link:

Science/Art engagement project for sixth form/college students across Sussex 

Colleagues from Brighton and Sussex Medical School/NHS, are working with the arts charity - Same Sky - to create an exhibition aimed at sharing the advances in personalised treatment of children's eczema, allergy and asthma and are looking for sixth form students to help!

The finer details of the project are yet to be finalised, but involvement is likely to include:

  • Artwork planning on Zoom
  • Intermittent catch-ups either online or in-person in Brighton with artwork progressing at home
  • All resources for creating artwork will be provided
  • Participation at a Brighton Fringe Festival event during a weekend in May 2024 (date tbc)

This is a great opportunity for you learn more about personalised medicine as you explore creative ways of communicating current scientific research with patients and their families.

If this sounds like something you would be interested in finding out more about, please complete this quick expression of interest form and we'll be in touch with more details in due course.

Many thanks,

The BSMS Admissions and Outreach Team