November Updates for Schools - BSMS Outreach Team
November Updates for Schools - BSMS Outreach Team
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 Monday 7th December using Zoom video conferencing between 18:30 - 19:30.
The lecture will have a festive twist and will explore what A & E is like over Christmas. The lecture will be delivered by emergency medicine consultant Dr Rob Galloway. I am in the process of creating the event page and once it is live I will be sending it around via email. In the meantime, please feel free to keep an eye on our events page too.
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. Whilst 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.
BrightIdeas – For Students in Year 12
BrightIdeas is a research project for Year 12 students across Kent, Sussex and Hampshire that seeks to combine scientific literature with patient insight.
Supported by a current medical student as an E-mentor, students interested in studying medicine and enrolled on the BrightIdeas project will:
- Choose a medical condition of interest, e.g. autism, dementia, HIV, leukaemia
- Research the science behind the condition
- Explore the social implications and social stigmas of the condition via discussions with patients, or anyone who has cared for patients with the condition
- Report their findings via an essay, video, podcast, blog etc
- Share their reports at the BrightIdeas Conference which will take place during a summer school - funded by Health Education England - at either the University of Kent or the University of Sussex
- Reflect on their experiences.
Throughout the year, students enrolled in the programme will attend an online Launch and Mid-point Review event via Zoom, as well as an in-person 3-night summer school* at either the University of Kent or the University of Sussex.
*Please note for the in-person summer school, we will be guided by government and university advice. It will only go ahead if it’s safe to do so. If it can’t be run in person, there will be an online event.
To find out more about the programme, including the eligibility criteria and application form, please visit/signpost your students to the BrightIdeas Sway here.
If you and/or your students have any questions about BrightIdeas, please contact Charlotte Smyrk via email@example.com
Practical Ethics and Responsibility Competition – Year 11 - 13:
The Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics (part of University of Oxford) are running their Practical Ethics and Responsibility Competition again this year! We were extremely proud of our BrightMed team who won the inaugural competition earlier this year! To support those who may wish to enter the competition this year, we are running an introductory session for a Year 11-13 students across Sussex.
It would be wonderful if you could possibly pass on the following information to anyone who you feel might be interested.
- Do you need something else to write/talk about for your University application and/or interview? (Ethical stations are fairly popular at medical school interviews…)
- Do you enjoy thinking about social responsibility (for example, “Who is responsible for the global spread of infectious diseases?” or “Is a bad upbringing an excuse for committing crimes?”)?
- Would you like to be in with the chance of sharing a £300 prize pot?
If yes, carry on reading!
A little bit about the competition:
Oxford’s Uheiro Centre for Practical Ethics is a world leading centre for the study of applied ethics. To follow on from the success of the competition that took place this year (students who attended our BrightMed won the whole thing!) they are putting on an another one. The competition is for students in Year 11-13 (in teams of up 5) and involves making a video about an ethical problem and discussing the role that responsibility might play in this. The best entries will be invited to the University of Oxford for an Ethics and Responsibility day, where teams will take part in a final debate, have lots of opportunities to discuss ethics with researchers, and have a taste of University life.
The team’s video is judged on: the argument, it’s clarity, originality and team working. These are all important skills that will serve you well for life as a medical student, but also can be helpful for the process of applying to medical school; not to mention that this is a fantastic thing to put on your personal statement and/or speak about at interview.
The topics suggested are very broad, some of which of course relate to medical ethics, but leave a lot of scope for you to be creative and pursue an area that excites you. This is a video a completion, so again there is plenty of chance for you to really show off your talents and produce something unique and interesting. You can view the video submissions from last year’s finalists here.
For more info about the competition generally, see the link here.
How we are planning on helping you:
We are holding an online introductory session on Zoom on Thursday 12th November from 17:00 – 18:30. What is even better is that Joshua Parker (see more info about Joshua below), will be the leading the session and will be able to set you off on the best possible path!
More info about Joshua:
Joshua Parker is a GP trainee and Sector Lead for Ethics and Law at The University of Manchester’s medical school. He graduated from Brighton and Sussex Medical School in 2015 and has lived in the North West since. It was at medical school that his passion for medical ethics developed and led him to complete a Masters in Healthcare Ethics and Law. Both at medical school and since qualifying Josh has won a number of prizes for his work in medical ethics. Josh is also a member of Manchester Foundation Trust’s clinical ethics committee. In his academic work, Josh has wide and varied interests. His current projects relate to moral exploitation; blame and responsibility in healthcare and sperm donation after death. His work has featured in The Journal of Medical Ethics and BMJ opinion.
How to sign up for the session:
All students wishing to attend to the intro. session are required to fill in the brief form here.
Please note: if you have already identified a team you would like to work with, please decide on who will be the team leader. As a team leader, when you fill in the form, you will also be asked to put in the names of the other team members – this will just help us to put you all into the same breakout room!
Please also note: you do not have to have a team in mind to attend the session!
If you have any questions, please do email us via firstname.lastname@example.org
UniTasterDays Teachers' Guide to University Brochure – Teachers & Careers Advisors:
The 2020-2021 edition of the UniTasterDays.com Teachers' Guide to University brochure has been released. This print and electronic guide is produced in collaboration with HELOA – and supported by Action on Access.
Editorial has been provided by over 30 colleagues at universities throughout the UK – and is aimed to support the university guidance that is provided in secondary schools and colleges. This includes topics on booking online university events, the Gatsby benchmarks, university CPD opportunities, arranging subject specific events and more.
Experts and celebrity names outside higher education have also supplied fantastic content, including Martin Lewis’s exclusive content on university fees and finance and graduate employability content from one of the UK's most successful business leaders, CEO of BT's Consumer Division, Marc Allera.