Teachers’ Guide: How To Build A Medical Society

At The Medic Portal, we have had the privilege of both observing and contributing to a large number of school Medical Societies over the last few years.

Medical Societies can provide an invaluable resource for students when structured well. This Teachers’ Guide to building a medical society is designed to advise you how to do just that.

What Are The Aims Of A School Medical Society?

This is the first question that needs to be answered and will guide everything you do. We believe these aims are:

What Makes A Great School Medical Society?

Having been invited into a great many Medical Societies, we have developed a checklist of traits that make the best ones stand out. See if you can incorporate them into yours:

What Topics Could Your School Medical Society Cover?

Divide the UK Medical Schools up between the pupils in your Medical Society. Ask them to do presentations on their allocated Medical Schools. These should include:

This will help everyone in the group get a clear understanding of what each institution has to offer. And since the presentations are done by students, they will tease out the points they find most important.

Here are some other suggestions of ways to make the most of your Medical Society sessions:

One teacher on starting a Sixth Form Medical Society:

“A few years ago, I started a sixth form medical society. The idea was to allow them to share their common interest through regular meetings. Pupils took on some of the responsibility for arranging events which have included trips, talks and workshops. Gradually the society has developed and is now become a hub that I use to provide support for their applications.

Although primarily a sixth form society, there is no doubt that starting early helps prepare them and reduces the pressure at the end of year 12, so I encourage interested pupils to attend meetings in year 10 and 11. We still host speakers from various specialisms and institutions, however, there are events over the year aimed at helping them in each of the key aspects of their application from choosing a medical school to writing their personal statements.”

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