This year’s UCL Target Medicine Summer School was a truly inspirational event with four alumni in the role of medical student mentors, three of whom have just graduated as doctors.
Held in July, the annual summer school aims to inspire and increase the confidence of students from non-selective state secondary schools to take up careers in medicine. This year, attendees had the opportunity to work with recently qualified Nadir Chowdhury, Negin Amiri, and Zoya Georgieva, all of whom attended the summer school eight years ago.
Roda, a summer school student described the week,
“Educational yet fun and extremely inspirational, I feel that I am more confident in myself.”
The students, who are aged 15 and 16, come from all over London to attend an exhausting but exhilarating week of team building activities, clinical skills, and talks on finance, getting into medical school and what it’s really like to be a doctor. There was also a visit to the main UCL campus in Bloomsbury for a tour of the lecture theatres and skills centre.
Students even got to meet a patient early in the week, before preparing for their Grand Round presentations on Friday – always a highlight of the event. This year saw students performing songs and sketches about the patient’s experiences.
The Grand Round culminated in an inspirational talk from a great supporter of Target Medicine, Ihuoma Wamuo, Consultant Rheumatologist at the Whittington Hospital, before the handing out of certificates and prizes.
We also heard from this year’s Summer School Lead, Jess Bilaney, about the significance of this year and her thoughts on the week,
“It has been a privilege to watch all the students develop over the week from not even knowing each other on day one to organising a group presentation for the grand round on the last day utilising all the skills we have taught them.”
Target Medicine aims to help students reach their full potential and fulfil aspirations to study medicine at university. Throughout the week, the 50 attendees developed skills that have built confidence and expertise.
Academic Lead and co-founder of Target Medicine Jayne Kavanagh says,
“For us, it’s just the start as we encourage these students to join our next initiative, the Target Medicine mentoring scheme to see them through their UCAS application and interviews. We look forward to seeing them there, and then who knows, one day they may come back to the scheme as qualified doctors!”
To find out more about Target Medicine please visit our website: www.ucl.ac.uk/target-medicine
The team at Target Medicine would like to thank all those who were involved in this year’s summer school for their hard work and commitment to this project.