VIRTUAL MEDICAL SOCIETY
We aim to mentor students continuously throughout their application journey and help them to keep focussed. Medic Mentor will be co-ordinating the structured Virtual Medical Society, to support students with their insight into medicine and applications to medical school. The Medical Society will have the added bonus of having guest speakers and teaching from the mentors (the Education Directorate and Regional Mentors) and medical student scholars.
Meeting a Week every Tuesday
student members so far
schools in the medic mentor network
doctors, vets and dentists mentoring across the uk
We TEACH Students HOW TO Become Good Doctors
by giving them access to a suite of resources and opportunities to reach their goals!
Where did the idea of a Virtual Medical Society come from?
During the course of the lockdown campaign our Medic Mentor secondary school students came up with the idea to set up the Virtual Medical Society. This is something that the students can do to keep in touch with each other now that schools have closed. It also enables students to network with like-minded students outside of school, and even with some of our international students!
How will the Virtual Medical Society meet?
We will be creating a series of blogs covering wider-reading and application information, to be discussed during virtual weekly meetings, which will take place on Tuesdays from 7-8pm (this appears to be the best time that students and mentors are free).
We will be using Microsft Teams as a virtual platform (similar to what a lot of students are currently using for their online school lessons), and videos will be switched off for everyone except the presenters.
The meetings will be recorded and posted on a password protected page for members to watch back later. There is an interactive chat function and doctors, vets and dentists are on hand to answer questions between 7-8pm every Tuesday so it would always be more beneficial to be present for the meetings, wherever possible.
You must complete the form below to become a member.
Who runs the society?
The Virtual Medical Society is run by a student committee made up of secondary students. They were awarded committee positions through a highly competitive national application process (150 applications for 15 positions). The student committee design the programme, direct the focus of topics to be discussed at each meeting and run the meetings themselves. They are supported by Dr Siva, Chief Mentor for Schools, and have links to the wider network of Mentors (doctors, vets and dentists) and the Scholars (medical, dental and university students) to provide teaching and content support for the VMS programme, when required.
This ensures that the programme is led by students and what they want to learn, and supported by the Mentors at Medic Mentor to achieve their learning objectives.
What are the benefits of joining?
Firstly, this is a free resource and you can join by simply completing the online forms below.
The benefits of joining are far reaching, and in a lot of cases, the impact of certain things cannot be quanitified. For example, being a member of this amazing student-network has enabled friendships to form, ideas to flow and aspiriation and confidence to grow. This is all a result of being linked to like-minded students who are in a similar position and with the support of our experienced and encouraging mentors.
It provides students with an ongoing level of support and a safe environment to ask questions, share useful recourses as they journey through the UCAS application process. In addition, we ensure that students are well informed of the latest opportunities to debate, lead, present, work on projects, volunteer and apply for a range of national positions. Students will be guided through a series of blogs that cover several aspects such as education, application advice, research and wellbeing.
How do I join the Virtual Medical Society?
You must complete the online member registration form below.
You will then receive an email with the Virtual Medical Society password to access meetings every Tuesday.
How do I apply for the committee?
The VMS committee changes every term, this is to give as many people as possible a chance to hold a leadership position.
You can apply at any time.
Remeber to make yourself stand out, think carefully when applying, reflect upon your reasons for wanting to become a committee member.
The next Student Committee will be selected in May 2021.
Medsoc SLACK Chat Groups
Joining the SLACK group is entirely optional but a lot of our students have found it very helpful to stay in contact with one another. If you would like to join, please read the information below carefully and complete the online form below. There will be a safeguarding officer and a Chief Mentor (qualified Doctor) monitoring the SLACK Group. It is a great way to share useful links to resources and have discussions about the application process, current affairs and wider-reading. All students must adhere to the code-of-conduct and keep messages highly relevant to the Medsoc.
This consent form has been designed to gain informed consent for photographs, and social media contact groups, completing this form is your consent to use photographs at Medic Mentor events for social media and website use, and consent for you to be included in group WhatsApp messenging.
Under GDPR regulations, Medic Mentor need your consent for any images taken of you at Medic Mentor events to be used on social media and the Medic Mentor website. Photographs are classed as personal data under GDPR.
In addition, SLACK Group Chat requires Medic Mentor to use personal contact details to add students to the contact groups. Medic Mentor will monitor the content of the group messages, and under our safeguarding policy, participants posting inappropriate messages will be removed from the messaging group. Whilst every effort will be made to monitor the messages, Medic Mentor cannot be held responsible for any chats outside of the group. Prior to giving consent, please ensure you understand that as part of the group, your mobile contact details will be visible to all participants and we are unable to prevent private messages between the Medic Mentor Community. As part of our robust safeguarding procedure, if any student is uncomfortable receiving private messages, this can be reported to the Medic Mentor team to investigate (if necessary).
We encourage our community of students to become a supportive peer group and you are welcome to message each other privately if you prefer, but please keep messages professional and relevant in the group chats.
Medic Mentor take safeguarding very seriously and all of our Mentors (qualified doctors, vets and dentists) and Scholars (medical, dental and veterinary university students) hold enhanced DBS checks and follow our safeguarding procedures. You can find details of this at the following link: Safeguarding Policy and Procedures