Medical Awards Programme

Welcome to the Medical Awards Family! The Medical Awards Programme has been produced and taught by qualified Doctors, Vets and Dentists. It recognises your achievements with a Medical Award, unlocks valuable opportunities and helps you to work smart.  The Awards guide you through the vague ‘non-academic’ admissions criteria for medical schools in a systematic way. The Medical Awards Programme is based on a mentoring process that is fun, enjoyable and takes some pressure and anxiety away from applying.  

There are three levels of Award: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Students who achieve the Medic Mentor Gold Award (and obtain 1 medical school offer) are automatically guaranteed an interview for the opportunity to obtain a £12,000 scholarship for university.  The Awards Mentors provide guidance on how to form a competitive CV that is well supported with evidence, alongside invaluable pastoral support to ensure that students maintain their wellbeing on this challenging journey.

 

 

Scholarship Positions Available

medical schools ELEGIBLE

Pounds Per Scholar each year

Pounds per scholar across 6 years of medical school

“I truly believe that without the existence of the organisation, I would not be a medical student. Medic Mentor is an organisation which has one focus, its students.” 

Adam Borland, 3rd Year Medical Student at the University of St Andrews

How it works at a glance...

For each level of Award (Bronze, Silver or Gold), there are essential criteria that must be fulfilled in order to attain that level of the award. The awards criteria match the often vaguely outlined ‘non-academic requirements’ that medical school admissions expect medical applicants to complete.

Medic Mentor provides a selection of Approved Activities to assist your completion of the Awards criteria – aka the ‘non-academic requirements’ of each medical school.  Approved Activities are a gold standard of quality in terms of maximising the student’s learning outcomes and skills development.  However, it is not an exhaustive list and you can use opportunities outside of the Approved Activity recommendations.  Your Awards Mentor will be able to guide you on whether the activities you have chosen to complete will fulfil the Awards criteria. They are there to give you advice and pastoral support on your journey. This approach ensures that you are meeting the standard that medical schools expect, in a sustainable way that avoids student ‘burn-out’. 

It is never too late to join the Awards Programme, because it is both cumulative and retrospective.  This means that any activities that you have completed from year 10 or S3 onwards can be used (provided that you can supply evidence in the form of a certificate, reflection or reference).  It also means that you can start at any level but we recommend that year 10/S3 start at Bronze, year 11/S4 start at Silver and year 12/13 or S5/S6 go straight in at Gold.  As you complete the criteria for Gold, you will automatically acquire your Bronze and Silver Awards too, because the criteria are cumulative.

It takes 2 weeks from registering on the website to allocate you an Awards Mentor and Supervisor.  Therefore, we recommend that you register as early as possible to give you plenty of time to complete the criteria, gain access to your Mentor and prepare for medical school. Click here to get started!

What are the benefits of the Awards Programme?

You will gain personal access to a Mentor (Doctor), to support you throughout the Awards Programme. The mentors are on hand to answer questions via email, phone or zoom meetings.  You have access to as many appointments and email exchanges as you wish with your mentor for free, once you have paid for the initial admin set up fee of £50 (which covers you for all three awards). Simply put, for £50 you could have access to a Doctor, Dentist or Vet for up to 3 years, and have a chance at being awarded a scholarship worth up to £12,000 to study at university.

The criteria for each level, provides you with a curriculum of activities that you should be focussing on to streamline your CV for your medical school application.  This curriculum demystifies the ‘essential non-academic criteria’ that are set by the Medical Schools Council, which is often overlooked by applicants. It also provides easy access to Approved Activities that can help you to acheive these ‘non-academic requirements’.

In summary, every medical school applicant should be enrolled onto the Medical Awards Programme because:

1. It clarifies the ‘essential non-academic entry requirements’ set by medical schools.

2. It gives you (and your parents) access to a Mentor for guidance and pastoral support.

3. It makes the process more fun and enjoyable.

4. It encourages you to keep track of all of your evidence, to make it easier to submit to medical schools when they ask for it.

5. Gives you marked, structured feedback on your ability to reflect using the Gibbs Reflective Cycle from the Awards Supervisors.  This is something that mainly medical professionals are trained in and you will be expected to demonstrate reflection in your personal statements and interviews.

6. Gives you a chance to be considered for the only national medical scholarship programme that secondary school students can apply for.

7. A chance to become an official member of the Medic Mentor Family!

Time Frame

There is no set time in which to complete the award and it depends on how proactive the student is.  Some students will find that they have already completed some criteria and are able to finish an award quickly.  Others may be at the beginning and choose to pace themselves and take their time.  Ultimately, the Awards Programme has been designed to work alongside your school work and covers activities that you should (and will) be doing anyway for your application to medical school.

Medical Awards Criteria

The criteria below are in line with the ‘non-academic entry criteria’ (everything besides your grades) that Medical Schools are looking for in exceptional candidates. As you can see, the Awards are cumulative so students can start at any level. For example, a year 12 or S5 student starting at Gold will automatically get their Bronze and Silver Awards too.  Approved Activities have been listed beneath each criterion and hyperlinked to the relevant webpages for more details.  Please note that Approved Activities are not mandatory, but they are a gold standard in terms of quality and learning objectives to ensure that you are getting the best experiences and preparation for your medical school application.

 

Awards Criteria Bronze Silver Gold

Application Knowledge and commitment to career:

Get into Medicine Conference

Attend a 1-day medical UCAS lecture/conference Attend a 1 day medical UCAS lecture/conference + 1 additional medical lecture Attend a 1 day medical UCAS lecture/conference + 2 additional medical lectures

Insight into Profession:

Speak to Mentors

Speak to 2 doctors Speak to 2 doctors + 1 additional member of the healthcare multidisciplinary team e.g. nurse, HCA, physiotherapist Speak to 3 doctors + 1 additional member of the healthcare multidisciplinary team e.g. nurse, HCA, physiotherapist

Lifelong Learning:

Study Guides

Complete 3 study guides/1 medical e-learning course Complete 6 study guides/2 medical e-learning courses Complete 9 study guides/3 medical e-learning courses

Medical Societies:

Virtual Medical Society

Join a medical society Participate in 1 medsoc activity e.g. PBL discussion, debate, deliver a presentation, fundraise, research or join the committee. Participate in 3 medsoc activities e.g. PBL discussion, debate, deliver a presentation, fundraise, research or join the committee.

Wider-reading:

Mentor Magazine (2 hours per issue)

Medic Mentor Books (4 hours per book)

Reading List of suggestions

Complete 5 hours of medical wider-reading Complete 10 hours of medical wider-reading Complete 20 hours of medical wider-reading
Extra-curricular Activities 3 months of an extra-curricular activity 6 months of an extra-curricular activity 12 months of an extra-curricular activity

Reflection:

Use Reflective Proforma in your Awards Members’ Area

Write 1 reflective essay on ‘why do you want to be a doctor’. Write 3 reflective essays on ‘why do you want to be a doctor’, ‘the importance of leadership’ and ‘the importance of teamwork’. Write 6 reflective essays on ‘why do you want to be a doctor’, ‘the importance of leadership’, ‘the importance of teamwork’, ‘the importance of communication’, ‘the importance of research’ and ‘the importance of medical ethics’.

Team-working:

Fundraising

Debating

You must supply evidence of an activity where you demonstrated excellent teamworking. You must supply evidence of an activity where you demonstrated excellent teamworking.

Research:

Medical Leadership Programme Teaching Days

Essay Competition

Publishing an Article for the Magazine

Attend a lecture or complete an online course on research principles. Attend a lecture or complete an online course on research principles and complete a research project.
Learn a new medically-relevant skill This could be a number of things such as first aid, for example. Learn 2 medically relevant skills, but one of these must also be related to manual dexterity.

Volunteering:

You must NOT pay for work or volunteering experiences

2 weeks of volunteering. 4 weeks of volunteering

Medical Leadership:

Medical Leadership Programme

Leading School Medsoc or VMS Committee

Provide one example of medical leadership.

Independence:

Medic Mentor Summer School

Attend a 5-day Residential course or 6 months of part-time employment.

Dental Awards Criteria

The criteria below are in line with the ‘non-academic entry criteria’ (everything besides your grades) that Dental Schools are looking for in exceptional candidates. As you can see, the Awards are cumulative so students can start at any level.  For example, if you are in year 12/S5 and you start at Gold, you will automatically get your Bronze and Silver Awards too.  Approved Activities have been listed beneath each criterion and hyperlinked to the relevant webpages for more details.  Please note that Approved Activities are not mandatory, but they are a gold standard in terms of quality and learning objectives to ensure that you are getting the best experiences and preparation for dental school.

 

Awards Criteria Bronze Silver Gold

Application Knowledge and commitment to career:

Get into Dentistry Conference

Attend a 1-day dental UCAS lecture/conference Attend a 1 day dental UCAS lecture/conference + 1 additional dental lecture Attend a 1 day dental UCAS lecture/conference + 2 additional dental lectures

Insight into Profession:

Speak to Mentors

Speak to 2 dentists Speak to 2 dentists + 1 additional member of the healthcare multidisciplinary team e.g. dental nurse or technician Speak to 3 dentists + 1 additional member of the healthcare multidisciplinary team e.g. dental nurse or technician

Lifelong Learning:

Study Guides

Complete 3 study guides/1 dental e-learning course Complete 6 study guides/2 dental e-learning courses Complete 9 study guides/3 dental e-learning courses

Medical Societies:

Virtual Medical Society

Join a medical society Participate in 1 medsoc activity e.g. PBL discussion, debate, deliver a presentation, fundraise, research or join the committee. Participate in 3 medsoc activities e.g. PBL discussion, debate, deliver a presentation, fundraise, research or join the committee.

Wider-reading:

Mentor Magazine (2 hours per issue)

Reading List of suggestions

Complete 5 hours of medical wider-reading Complete 10 hours of medical wider-reading Complete 20 hours of medical wider-reading
Extra-curricular Activities 3 months of an extra-curricular activity 6 months of an extra-curricular activity 12 months of an extra-curricular activity

Reflection:

Use Reflective Proforma in your Awards Members’ Area

Write 1 reflective essay on ‘why do you want to be a dentist’. Write 3 reflective essays on ‘why do you want to be a dentist’, ‘the importance of leadership’ and ‘the importance of teamwork’. Write 6 reflective essays on ‘why do you want to be a dentist’, ‘the importance of leadership’, ‘the importance of teamwork’, ‘the importance of communication’, ‘the importance of research’ and ‘the importance of medical ethics’.

Team-working:

Fundraising

Debating

You must supply evidence of an activity where you demonstrated excellent teamworking. You must supply evidence of an activity where you demonstrated excellent teamworking.

Research:

Medical Leadership Programme Teaching Days

Essay Competition

Publishing an Article for the Magazine

Attend a lecture or complete an online course on research principles. Attend a lecture or complete an online course on research principles and  complete a research project.
Learn a new medically-relevant skill This could be a number of things such as first aid, for example. Learn 2 medically relevant skills, but one of these must also be related to manual dexterity.

Volunteering:

You must NOT pay for work or volunteering experiences

2 weeks of volunteering. 4 weeks of volunteering

Medical Leadership:

Medical Leadership Programme

Leading School Medsoc or VMS Committee

Provide one example of medical leadership.

Independence:

Medic Mentor Summer School

Attend a 5-day Residential course or 6 months of part-time employment.

Veterinary Awards Criteria

The criteria below are in line with the ‘non-academic entry criteria’ (everything besides your grades) that Vet Schools are looking for in exceptional candidates. As you can see, the Awards are cumulative so students can start at any level.  For example, if you are in year 12/S5 and you start at Gold, you will automatically get your Bronze and Silver Awards too.  Approved Activities have been listed beneath each criterion and hyperlinked to the relevant webpages for more details.  Please note that Approved Activities are not mandatory, but they are a gold standard in terms of quality and learning objectives to ensure that you are getting the best experiences and preparation for vet school.

 

Awards Criteria Bronze Silver Gold

Application Knowledge and commitment to career:

Get into Veterinary Conference

Attend a 1-day veterinary UCAS lecture/conference Attend a 1 day veterinary UCAS lecture/conference + 1 additional vet lecture Attend a 1 day veterinary UCAS lecture/conference + 2 additional vet lectures

Insight into Profession:

Speak to Mentors

Speak to 2 vets 1 week of clinical work experience 2 weeks of clinical work experince

Lifelong Learning:

Study Guides

Complete 3 study guides/1 vet e-learning course Complete 6 study guides/2 vet e-learning courses Complete 9 study guides/3 vet e-learning courses

Medical Societies:

Virtual Medical Society

Join a medical society Participate in 1 medsoc activity e.g. PBL discussion, debate, deliver a presentation, fundraise, research or join the committee. Participate in 3 medsoc activities e.g. PBL discussion, debate, deliver a presentation, fundraise, research or join the committee.

Wider-reading:

Mentor Magazine (2 hours per issue)

Reading List of suggestions

Complete 5 hours of medical wider-reading Complete 10 hours of medical wider-reading Complete 20 hours of medical wider-reading
Extra-curricular Activities 3 months of an extra-curricular activity 6 months of an extra-curricular activity 12 months of an extra-curricular activity

Reflection:

Use Reflective Proforma in your Awards Members’ Area

Write 1 reflective essay on ‘why do you want to be a vet’. Write 3 reflective essays on ‘why do you want to be a vet’, ‘the importance of leadership’ and ‘the importance of teamwork’. Write 6 reflective essays on ‘why do you want to be a  vet’, ‘the importance of leadership’, ‘the importance of teamwork’, ‘the importance of communication’, ‘the importance of research’ and ‘the importance of medical ethics’.

Team-working:

Fundraising

Debating

You must supply evidence of an activity where you demonstrated excellent teamworking. You must supply evidence of an activity where you demonstrated excellent teamworking.

Research:

Medical Leadership Programme Teaching Days

Essay Competition

Publishing an Article for the Magazine

Attend a lecture or complete an online course on research principles. Attend a lecture or complete an online course on research principles & complete a research project.
Learn a new medically-relevant skill This could be a number of things such as first aid, for example. Learn 2 medically relevant skills, but one of these must also be related to manual dexterity.

Volunteering:

You must NOT pay for work or volunteering experiences

1 week of animal husbandry. 2 weeks of animal husbandry

Medical Leadership:

Medical Leadership Programme

Leading School Medsoc or VMS Committee

Provide one example of medical leadership.

Independence:

Medic Mentor Summer School

Attend a 5-day Residential course or 6 months of part-time employment.

What happens after you register?

Step 1. The Medic Mentor Admin team will allocate your Awards Mentor and Supervisors.  They will enrol you onto the Awards Register and send you an email with your Mentor’s contact details and access to the Awards Member Area. This process usually takes 2 weeks.

Step 2. Complete your Awards Starter Form online and the Parental Consent Form in your Members’ Area.

Step 3. Contact your Mentor via email and arrange to set up an initial consultation either via telephone/skype/zoom.  A parent must be present for this meeting.  Send your Mentor a copy of your CV (if you have one) in advance of the meeting.

Step 4. At your first meeting, your Mentor will introduce themselves, get to know you a little better and go through your CV.  They will be able to highlight criteria that you have already completed and suggest how to submit evidence for this.  They will also identify which criteria you are yet to complete and together you can come up with an action plan and timeline for completing your award.

Following on from this you can email your mentor at least once a month with an update and book further consultations with or without a parent (if your parents have given permission for this), in order to complete your award.

AWARDS MENTORS AND SUPERVISORS

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

AWARDS FAQs

AWARDS MEMBER AREA