GET INTO MEDICINE Summer School
Welcome to the Summer School Family! The Get into Medicine Summer School is taught by our Chief Mentors (qualified doctors with years of admissions experience) and our Scholars (exceptional medical students from all over the UK). Our UCAS-focussed summer school is unlike any other because the programme extends far beyond the 5 day residential course. There is a huge amount of mentoring and support before and after the Summer School to help boost your confidence, knowledge and interview preparation. The Get into Medicine Summer School has the highest success rate compared with any other course. How? We will let our students explain below.
Students attended in 2019
students obtained at least 1 medical school offer this year
students received more than 1 medical school offer
% Success rate for the Summer School Class of 2019
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through comprehensive application and pastoral support that provides relief to families and makes this process more enjoyable. Please note that the interview videos on this page are from the Virtual Medical Society Meetings and conducted live at the time of recording with real Medic Mentor applying students and Mentors.
COVID-19 Notice: Summer Schools are still running in person this year. Medical Schools still expect students to sit the entrance exams and submit applications on the usual October 15th UCAS deadline. We will be implementing social distancing measures throughout the week. We know how important the support is to students, especially this year with school closures and all of the uncertainty, therefore, we will take as many precautions as needed to ensure that it is run safely and effectively.
What is the Get into Medicine Summer School?
The Medic Mentor Summer Schools is the UK’s largest medical summer school programme with 700 students preparing to attend this summer in 2021. It is a 5-day residential programme at the University of Stirling (in Scotland) and University of East London (UEL). Over the past 5 years it has consistently had a success rate of getting over 80% of students into medical school. In 2019, we achieved a 90% success rate amongst students. This is because we take steps to improve and add to the programme each year, and 2020 is no exception! Our 2020 cohort are doing very well and still in the process of receiving offers. Students also benefit from unlimited follow-up support throughout year 13/S6. In fact, our Mentors provide at least 100 teaching hours per student across the year, which makes this summer school, the most supportive programme available and incredible value for money too.
Dates and Locations
University of East London, Dochlands Campus, University Way, Royal Docks, London E16 2RD.
University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA
Accommodation and Safeguarding
Students will be given same-sex individual en-suite accommodation. Mentors will be supervising 24/7 and in addition there will be 2 Safeguarding Officers on site throughout the week. We take safety very seriously and you can review our Safguarding Policy here
For 2021 (for current year 12 and S5):
29th June – 3rd July Scotland (2 spaces)
27th July – 31st July London (FULL)
3rd – 7th August London (FULL)
and 10th – 14th August London (FULL)
For 2022 (for current year 11 and S4):
28th June – 2nd July Scotland (5 spaces)
26th – 30th July London (5 spaces)
2nd – 6th August London (8 spaces)
and 9th – 13th August London (12 spaces)
For 2023 (for current year 10 and S3):
27th June – 1st July Scotland
25th July – 29th July London
1st – 5th August London
8th August – 12th August London
Over the past 5 years we have consistently had over 80% of Summer School students obtain at least 1 medical school offer. The majority of attendees are multiple offer holders. This year’s class have smashed our record with a 90% success rate. Students from 2019 have written about their experiences here.
Medic Mentor have been successfully preparing students since 2016.
What if I don't get in?
The reason why students don’t get it in is usually because of the grades, which is sadly, not something that we can prepare you for. However, our Chief Mentors are experienced in helping students with lower grades obtain either medical school offers or alternative routes into Medicine. Some students choose to take a gap year, resit and then successfully re-apply. Medic Mentor will continue to mentor you until you get into medical school, even if it takes an extra year. Zalva is a student from the most recent class of Summer School. She obtained 3As and 2Bs at Highers (the equivalent of ABB in the English System), when ordinarily students think that they need 5 As (Scottish System) or 3As at A-level. In the live interview below, she shares her experiences with Medic Mentor’s Virtual Medical Society Students:
How much does it cost?
Most Summer Schools cost in the region of £3000-£5000. These are summer schools that are either run by medical schools themselves or private companies. Thier prices only cover the cost of attending the course itself, whereas the Medic Mentor Summer School also offers teaching and mentoring support throughout Year 13 and S6. The Medic Mentor Summer Schools cost £2750, which is still a considerable investment, but not a lot for what students get for their money. This includes all of your food and accommodation for 5 days, 2 face-to-face mock interview days in Nov and December after the summer school, skype interview practice before and after each interview, unlimited personal statement revisions, question banks for UCAT & BMAT and all of the Medic Mentor e-learning courses. The actual per hour teaching rate works out at around £5/hour from Doctors and medical students (once all admin and running costs have been removed). This is only achieved by our doctors working on a voluntary basis to help students.
There are also 0% interest no credit check options to spread the cost of the summer school for up to 2 years which makes it more accessible to the majority of medical school applicants. You can register and secure your place now with a £250 deposit and even spread the cost for up to a year after the summer school.
Students from low-income backgrounds:
We will be offering 30 free summer school places for low-income students from 2021. Applications will open in September and close on the 31st December.
To see all of our registration options and current availability, please click here and select the appropriate year. Please remember that the Summer School is only for students in year 12 or new S6s, but you can register 1 or 2 years in advance, if you wish to ensure that your place is secure.
Keertana Anne, attended the Summer School and is now a 3rd year medical student. In this live interview, the mentors discuss whether it is worth the cost:
Medical Wider-Reading & Current Affairs
Students spend an entire day learning about current affairs, the principles of biomedical ethics, landmark discoveries and figures in the history of medicine and surgery, research principles, NHS structure and important medical organisations such as the GMC, NICE DoH etc. This is covered through didactic teaching and small group interactive scenarios on the Monday of Summer School.
We provide support with personal statements using a personalised tutoring process, where students write their own personal statements with the assistance of Mentors. This keeps your personal statment individual and personal to you, whilst making it one less thing to worry about. Mentors can advise on what to include by selecting the most medically relevant experiences to include and they can provide feedback on several drafts until your statement is completed to a very high standard. They will not write the personal statement for you, but they will save you a considerable amount of time. It usually takes about 4 weeks for a student to write the personal statement independently, whereas at the summer school you will be able to complete this in 2 days. This approach is in keeping with the Medical Schools’ Council guidance on personal statements (watch their video) and is included on Thursday and Friday of the Summer School teaching programme. If you need to make tweaks following the summer school, your mentor will be happy to work through an unlimited number of revisions until it is a personal statement that is unique to you and also meets the requirements of all of the medical schools that you are applying to. It’s just one less thing to worry about!
Koby and Laura attended the summer school in 2019 and have each obtained 4 medical school offers. Koby is a 1st year at Cambridge and Laura is a 1st year at Oxford. They discuss the importance of personal statements and the impact that summer school has had on the success of their applications.
UCAT & BMAT Preparation
The UCAT and BMAT are 2 completely different entrance exams. Students applying to medical school will have to sit at least one (usually the UCAT) or both depending on which medical schools they choose to apply to.
We provide 4 weeks of virtual UCAT and BMAT teaching throughout the summer. All summer school students meet fo 1 hour each day with our UCAT and BMAT Scholars (these are successful medical students who scored highly with us the previous year) and they go through difficult questions and provide tips. Meeting every day helps all of our students to stay motivated during their summer revision. This has proven to be a highly effective UCAT and BMAT study group, with many students obtaining top scores.
We also record all of our sessions and provide UCAT and BMAT e-learning courses prior to the summer school programme.
In addition to this, Summer School students are given access to UCAT and BMAT question banks. We select the best question banks from a huge selection of banks each year. The central committee undertake a review in May, which includes feedback from previous summer school students. This ensures that students have the best resources and teaching to prepare them for the entrance exams.
Read our UCAT blog that has been written by 1st year medical student, Rebecca Glendell who attended the summer school in 2018, received 4 medical school offers and scored in the top 1% of the UCAT in the UK.
On Saturday morning students will undertake formal mock MMI (multiple mini-interviews) and panel interviews with Mentors (doctors). In the run up to Saturday morning, students will have interview preparation every evening throughout the week in a more informal and fun way. We will introduce them to advanced communication skills and ask them to complete fun interview stations at the start of the week. Students will learn interview theory as well as effective delivery via multiple interview simulations. Summer School students will have been interviewed at least 10 times throughout the week and they will be given verbal and written feeback with mark schemes to take home. It is a lot more fun that it sounds and helps to desensitise students to the nerves that are associated with medical school interviews. In November and December, students will be invited to further mock interview days in London/Birmingham/Stirling for additional refreshers during interview season (November-March). In addition, they will be given skype interview practice with the Chief Mentors before every medical school interview that they attend.
Find out what last year’s students thought about the interview preparation that they received:
Choosing Your Medical Schools
Choosing 4 medical schools out of 42 is a significant and time consuming challenge. Your selection plays an important role in obtaining your offers. Medical Schools differ in their entry requirements, competition ratios, weightings for various parts of the application (e.g. UCAT/interview etc) and teaching style. Selecting your universities carefully will give you a distinct advantage in terms of obtaining offers.
The Chief Mentors will conduct a UCAS consultation conference prior to the summer school. We invite parents to attend this too. Together, we will equip you with all of the information that you need to tactically make the best university choices and maximise your chances of obtaining offers.
The medical school UCAS reference is also a very important component of your application. It is also a little different to the sort of reference that your teachers would write for other courses. Your summer school mentor will write a detailed medical school reference which is checked by our Chief Mentors and then forwarded to your school teachers, in support of your application. These references have always been well received in the past and saves your teachers a considerable amount of time too.
Medical School Scholarships
Medic Mentor run the largest scholarship programme for medical students in the UK. This year we have 70 scholarships available for students starting in September 2020 and our Chief Mentors have fast-tracked 50 students, 48 of which are summer school students. This means that they are interviewed first for the scholarships and the reamaining scholarships are awarded to students who have completed the Medical Gold Award (and passed their interview). The scholarships are merit-based and awarded to the most talented and hard working students. They are worth up to £12,000 across a 6 year medical degree. Therefore, attending the Summer School does not guarantee a scholarship, but it does prepare you well. We want to reward the best medical school applicants and naturally, Summer School students are the most prepared, committed and hard working.