Medic Mentor magazine

National Essay Competition

What are the biggest challenges that secondary school students face, when transitioning into medical, dental or veterinary medicine students?

Essay Competition Details

Your essay must aim to answer the question ‘What are the biggest challenges that secondary school students face when transitioning into medical, dental or veterinary medicine students?’ Your maximum word count is 2500 words, including the title and subheadings.

You must include references if you have made use of them, although this will not be included in the word count. Essays will be marked down if the word count is exceeded. Please structure your essay and make use of paragraphs where appropriate. We are looking for essays that have a unique message and insight into the title.

The use of personal experiences and your own thoughts are encouraged. Please use Calibri font and size 12 for the main body of the text. Headings can use a larger sized font at your discretion.

Students from any year or background are eligible to apply, provided that you have an interest in pursuing a medical, dental or veterinary career. The deadline is 5pm on the 30th April. Submissions after this deadline will not be accepted. Please email your submissions to


The winner of the National Essay Competition will have their essay featured in the next issue of the Mentor Magazine. You will receive a certificate in the post and a £25 Amazon Voucher. You will also be invited to receive your award, alongside Medic Mentor scholarship holders, school ambassadors, and presentation prize winners, at the Medic Mentor Award’s Evening on the 1st of December.


What is the Medic Mentor Magazine?

Medic Mentor magazine is a national publication aimed at informing and enlightening prospective medical students and their university counterparts. Released quarterly, each edition of the Medic Mentor magazine is composed of articles and artwork designed to achieve this. It is an electronic Magazine that is released quarterly and sent to over 6000 subscribers including applying students and schools.


What are the aims of the Magazine?

To prepare students for their healthcare degrees and contribute to their ongoing studies.
To challenge readers’ opinions and enable them to question the information pertaining to healthcare that they may face in the wider media.
To develop worthwhile pursuits in the healthcare professionals of the future; we are all going to have to work together for a very long time, so let’s try and be interesting!

What does each issue contain?

Interesting and accessible medical sciences
Current affairs
Interviews relevant to medical careers
Opinion pieces
What’s going on in Medic Mentor and how to get involved
Tips and advice on getting into medical school
As well as medically-themed puzzles and artwork.


How can I subscribe to the Mentor Magazine?

Becoming a Medic Mentor Member gives you exclusive access to the Mentor Magazine. This is the only magazine available for aspiring healthcare students in the UK. It is a great way for students to stay in the loop about competitions, open days, current affairs and significant discoveries (written and pitched at your level), opinion pieces, interviews, application advice and much more. It is also a great opportunity for students to research and publish their own articles. The Mentor Magazine is a quarterly publication and can be cancelled at any time. Your membership also includes access to a free monthly school societies bulletin, which contains interactive exercises such as a PBL case, current affairs debate, mock interview scenarios and critical analysis of a journal article. It is accompanied by a monthly webinar to go through the cases and clear any doubts that you might have, as well as provide answers to the activities.