MEDICINE

Medicine Summer School in Cambridge

MEDICINE

Academic insights for 16-18 year olds

Programme Overview:

  • Programme: Medicine university insights
  • Price: £4,495
  • Course Length: 2 weeks
  • Course Type: Residential
  • Locations: Cambridge, UK
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Summary

cambridge university medicine summer school

Choosing to study medicine is a big decision. It will require long hours, years of study, and unwavering dedication. The Immerse Medicine summer programme is a unique 2-week course designed to prepare students for the challenges and expectations of undergraduate study.

Throughout the programme, students will be encouraged to think critically, defend their ideas, and work collaboratively to solve complex medical problems. Class sizes are kept small, allowing participants a chance to interact easily with instructors and their peers as they study a broad range of topics, covering everything from the basics of human anatomy to the latest developments in experimental medicine.

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However, the goal of this course is not simply to give potential medical students an intellectual ‘leg up’ before their first year. The programme is also geared towards A-level or IB students who want to know if a career in medicine is right for them. As such, the course places a strong emphasis on nurturing independent thinking and constructive debate. By the end of the two weeks, students will have both an in-depth introduction to first-year medical topics, as well as a firm understanding of the challenges that come with being an undergraduate medical student.

Immerse is an award-winning programme for the intellectually curious

Summary

Choosing to study medicine is a big decision. It will require long hours, years of study, and unwavering dedication. The Immerse Medicine summer programme is a unique 2-week course designed to prepare students for the challenges and expectations of undergraduate study.

Throughout the programme, students will be encouraged to think critically, defend their ideas, and work collaboratively to solve complex medical problems. Class sizes are kept small, allowing participants a chance to interact easily with instructors and their peers as they study a broad range of topics, covering everything from the basics of human anatomy to the latest developments in experimental medicine.

However, the goal of this course is not simply to give potential medical students an intellectual ‘leg up’ before their first year. The programme is also geared towards A-level or IB students who want to know if a career in medicine is right for them. As such, the course places a strong emphasis on nurturing independent thinking and constructive debate. By the end of the two weeks, students will have both an in-depth introduction to first-year medical topics, as well as a firm understanding of the challenges that come with being an undergraduate medical student.

Immerse is an award-winning programme for the intellectually curious

Key Facts

Prepare for the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) and the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)

Programme material uses
real case studies from real patients

Discover advanced topics like pharmacokinetics, epigenetics, and optogenetics

Build a solid foundation of medical knowledge before your undergraduate year

Get hands-on experience
administering care in a simulated medical emergency

Extract and isolate DNA, dissect a cell signaling cascade, and perform a cranial nerve examination

Topics Covered

In the UK, there are few, if any, available summer courses that match Immerse’s broad, multidisciplinary Medicine programme. From day one, you will be introduced to important medical content designed to take you beyond the fundamentals you’ve learned in IB or A-Level Biology. What’s more, all of your instructors come from an academic background, with each currently teaching undergraduate students at some of the world’s leading universities.

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In terms of content, you’ll start with a thorough introduction to physiology and anatomy, eventually progressing through a variety of fundamental medical content including topics such as epigenetics, functional genomics, neuroscience, and neuropsychology. As the theory behind each topic is learned, you’ll then be encouraged to roll up your sleeves and take part in a series of hands-on exercises that reinforce course material. Finally, by the end of the course, you’ll prepare a short presentation to be given at a mock science conference of your peers. In doing so, you’ll get a better understanding of how medicine fits into the overall scientific community, as well your own (important) role in it as a medical practitioner.

During the programme, you’ll build a strong foundation of medical knowledge by studying topics such as:

  • Functional Genomics
  • Epigenetics
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Neuropsychology
  • Pharmacology
  • Epidemiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Clinical Interpretation

Topics Covered

In the UK, there are few, if any, available summer courses that match Immerse’s broad, multidisciplinary Medicine programme. From day one, you will be introduced to important medical content designed to take you beyond the fundamentals you’ve learned in IB or A-Level Biology. What’s more, all of your instructors come from an academic background, with each currently teaching undergraduate students at some of the world’s leading universities.

In terms of content, you’ll start with a thorough introduction to physiology and anatomy, eventually progressing through a variety of fundamental medical content including topics such as epigenetics, functional genomics, neuroscience, and neuropsychology. As the theory behind each topic is learned, you’ll then be encouraged to roll up your sleeves and take part in a series of hands-on exercises that reinforce course material. Finally, by the end of the course, you’ll prepare a short presentation to be given at a mock science conference of your peers. In doing so, you’ll get a better understanding of how medicine fits into the overall scientific community, as well your own (important) role in it as a medical practitioner.

During the programme, you’ll build a strong foundation of medical knowledge by studying topics such as:

  • Functional Genomics
  • Epigenetics
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Neuropsychology
  • Pharmacology
  • Epidemiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Clinical Interpretation

The Immerse programme covers a unique mix of important
theory and practical knowledge. Learn more about the topics covered in this
course by requesting a free course syllabus

Course Outcomes

Unfortunately, medicine can’t be studied at high school. Outside of basic biology and chemistry, almost all of the material covered in an undergraduate medical program will be entirely new to most students. This can feel challenging, especially at the beginning of the school year or during the initial application process. Which is why, in this course, students will be introduced to new material that will prove essential in their first few weeks of undergraduate study (and beyond).

Furthermore, great lengths have been taken while designing this course to ensure that students walk away with more than just theoretical medical knowledge. At Immerse, we ensure that all participants complete the course with both a fundamental understanding of common undergraduate medical material, as well as practical knowledge about life as first-year student, the requirements of BMAT and UKCAT aptitude tests, and other key skills required for anyone interested in studying medicine at university.

In other words, this course helps prepare students for the entire experience of undergraduate life, not just the new material they’ll likely encounter. The foundation they build here will drive their success in the challenging years to come.

By the end of this programme students will:

  • Learn how to accurately interpret evidence and understand scientific papers.
  • Be able to assess the implications of common blood test results.
  • Be introduced to and tested on the ABCDEFG approach of rapid patient assessment.
  • Discover how the body uses a complex, interconnected system to maintain a state of homeostasis.
  • Gain an understanding of ELISA, a technique used in medicine to detect disease
  • Participate in a short interview designed to assess how they understand and apply new knowledge.
  • Learn about the critical role that discussion plays in the scientific community
  • Prepare for the material and format encompassed by the BMAT and UKCAT aptitude tests.

Every participant who takes part in this course will receive tailored feedback from their tutor about their performance, the material covered, and even a list of individualised suggestions for further study.

Course Outcomes

Unfortunately, medicine can’t be studied at high school. Outside of basic biology and chemistry, almost all of the material covered in an undergraduate medical program will be entirely new to most students. This can feel challenging, especially at the beginning of the school year or during the initial application process. Which is why, in this course, students will be introduced to new material that will prove essential in their first few weeks of undergraduate study (and beyond).

Furthermore, great lengths have been taken while designing this course to ensure that students walk away with more than just theoretical medical knowledge. At Immerse, we ensure that all participants complete the course with both a fundamental understanding of common undergraduate medical material, as well as practical knowledge about life as first-year student, the requirements of BMAT and UKCAT aptitude tests, and other key skills required for anyone interested in studying medicine at university.

In other words, this course helps prepare students for the entire experience of undergraduate life, not just the new material they’ll likely encounter. The foundation they build here will drive their success in the challenging years to come.

By the end of this programme students will:

  • Learn how to accurately interpret evidence and understand scientific papers.
  • Be able to assess the implications of common blood test results.
  • Be introduced to and tested on the ABCDEFG approach of rapid patient assessment.
  • Discover how the body uses a complex, interconnected system to maintain a state of homeostasis.
  • Gain an understanding of ELISA, a technique used in medicine to detect disease
  • Participate in a short interview designed to assess how they understand and apply new knowledge.
  • Learn about the critical role that discussion plays in the scientific community
  • Prepare for the material and format encompassed by the BMAT and UKCAT aptitude tests.

Every participant who takes part in this course will receive tailored feedback from their tutor about their performance, the material covered, and even a list of individualized suggestions for further study.

Timetable

The Immerse summer programme schedule is packed with a wide range of unique academic and extracurricular activities.

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Participants start off the day with breakfast in the main college dining hall, with a variety of continental and hot breakfast choices available. This is followed by the first academic session of the day, which takes place in a seminar or lecture format. Participants are then guided to lunch at some of Cambridge’s finest sandwich bars and cafés, and are welcome to explore the city in small groups. Following lunch, academic sessions continue in the format of small tutorial groups or workshops. After all the core academic sessions are finished, students are treated to one of a wide range of excursions and cultural activities, including punting, museum visits and sports activities. A three course dinner in the college dining hall is then followed by an evening social event to help participants wind down and socialise after a packed day.

The timetable shown to the side offers an insight into the typical daily schedule, although this may vary depending on the events planned on the given day.

Timetable

The timetable shown below offers an insight into the typical daily schedule, although this may vary depending on the events planned on the given day.

A typical day

 
 
08:00 - 09:30
Breakfast
09:30 - 11:30
Morning academic session
11:30 - 13:30
Lunch
13:30 - 15:30
Afternoon academic session
16:00 - 18:00
Academic workshop / Afternoon activity
18:00 - 19:15
Dinner
19:30 - 22:00
Evening social event

Graduation & Participant Assessment

The final evening of the programme celebrates the achievements of each participant in a graduation ceremony that's followed by a Gala Dinner. Throughout the Cambridge summer programme, our Immerse tutors will monitor student engagement with the topics that they have been taught. Once the programme has finished, the tutor will write a Participant Assessment...MORE

...that will evaluate how the participant responded to the materials they were introduced to, what progress they made during the sessions, and offer recommendations on how to most effectively advance participant's understanding and interest in the topics that have been explored.

We strongly believe that our Participant Assessments are crucial element of the learning process, and reflective of our commitment to the highest standards of education. 

Graduation & Participant Assessment

The final evening of the programme celebrates the achievements of each participant in a graduation ceremony that's followed by a Gala Dinner. 

Throughout the Cambridge summer programme, our Immerse tutors will monitor student engagement with the topics that they have been taught. Once the programme has finished, the tutor will write a Participant Assessment that will evaluate how the participant responded to the materials they were introduced to, what progress they made during the sessions, and offer recommendations on how to most effectively advance participant's understanding and interest in the topics that have been explored.

We strongly believe that our Participant Assessments are crucial element of the learning process, and reflective of our commitment to the highest standards of education. 

Request Further Information


Ready to enrol?

The Medicine Summer School is available on the following dates:

7th – 20th July 2019

28th July – 10th August 2019

11th – 24th August 2019

The Medicine Programme takes place in the following locations

Christ's College
University of Cambridge

Originally formed as 'God's House', Christ's College was home to leading academics such as Charles Darwin.

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Founded in 1828

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

Sidney Sussex College
University of Cambridge

The site of much religious conflict during the English Reformation, Sidney Sussex has produced 5 Nobel Prize winners.

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Founded in 1596

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

Queens' College
University of Cambridge

Queens' spans both sides of the River Cam and is connected by the famous mathematical bridge.

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Founded in 1448

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

St. Catharine's College
University of Cambridge

Once a small college called 'Saynt Kateryns Hall of Cambridge', St Catherine's is also known as 'Catz'.

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Founded in 1473

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

Fitzwilliam College
University of Cambridge

Fitzwilliam has existed since 1869 was only recognised as a college from 1966. It counts 11 Olympians among its alumni.

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Founded in 1966

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

Murray Edwards College
University of Cambridge

Murray Edwards is one of three women only colleges in Cambridge, set in 14 acres of award winning gardens.

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Founded in 1965

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

Colleges are allocated according to session preference and availability. To find out more, please email enquiries@immerse.education

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