Cambridge Medicine Summer School
For students interested in studying Medicine at university, it should come as no surprise that it is a challenging and long but greatly rewarding course with a plethora of career opportunities! Medicine at university requires dedication and hard work all the skills required to life in the medical profession.
Our Medicine summer school course in Cambridge is a unique opportunity for students to gain an insight into life as a future Medicine undergraduate. It will cover some of the main topics that you would encounter during a Medicine undergraduate course such as: anatomy and physiology; neuroscience and neuropsychology; emergency medicine; and even cutting-edge research in experimental medicine.
In addition, the programme also aims to prepare students to study Medicine at university. Through carefully planned workshops, we prepare students to undertake the most important aptitude tests required for admission to medical school: the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) and the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT). Expert workshops also equip participants with the skills and knowledge to ace the interview required to study Medicine at university – previous participants have found these workshops to be instrumental in their university application success.
The Cambridge Immerse Medicine summer course is perfect for those considering studying Medicine at university level. As well as introducing students to topics explored at the undergraduate level, the course introduces students to more advanced topics and debates that will not only spur intellectual curiosity, but assist in preparing to study Medicine at leading universities. We’re confident that you’ll emerge with fascinating insights into the world of university Medicine!
You can now choose between participating in a one-week or two-week Medicine programme at Cambridge Immerse. The one-week Medicine programme is a condensed version of the two-week programme. Both programmes include admissions test preparation.
The programmes will run on the following set of dates:
One-Week Medicine Programme
- 1st – 7th July 2018
Two-Week Medicine Programme
- 8th July – 21st July 2018
- 22nd July – 4th August 2018
- 5th August – 18th August 2018
Summer Medicine Courses at Cambridge University
The Immerse Medicine summer course in Cambridge offers you the chance to go beyond school A-level and IB-level school biology and chemistry syllabuses in order to gain an insight in what university Medicine is like. Our Medicine summer programme is particularly important given that students cannot study Medicine at school; given the number of years it takes to become a doctor, it’s essential to determine whether Medicine is right for you or not!
By enrolling in the Cambridge Immerse Medicine course, you will not only be introduced to topics that a first year Medicine student would encounter, but you will also gain an understanding into whether this is the course for you. Plus, whatever your current ability-level, the small class sizes our Medicine summer course will ensure you will be both challenged and supported in carefully planned classes that emulate the unique Oxbridge system of tutor-student engagement and debate.
What will I study at this Medicine Summer Course in Cambridge?
Our aim is to help students develop an in-depth understanding of some of the most important aspects of Medical Science and to familiarise them with the key advances and debates within the discipline. Students can expect to study topics as wide-ranging as Medical Biology and Anatomy to ethics and philosophy.
In the 60+ years after the discovery of DNA’s structure there has been astonishing progress in our understanding of heritability, gene function and variability. Since the completion of the Human Genome project, considerable attention has been given to the emerging field of epigenetics, an area of research that focuses on the modifiers of gene expression. At our Cambridge medicine summer course, we will extract and isolate DNA, and learn about the influences of parents on children in the womb.
Tireless breathing keeps our blood oxygenated, while 2-3 billion heartbeats a lifetime transport it about the body. While the rhythms of our hearts and lungs may seem mundane, it would be a mistake to view these organs as simple pumps. Humans have evolved complex physiological adaptations to low oxygen environments and can accommodate increased oxygen demand during exercise, but how and why? During this session, we will probe these scientific questions and consider current and emerging therapies to fight cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.
We will overview the basic microanatomy and physiology of neurons, analyse how these cells produce electrical signals (action potentials) and discuss how the 37 trillion cells of your body can communicate and coordinate with one another. This will include a brief review of disorders of the nervous system such as dementia, epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease.
Benefits of enrolling in our pre-university Medicine summer programme
If you want to study Medicine at university, then the Cambridge Immerse Medicine summer programme is for you. With 40 hours of academic sessions and a university-level Medicine syllabus designed by Cambridge Medicine tutors, this Medicine summer programme will instill you with the knowledge to not only prepare for Medicine university applications but also for life as an Medicine undergraduate. You will also have the opportunity to discover the breadth of a subject like Medicine to discover exactly where your interests lie – something that is very valuable when applying for Medicine at university.
To ensure you leave the course with the best preparation for your university experience, Cambridge Immerse also offers a range of highly useful, optional skills workshops which are included in the Medicine summer course fee, including Interview Skills Workshops to help you articulate yourself brilliantly under pressure and show your passion for the subject. Interviews are a requirement for university Medicine applications and, therefore, it is incredibly valuable for a potential Medicine student to prepare as much as possible. You can also take advantage of one-on-one Personal Statement Consultations to help you polish your personal statement and make it really stand out from the crowd.
Medicine admissions tests are also required for students who wish to apply for Medicine at university. During the Cambridge Immerse Medicine summer course, you will have the opportunity to prepare and practice these tests. Read more to find out more.
Medicine Admissions Test Preparation
During our Medicine summer course in Cambridge, you will have the opportunity to prepare for the required Medicine admissions tests such as the BMAT and UKCAT. The BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) is an admissions test for applicants to Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Biomedical Science and Dentistry courses at certain universities. As well as being an entry requirement, BMAT gives you the chance to stand out from the crowd and show your potential to succeed on a demanding science-based university course.
We offer a BMAT workshop taught by teachers who have scored highly in the BMAT examination and have been through the UCAS process. We understand the demands and challenges, and are able to impart our knowledge and insight to help you best prepare for the test. We will also offer a UKCAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test) workshop.
At the Cambridge Immerse Medicine summer school programme, the admissions test preparation workshops for Medicine are included in the summer school fee.
Quick Medicine summer course facts and stats:
- Maximum tutorial size: 12 students
- Oxbridge style teaching from university tutors
- University preparation workshops
- Inclusive of excursions
- Reside in a central University of Cambridge college
- Dedicated university and subject specific advice
- A variety of carefully planned skills workshops
- Inclusive of all excursions and extracurriculars
- Diverse range of international participants
- Participant Assessment
- Certificate of Participation