Information for Medical Students
About Target Medicine
Target Medicine recognises the disadvantage young people from non-selective state schools may face when applying to medical school. They may have the aspiration, desire and ability to study medicine but not receive the necessary support and guidance when making their applications. Target Medicine aims to rectify this.
The work of our volunteers takes place to fit with the whole of the application process and therefore runs over a calendar year rather than an academic year.
As a member of the Mentoring Scheme you and your team would work with a small group of AS/A2 students to give them a better understanding of what is needed to be a successful applicant to medical school. You would provide structured support and guidance to them throughout the application process.
The Events Team organises and runs the seven large group events that are an essential part of the Mentoring Scheme.
The Outreach Scheme aims to inspire children and young people in non-selective primary and secondary schools to consider that a career in medicine could be for them. As a member of this team you would visit schools to give one-off presentations to engage students’ interest, answer their questions and in some cases recruit to the Mentoring Scheme or Summer School.
As a Target Medicine volunteer you may also wish to assist our specialist tutor team. This team delivers seminars and revision sessions on A Level topics, to help students in the Mentoring Scheme achieve the grades they need for a successful application to medical school. If you are a biology, chemistry or maths whizz-kid then this is for you!
Training and Support
As a Target Medicine volunteer you will be fully trained in mentoring, presentation skills and group work. This training takes place on four Wednesday evenings during the autumn term. The project is structured so that every volunteer is well supported by team leaders, peers and staff.
What’s in it for medical students?
· The opportunity to inspire and enable others to study medicine
· The satisfaction of contributing from your personal experience
· The opportunity to mentor school/college students
· Working with like-minded peers
· Training opportunities
· Valuable experience of team work
· Development of skills and expertise in event organisation, teaching, presentation, project management and group work
· It’s worthwhile but it’s also fun!
Quotes from previous volunteers “Target Medicine has reminded me how privileged I am to be a medical student, and how much I want to help enable anybody who wants to be here to get here.”
“Target Medicine is a great opportunity to work with young people from backgrounds not well represented at medical school.”
“Knowing you are making the difference to students who otherwise would not have any support with their applications is a fulfilling and rewarding experience.”
“It’s been amazing to see the development of many of the students in Target Medicine and their progression over the year.”
“During my time with Target Medicine I have had the opportunity to mentor, teach and perform presentations, learning skills that will prove very useful throughout my medical career.”
How to apply
Click here to complete an application form. NB: we are testing a new application method using the Eventbrite booking system and would welcome any comments or feedback you have on this. Please email any queries to TM2013@ucl.ac.uk.
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