Medical Summer School Programme
Make sure you’re comfortable, grab a cup of tea and let the Summer School begin! Starting with our most important organ, the engine of the body, the heart. Together we’ll learn and experience how blood and oxygen mix and travel rapidly to perfuse all our organs.
Using your very own MedAhead stethoscope you’ll quickly distinguish heart sounds, learning what’s normal and how to listen for subtle heart murmurs. Debate with your peers whether we should use heart valves made from pigs and cows and what consequences this can have.
Later we will learn about the deadliest childhood illness in the UK, asthma. By testing your lungs and your peak flow we will understand the relevance of this simple test in asthma attacks.
Today we’ll explore the intricacies of the brain and our mind. From controlling our reflexes, our thoughts and emotions to processing information in a blink of a second. What happens when it all goes wrong You’ll quickly understand why a stroke can be so debilitating, examining the consequences of oxygen deprivation within the brain.
By teaching you to quickly recognise the symptoms of a stroke you will quickly appreciate why time is of the essence, and why every minute counts. By discussing case studies of stroke survivors, we will home in on the concept of quality of life and debate whether euthanasia ever has a place in modern Medicine.
Using your MedAhead tendon hammers we will teach you how to elicit reflexes and help you consider the medical conditions where these reflexes become absent. By explaining the pupillary light reflex you will understand the basis of and uses for our most primitive reflexes.
Our modern world is filled with vices, from alcohol and drugs to on-demand fast food around the clock. We will consider the impacts of these on our bodies, from understanding how alcohol diminishes our liver function to how cocaine causes profound arrhythmias.
Later we dive into the unique and life-saving world of surgery. How do we transplant organs? Do mistakes in surgery ever happen? If so, what are the consequences? We will also look forward at the marvels of robotic surgery and the ability to suture the smallest of surfaces.
Covid-19 has most definitely changed our world and has shocked the healthcare system. You will hear from doctors who have worked in ITU, A&E and in Respiratory wards during the pandemic and learn the true pathophysiology of Covid-19.
By comparing the current pandemic to previous pandemics, we can learn to draw similarities and differences and discuss what lessons can be learnt and whether Medicine has changed from these events. We will compare potential treatments and visualise the concept of herd immunity, a key focus in vaccines.
We will conclude with an outlook on the NHS. Debating the possible impacts of Brexit and how an increase in telemedicine and nanotechnology may shape your role as future doctors.
So you’ve broken your bone, what do you do? We will teach you to interpret x-rays and learn to look for fractures. We will discuss when a joint replacement is needed and what happens when a metal joint goes through an MRI scanner.
Finally, we’ll round up our Summer School with words of guidance. All of our doctors have been where you are now, and over the years and helped hundreds of students win places at prestigious Medical Schools. We will walk you through the application process from personal statements, to admissions tests, to interviews, and provide you with useful tips and advice to ensure your application stands out.
Remember, each of you get access to our free ‘Final Touches’ Personal Statement service as well as a complimentary mock interview with a doctor.