At Kent and Medway Medical School (KMMS), we are committed to inspiring future healthcare professionals by raising aspirations, supporting young people’s choices and encouraging progression into medicine or health related careers. We want to encourage aspiring doctors from all backgrounds to seriously consider medicine as a career. We are committed to widening access to medical degrees and have ambitious targets to recruit students from Kent, Medway and further afield, who have the talent and desire to study medicine, and are from under-represented groups or disadvantaged backgrounds. To further enhance our Future Doctors Outreach Programme, KMMS works in collaboration with our partner institutions, Canterbury Christ Church University and University of Kent.
Careers Information and Schools Outreach
Our outreach programme is designed to make young people aware of the potential careers in medicine and healthcare, and encouraging them to explore their options and make informed choices about their future.
If you are a Science or Careers Teacher, we welcome you to join our *mailing list* to hear about our upcoming events that may be of interest to your students. If you would like to ask a specific question about our offer, please email email@example.com.
Please see below a list of the outreach programmes we offer.
School Visits Programme (Year 7 – 13)
The KMMS Future Doctors team are delighted to visit local secondary schools to talk about careers in medicine and the application process for medical school. We hope to inspire students to study medicine who may not have otherwise considered it as an option as well as to support them to make the right GCSE and A-level choices to allow them to pursue their ambitions.
(Please note that all our visits are virtual at the moment)
In line with our widening participation mission we prioritise visits to Canterbury Christ Church University Partner Schools and University of Kent Partner Schools.
“Through the excellent and informative outreach work from KMMS we now have students who are very excited about medicine and understand their next steps”
Tim Fox, Senior Vice Principal & Head of Academic College, The Canterbury Academy
To find out more about our visits and invite us to your school please email firstname.lastname@example.org
BrightIdeas (Year 12)
If you’re a Year 12 student who is passionate about becoming a doctor, don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to take place in a medicine-focused outreach project that includes a 4-day summer school!
BrightIdeas gives the opportunity for year 12 students to complete a medicine focused research project with the support of a medical student e-mentor. The project, which ends in a 4-day summer school, will provide you with invaluable insights into the roles of a doctor; as a scientist, a clinician and a teacher.
In addition to being a great experience, it will also give attendees something to write about in their personal statement and/or talk about at a medical school interview.
Visit the BrightIdeas website for more information and how to apply.
Applications are now closed for 2021
Work Experience Advice (Year 11 – 13)
Work experience is a vital part of applying to study medicine. It allows students to gain an insight into the field and make an informed decision about whether medicine is right for them. Work experience also allows students to discover other roles within the health and social care sector which they may not have otherwise been aware of.
It is recognised that not all students will have the same access to work experience and that clinical work experience can be hard to come by. However, applicants should aim to get a variety of experiences in order to demonstrate a commitment to medicine as well as an understanding of what a career in medicine entails. Experiences should also allow students to demonstrate some of the skills and attributes required by doctors. Examples of these can be found in the Medical Schools Council statement on the core values and attributes needed to study medicine.
For more information about KMMS admissions, please visit our entry requirements page.
Useful resources for work experience (Year 11 – 13)
The Medical Schools Council provides information and guidance on work experience for students.
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust publish a guide to their volunteering opportunities.
Inspiring Minds: Future Doctors (Year 9 – 13)
We run a series of bespoke programmes under our Future Doctors umbrella.
Virtual Medical Society Programme
Could you be a lifesaver? What do doctors really do?
The Future Doctors programme FREE to join. Starting October 2021.
We would like to offer Year 9 and Year 10 students the opportunity to join the Inspiring Minds: Future Doctors programme with the Kent and Medway Medical School (KMMS).
The online sessions* will be based on the KMMS curriculum and go through topics such as Heart, Lung and Blood; Health and Disease; Neuroscience and Behaviour; Immune System; and many more.
This FREE programme aims to increase awareness of what it takes to apply to and study medicine or other healthcare subjects, through fun, inspiring and interactive sessions focused on medicine, health, and science.
You will have an opportunity to meet others interested in Medicine, join our online community and get feedback by real doctors!
*on location activities may become available later
Participant (age 13):
This is a really well organised and inspirational programme. It’s very inclusive and everyone gets a chance to contribute. And it’s encouraging because the teachers and mentors are doctors and you get to hear about their experiences – and they are really good at answering your questions! The demonstrations are excellent and you learn how they apply to real-life scenarios.”
Mother of participant:
This is a brilliant, unique opportunity for my daughter. She was so enthused and encouraged after her first session. Her dream to be a doctor now seems like a real possibility. Thank you.”
How do I sign up?
We want to encourage aspiring doctors from all backgrounds to seriously consider medicine as a career. We are committed to widening access to medical degrees and have ambitious targets to recruit students from Kent, Medway and further afield, who have the talent and aspiration to study medicine, and are from under-represented groups or disadvantaged backgrounds.
For this reason, this programme is aimed at Year 9 and 10 from non-selective schools in Kent and Medway. We will consider applications from students who are from selective schools if there are any vacancies.
Application Deadline: Thursday 23rd September 2021
Future Doctors: Admissionology (Year 11 – 13)
We also offer bespoke talks to students (year 11 onwards) to help with the application process, covering topics such as how to choose a medical school, the admissions process and how the interview process works.
We also run virtual sessions on this that students can join from wherever they are. Details of these events will be added to this page.
The Admissions Team is live on Instagram (@kmmsmedschool) stories every Wednesday between 12:00-14:00 to answer any questions you have.
- Studying Healthcare Events Page
- Medical Schools Council: Medical School Entry Requirements
- Brighton and Sussex Medical School: Virtual Work Experience
- Royal College of General Practice: Observe GP (virtual work experience)
Upcoming National events for Future Doctors
Free webinar – An Introduction to Evidence-Based Health Care
‘An Introduction to Evidence-Based Health Care’ is a free webinar for pupils based in the UK & Ireland, aged 16-18, who want to study healthcare-related subjects at university. Hosted by @CochraneUK & @CochraneIreland.
To find out more and sign up: https://buff.ly/3jHaVh3
For school requests, please e-mail us at email@example.com
If you are a Science or Careers Teacher we welcome you to join our *mailing list* to hear about our upcoming events that may be of interest to your students. If you would like to ask a specific question about our offer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.