Future Doctors Programme - Kent and Medway Medical School

Kent and Medway Medical School

Future Doctors Programme

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.


Welcome Wednesday

The Admissions Team is live on Instagram (@kmmsmedschool) stories every Wednesday between 12:00-14:00 to answer any questions you have


Our Future Doctors offer:

Our Future Doctors 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 futuredoctors@kmms.ac.uk.

Future Doctors:  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.

In line with our widening participation mission we prioritise visits to Canterbury Christ Church University Partner Schools and University of Kent Partner Schools.

To find out more about our visits and invite us to your school please email futuredoctors@kmms.ac.uk

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

Future Doctors:  Virtual Medical Society (Year 9 – 11)

Want to ignite your passion for Medicine? Don’t miss the chance to enrol onto our FREE Future Doctors Virtual Medical Society programme?

We offer Year 9, 10 and 11 students the opportunity to join our Future Doctors: Virtual Medical Society programme.

This innovative 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.

The programme includes an in-person launch and graduation wrapped round a series of online sessions that are 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. The sessions will be run by NHS clinicians supported by our medical students and help embed and bring to life the attendees’ GCSE science curriculum.

You will have an opportunity to meet others interested in Medicine, join our online community and learn with real doctors!

I love these sessions and they have taught me things I would not have  learned in class

-Year 9 student

“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.”

-Mother of participant

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, 10 and 11 from non-selective schools in Kent and Medway. We will consider applications from students who are from selective schools if there are any vacancies.

Don’t miss the opportunity to apply to the Virtual Medical Society Future Doctors Programme starting October 2023. We look forward to reading your applications. Please note the deadline for the applications is on September 29th.

If you are a secondary school careers or science lead please do print out our poster and display at your school or college.

Future Doctors Year 12 Programme

Launch: October 14th

In October we look forward to inviting Year 12 students from across Kent and Medway to the launch our Year 12 programme.  The programme will support up to 40 young people through the process of applying to medical school with advice and insights from our current students, our Medical Education Fellow and external speakers. Download our poster.

The programme will look into the whole application process from how to choose the right medical school for you; preparing for the UCAT; getting work experience; what a medical school interview entails and much more.

If you would be interested in applying to take part in this programme please fill in this form and provide a 200-word mini-personal statement.

Please note in the case that applications to this programme are high we will take into account the following (please note that this doesn’t mean that those who do not meet this criterion should not apply) :

  1.  The applicant attends a school or college in Kent and Medway
  2.  The applicant attends a non-selective school
  3.  The applicant’s home address is in a lower quintile (Q1, Q2) of the POLAR4 geographical database
  4.  The mini personal statement will be used to distinguish between students meeting the same criteria

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.

The British Medical Association also provides information on how to become a doctor as well as advice for students on work experience.

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust publish a guide to their volunteering opportunities.


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.

Useful Resources

Contact us

Email us @futuredoctors@kmms.ac.uk