The Medicine summer school programme for 13-15 year olds is expertly designed to blend practical knowledge and theory. The curriculum focuses not only on teaching key theories within medicine, but on developing the key skills you will require in medical studies and professions – including being a doctor, and a researcher.
The programme is fun as well as challenging – a series of dissections will show you how internal systems function and interact, allowing you to apply the theory that you’ve learnt.
You will complete the programme having expanded your knowledge and skills in anatomy, biology, and more!
Develop an understanding of the future of medical professions
Study the cutting edge developments in topics such as neuroscience and anatomy
Use dissections to understand body structure and organ systems
Experience authentic student life in University of Cambridge colleges
Interactive learning in small groups (av: 1:7) from expert university tutors
Meet other motivated high school students from all over the world
The increased longevity of humans over the past century can be significantly attributed to advances resulting from medical research. Major benefits have included vaccines for measles and polio, insulin treatment for diabetes, classes of antibiotics for treating a host of illnesses and new surgical techniques such as microsurgery. But how are these discoveries made, and who makes them? Scientific research is a process of small steps, occurring over years or decades, costing millions, and requiring painstaking work undertaken by vast teams of scientists and clinicians. Spanning various disciplines, in this topic, you will focus on the principles and methods of medical research, in particular the journey of lab bench discoveries to patient bedside, clinical trials, and careers in medical research. You will also cover the importance of communicating scientific and medical research to the community, as well as the pros and cons of each method of communication.
The human body is a finely tuned and complex machine. Its study can be traced as far back as the embalming of the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt! Our understanding of anatomy has greatly increased since the development of novel technologies, allowing us to uncover the organs’ microstructures, but scientists across the globe are still focused on uncovering its secrets. Anatomy and physiology are the sciences behind the structures of the body and their functions. In this topic you will explore the different systems of the human body (skeletal, muscular, digestive, respiratory etc) and how they’re connected, in order to provide an overview of the human body as a whole. You’ll then explore the key systems in-depth, looking at the characteristics and micro anatomical features of several organs through dissection.
In the 60+ years after the discovery of DNA’s structure, there has been astonishing progress in our understanding of gene function and variability. Genes are a segment of DNA passed down from parents with certain traits to their children. Genes are organised and packaged in units called “chromosomes”. After going over chromosomes’ structure, you will first focus on understanding the replication, transcription and translation of DNA, from nucleic acid to protein synthesis. You will also explore the role of the environment on genetics. Finally, you’ll consider the most recent breakthrough in genetic engineering, CRISPR gene editing, a tool which allows virtually unlimited editing of the genome of any species!
You will partake in a mini-science conference where you’ll present a research topic assigned earlier in the week. You will be encouraged to view each other’s work critically, ask follow-up questions and engage with the subject matter.
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– Full programme timetable
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During the Medicine summer school you will:
All projects are supported by your expert academic tutors, and can take the form of an essay, presentation or practical project. The project reaches its pinnacle when you present it to your academic peers and tutors at the end of the programme.
It’s an incredible opportunity to develop your independent research skills and specialist subject knowledge.
A tangible and highly valued takeaway from the Immerse academic programmes is the written participant feedback that our expert tutors write for each of their students.
This an incredibly useful insight into your performance during the programme and provides recommendations as to how you can develop your understanding of your chosen subject beyond the summer school.
Cambridge is internationally renowned for its beautiful college architecture and its prestigious and rich history. You will live and study in your own individual room in one of the following Cambridge University colleges.
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Secure your place for summer 2020. The Medicine Summer School is available on the following dates: