Medicine Summer School in Cambridge

MEDICINE

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Medicine Summer School Programme Overview:

  • Programme: Medicine university insights
  • Fee: £4,495
  • Course Length: 2 weeks
  • Course Type: Residential
  • Locations: Cambridge University colleges

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2019 Medicine Summer School Summary

Choosing to study medicine is a big decision. It will require long hours, years of study, and unwavering dedication. The Immerse Medicine summer school programme in Cambridge is a unique 2-week course designed to prepare students for the challenges and expectations of undergraduate study.

Throughout the medicine summer school programme, students will be encouraged to think critically, defend their ideas, and work collaboratively to solve complex medical problems. Class sizes are kept small, allowing participants a chance to interact easily with instructors and their peers as they study a broad range of topics, covering everything from the basics of human anatomy to the latest developments in experimental medicine.

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However, the goal of this medicine summer course is not simply to give potential medical students an intellectual ‘leg up’ before their first year. The programme is also geared towards A-level or IB students who want to know if a career in medicine is right for them. As such, the course places a strong emphasis on nurturing independent thinking and constructive debate. By the end of the two weeks, students will have both an in-depth introduction to first-year medical topics, as well as a firm understanding of the challenges that come with being an undergraduate medical student.

Immerse is an award-winning medicine summer school programme for the intellectually curious

Cambridge Medicine Summer School Course 2019 Summary

Choosing to study medicine is a big decision. It will require long hours, years of study, and unwavering dedication; studying medicine can be challenging, but also incredibly rewarding. The Immerse Medicine summer school programme is a unique two week course designed to prepare participants for the challenges and expectations of undergraduate study.

Throughout the medicine summer school programme, designed and taught by expert tutors from the world’s leading universities, students will be encouraged to think critically, develop practical skills and work collaboratively to solve complex medical problems. Class sizes are kept small, allowing participants a chance to interact easily with tutors and their peers as they study a broad range of topics, covering everything from the basics of human anatomy to the latest developments in experimental medicine.

However, the goal of this medicine summer school programme is not simply to give potential medical students an immersive insight into the life of a medical undergraduate. The programme is also geared towards A-level or IB students who want to know if a career in medicine is right for them. As such, the course places a strong emphasis on nurturing independent thinking and constructive debate . By the end of the two weeks, participants will have both an in-depth introduction to first-year medical topics, as well as a firm understanding of the challenges that come with being an undergraduate medical student.

Immerse is an award-winning medicine summer school programme in Cambridge for the intellectually curious

Medicine Summer School Key Benefits

Prepare for the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) and the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)

Programme material uses case studies from real patients

Discover advanced topics like pharmacokinetics, epigenetics, and optogenetics

Build a solid foundation of medical knowledge before commencing undergraduate studies

Gain hands-on experience
administering care in a simulated medical emergency

Extract and isolate DNA, dissect a cell signaling cascade, and perform a cranial nerve examination

Medicine Topics Covered

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In the UK, there are few, if any, available summer courses that match Immerse’s broad, multidisciplinary Medicine summer school programme. From day one, you will be introduced to important medical content designed to take you beyond the fundamentals you’ve learned in IB or A-Level Biology. What’s more, all of your instructors come from an academic background, with each currently teaching undergraduate students at some of the world’s leading universities.

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In terms of content, you’ll start with a thorough introduction to physiology and anatomy, eventually progressing through a variety of fundamental medical content including topics such as epigenetics, functional genomics, neuroscience, and neuropsychology. As the theory behind each topic is learned, you’ll then be encouraged to roll up your sleeves and take part in a series of hands-on exercises that reinforce course material. Finally, by the end of the course, you’ll prepare a short presentation to be given at a mock science conference of your peers. In doing so, you’ll get a better understanding of how medicine fits into the overall scientific community, as well your own (important) role in it as a medical practitioner.

During the summer medicine programme, you’ll build a strong foundation of medical knowledge by studying topics such as:

  • Functional Genomics
  • Epigenetics
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Neuropsychology
  • Pharmacology
  • Epidemiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Clinical Interpretation

Medicine Topics Covered

In the UK, there are few summer courses available that match Immerse’s broad, multidisciplinary Medicine summer school programme. From day one, participants will be introduced to important medical content designed to take them beyond the fundamentals they’ve learned in IB or A-Level Biology. All of our tutors come from prestigious academic backgrounds, teaching undergraduate students at some of the world’s leading universities, therefore providing participants with unparalleled insight and support.

In terms of content, the programme starts with a thorough introduction to physiology and anatomy, and progresses through a variety of fundamental medical content including topics such as epigenetics, functional genomics, neuroscience, and neuropsychology. As the theory behind each topic is learned, participants will then be encouraged to roll up their sleeves and take part in a series of hands-on practicals that reinforce course material. Finally, by the end of the programme, participants will prepare a short presentation to be given at a mock science conference of their peers. In doing so, they’ll get a better understanding of how medicine fits into the overall scientific community, as well their own important role in it as a medical practitioner.

During the medicine summer school programme, participants will build a strong foundation of medical knowledge by studying topics such as:

  • Functional Genomics
  • Epigenetics
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Neuropsychology
  • Pharmacology
  • Epidemiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Clinical Interpretation

The Immerse medicine summer school programme covers a unique mix of important
theory and practical knowledge. Learn more about the topics covered in this
course by requesting a free course syllabus

Cambridge Medicine Summer Course Outcomes

Unfortunately, medicine can’t be studied at high school. Outside of basic biology and chemistry, almost all of the material covered in an undergraduate medical program will be entirely new to most students. This can feel challenging, especially at the beginning of the school year or during the initial application process. Which is why, in this medicine course, students will be introduced to new material that will prove essential in their first few weeks of undergraduate study (and beyond).

Furthermore, great lengths have been taken while designing this course to ensure that students walk away with more than just theoretical medical knowledge. At Immerse, we ensure that all participants complete the course with both a fundamental understanding of common undergraduate medical material, as well as practical knowledge about life as first-year student, the requirements of BMAT and UKCAT aptitude tests, and other key skills required for anyone interested in studying medicine at university.

In other words, this summer medicine course helps prepare students for the entire experience of undergraduate life, not just the new material they’ll likely encounter. The foundation they build here will drive their success in the challenging years to come.

By the end of this medicine summer school programme students will:

  • Learn how to accurately interpret evidence and understand scientific papers.
  • Be able to assess the implications of common blood test results.
  • Be introduced to and tested on the ABCDEFG approach of rapid patient assessment.
  • Discover how the body uses a complex, interconnected system to maintain a state of homeostasis.
  • Gain an understanding of ELISA, a technique used in medicine to detect disease
  • Participate in a short interview designed to assess how they understand and apply new knowledge.
  • Learn about the critical role that discussion plays in the scientific community
  • Prepare for the material and format encompassed by the BMAT and UKCAT aptitude tests.

Every participant who takes part in this medicine summer school course will receive tailored feedback from their tutor about their performance, the material covered, and even a list of individualised suggestions for further study.

Medicine Summer School Course Outcomes

Unfortunately, medicine can’t be studied at secondary school. Outside of biology and chemistry, almost all of the material covered in an undergraduate medical programme will be entirely new to most students. This can feel daunting, especially at the beginning of the school year or during the initial application process. That’s why, in this course, participants will be introduced to new material that will prove valuable to the success of their undergraduate study (and beyond).

Expert tutors from some of the world’s leading universities both design and teach the Immerse Medicine summer programme, developing each participant’s interest in this wide-ranging discipline. Furthermore, great lengths have been taken while designing this course to ensure that participants walk away with more than just theoretical medical knowledge. At Immerse, we ensure that all participants complete the course with both a fundamental understanding of common undergraduate medical material, as well as practical knowledge about life as first-year student, the requirements of BMAT and UKCAT aptitude tests, and other key skills required for anyone interested in studying medicine at university. The summer medicine programme will also expose participants to the different careers available within the field, from exciting areas of biological research to the cutting edge of surgery.

In other words, this medicine summer course helps prepare students for the entire experience of undergraduate life, not just the challenging academic material they’ll likely encounter. The foundation they build here will drive their success in the challenging years to come.

By the end of this medicine summer school programme participants will:

  • Learn how to accurately interpret evidence and understand scientific papers
  • Be able to assess the implications of common blood test results
  • Be introduced to and tested on the ABCDEFG approach of rapid patient assessment
  • Understand how the body uses a complex, interconnected system to maintain a state of homeostasis
  • Gain an understanding of ELISA, a technique used in medicine to detect disease
  • Participate in a short interview designed to assess how they understand and apply new knowledge
  • Discover the critical role that discussion plays in the scientific community
  • Be prepared for the material and format encompassed by the BMAT and UKCAT aptitude tests

Every participant who takes part in this course will receive tailored feedback from their tutor about their performance, the material covered, and even a list of individualised suggestions for further study.

Timetable

The Immerse summer programme schedule is packed with a wide range of unique academic and extracurricular activities.

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Participants start off the day with breakfast in the main college dining hall, with a variety of continental and hot breakfast choices available. This is followed by the first academic session of the day, which takes place in a seminar or lecture format. Participants are then guided to lunch at some of Cambridge’s finest sandwich bars and cafés, and are welcome to explore the city in small groups. Following lunch, academic sessions continue in the format of small tutorial groups or workshops. After all the core academic sessions are finished, students are treated to one of a wide range of excursions and cultural activities, including punting, museum visits and sports activities. A three course dinner in the college dining hall is then followed by an evening social event to help participants wind down and socialise after a packed day.

The timetable shown to the side offers an insight into the typical daily schedule, although this may vary depending on the events planned on the given day.

Timetable

The timetable shown below offers an insight into the typical daily schedule, although this may vary depending on the events planned on the given day.

A typical day

 
 
08:00 - 09:30
Breakfast
09:30 - 11:30
Morning academic session
11:30 - 13:30
Lunch
13:30 - 15:30
Afternoon academic session
16:00 - 18:00
Academic workshop / Afternoon activity
18:00 - 19:15
Dinner
19:30 - 22:00
Evening social event
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Case Studies

Bengisu Gur , Turkey Turkey

Medicine Alumna 2016

Bengisu participated in our Medicine programme in 2016. Here's what she has to say about her time with Immerse Education:

My favourite part of studying with Immerse was definitely people! So many people from many diverse backgrounds. It was the most amazing two weeks. Since my time with Immerse I have kept in contact with my friends and started pursuing my dreams in the medical field. I'm currently studying medicine in a well-known school in my city, Istanbul. A few years ago I was curious about studying medicine, but when I went back home from this summer programme, I knew for certain that medicine was what I would study.

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Without doubt, Immerse was the most fun educational experience. It also helped me find my true passion for medicine and I now have many friends from all over the world.

Learn more about our alumni's exciting journeys on our Alumni Success page

Graduation & Participant Assessment

The final evening of the programme celebrates the achievements of each participant in a graduation ceremony that's followed by a Gala Dinner. Throughout the Cambridge summer programme, our Immerse tutors will monitor student engagement with the topics that they have been taught. Once the programme has finished, the tutor will write a Participant Assessment...MORE

...that will evaluate how the participant responded to the materials they were introduced to, what progress they made during the sessions, and offer recommendations on how to most effectively advance participant's understanding and interest in the topics that have been explored.

We strongly believe that our Participant Assessments are crucial element of the learning process, and reflective of our commitment to the highest standards of education. 

Graduation & Participant Assessment

The final evening of the programme celebrates the achievements of each participant in a graduation ceremony that's followed by a Gala Dinner. 

Throughout the Cambridge summer programme, our Immerse tutors will monitor student engagement with the topics that they have been taught. Once the programme has finished, the tutor will write a Participant Assessment that will evaluate how the participant responded to the materials they were introduced to, what progress they made during the sessions, and offer recommendations on how to most effectively advance participant's understanding and interest in the topics that have been explored.

We strongly believe that our Participant Assessments are crucial element of the learning process, and reflective of our commitment to the highest standards of education. 

Ready to enrol?

The Medicine Summer School is available on the following dates:

7th – 20th July 2019

21st July – 3rd August 2019

28th July – 10th August 2019

4th – 17th August 2019 – Join Waitlist

11th – 24th August 2019

About the University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities, founded in 1209 when a group of scholars left the University of Oxford. The history, influence and alumni of the university is world renown, having educated the likes of Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking and many more - including 118 Nobel laureates and 15 British Prime Ministers.

Cambridge University is a group of 31 self-governing colleges that come under the overall ‘Cambridge University’ umbrella, each with its own distinctive character. This set up also makes it one of the most architecturally interesting and beautiful towns in the world, and walking down the streets of Cambridge it’s easy to see the varied mix of styles of the university colleges that dominates the town. All of our participants live and learn in the inspirational surroundings during the academic programme.

Immerse Education's programmes in Cambridge take place in the beautiful colleges of the University of Cambridge. Immerse Education is not affiliated with Cambridge University.

The Medicine Summer Programme takes place in the following locations

Christ's College
University of Cambridge

Originally formed as 'God's House', Christ's College was home to leading academics such as Charles Darwin.

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Founded in 1828

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

Sidney Sussex College
University of Cambridge

The site of much religious conflict during the English Reformation, Sidney Sussex has produced 5 Nobel Prize winners.

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Founded in 1596

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

Queens' College
University of Cambridge

Queens' spans both sides of the River Cam and is connected by the famous mathematical bridge.

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Founded in 1448

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

St. Catharine's College
University of Cambridge

Once a small college called 'Saynt Kateryns Hall of Cambridge', St Catherine's is also known as 'Catz'.

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Founded in 1473

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

Murray Edwards College
University of Cambridge

Murray Edwards is one of three women only colleges in Cambridge, set in 14 acres of award winning gardens.

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Founded in 1965

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

Colleges are allocated according to session preference and availability. To find out more, please email enquiries@immerse.education

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