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International Medical Research and Practice I: Oxford

Oxford Royale Academy's Medical Research Summer School for Adults, on the campus of the University of Oxford, taught by elite ORA academic faculty.

Why Study Medicine?

Join the Medical Summer School and prepare for a successful application to Medical School, while exploring the varied and exciting career pathways available to you. Immersive and hands-on, you will gain insights into cutting-edge medical research while practicing clinical and lab skills through medical simulations.

Why Choose This Course

  • Discuss cutting-edge and emerging medical innovations with leading specialists, researchers and practitioners like mRNA Vaccine Technology, Tele-Medicine, and Personalize Therapeutics.
  • Develop a rigorous depth of knowledge in human anatomy and the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems.
  • Evaluate the pathophysiology of disease and explore pharmacology and the formulation of treatment plans through epidemiology case studies.
  • Engage in our “Cardiovascular Clinical Challenge” where you will investigate the electrophysiology of the heart, analyze the anatomy of coronary arteries and identify links to the pathophysiology of ischemic heart disease (IHD). Additionally, you will practice a seated cardiovascular examination and interpret electrocardiogram results to decide on a likely differential diagnosis.
  • Practice critical clinical skills through an emergency patient simulator and the completion of varied dissection tasks.
  • Investigate both the practice of medicine and biomedical research through guest speakers and visits to university biomedical labs, simulation centers, and research facilities.
  • Gain practical insight into a career as a Surgeon, Doctor, Nurse, or Allied Health Professional and identify how to navigate the medical school application process.
  • Reside in the prestigious colleges of the University of Oxford and build a global network of peers to strengthen your career trajectory.

What’s included?

  • Residential in the prestigious colleges of the University of Oxford.
  • Inspiring courses taught by experts.
  • A truly international environment – form a global network.
  • Accommodation, meals, tuition and cultural programme.
  • Graduation, report cards and certificate.
  • 10 exciting lectures and 10 lively discussion-based seminars.
  • Maximum 10 students per class.
  • 15+ hours tuition / week.
  • Talks with world-class guest speakers.
  • Inspirational cultural programmes, including excursions to historic UK locations.
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What you will learn

On this course, you will:

  • Gain insights into the latest academic and practitioner research into core anatomical systems.
  • Practise current clinic skills through dissections, case studies, and simulations like Patient Interview and the Cardiovascular Clinical Challenge.
  • Apply the basic principles of advanced life support (ALS) and integrate clinical anatomy and physiology to make healthcare decisions.
  • Debate the merits and ethics of historic, current, and emerging treatment approaches.
  • Explore the role of global health research in designing public health interventions.
  • Examine the pathophysiology of the influenza and COVID-19 viruses.
  • Strengthen your communication, empathy, collaboration and research skills.
  • Develop strong analytical skills that contribute to a career in medicine as you discuss and debate a range of critical scenarios in medical ethics.

Great For Students Thinking About

  • Building a broad set of clinical and patient engagement skills.
  • Comparing and contrasting biomedical research careers to opportunities in the practice of medicine.
  • Planning their pathway to Medical School.
  • Gain access to and pursuing a pre-medical degree at university.
  • Becoming a surgeon, doctor, nurse, or allied health professional.

Earn your certificate

After your amazing summer of discovery, we know that you’ll want to share your success with your family, friends and teachers back at home. We also know that you’ll want to understand from your ORA tutor what you did particularly well on your course, but also where there might be room for future learning and development.

After successfully completing your course, you’ll receive a graduation certificate, awarded at a memorable ceremony hosted for you and your parents on the final Friday of your summer school. We’ll also provide a detailed report card, highlighting all that you have achieved during your time with us, as well as some next steps for future success.

Learn from the world’s best minds

Have you ever wondered what it takes to make a new discovery at the cutting edge of science? Would you like to learn what it’s like to study in an Oxford tutorial, a Cambridge supervision, or in a top British boarding school? Or explore whether university study in your favourite subject is really for you?

Whatever your motivation, our exceptional, inspiring, world-leading teachers can help you achieve more this summer. Our amazing array of talented tutors includes Oxbridge academics, Ivy League lecturers, groundbreaking medical researchers, glittering industry leaders in film and fashion, acclaimed authors, and more!

We assemble our diverse faculty from all over the world, exclusively for you, so you only learn from the very best. Every tutor will guide you on your path to future greatness.

Join exciting trips and activities

At Oxford Royale Academy, we strive to offer a summer of fun and enjoyment alongside your academic immersion.

We can help you uncover Oxford’s secrets, from the best coffee shops to the dreamiest riverside parks, from Oxford’s very own castle to must-visit shops, galleries and museums. Alongside your new friends from around the world, you will enjoy a busy extra-curricular timetable, including a sophisticated graduation ceremony and dinner, guest talks from Oxford researchers and academics, excursions offering a glimpse of Britain’s past, and much more.

Useful Information

Arrival and Departure

Welcome to the Summer School Arrivals and Departures Hub. Here you can find all the information you need prior to departure including information about flights, transfer options and other important information regarding your arrival and departure.

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COVID-19 Response

As members of the British Safety Council, student safety is our top priority. Our coronavirus measures go beyond the latest UK government and Public Health England guidance, and as a minimum, guarantee a number of key features.

What to Bring

You will receive a Welcome Pack after you enrol. Your Welcome Pack will provide a full list of what to pack and which personal items and travel documents you will bring with you when you join the programme

Guest Speakers

We believe that the chance to talk frankly and openly with leading figures from the worlds of culture, media, sport and academia allows our students to develop both their confidence and their analytical skills. Each of our speakers presents on a topic that they are world experts on before fielding questions from our student audience.

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