Before you embark on the challenging journey towards becoming a doctor, it’s important to work out if studying Medicine is right for you. Our Medicine summer school programmes can help you do just that. You’ll get to know the depth of scientific knowledge that will be required, as well as having the opportunity to try out practical skills such as cannulation. This offers you a taster of what you’d be studying as an undergraduate student of Medicine.
What’s more, our expert teachers also walk you through the application process for studying Medicine, so you can make a realistic assessment of your chances of being accepted into medical school. In combination, this gives you a solid understanding of what’s required of a future doctor, and a roadmap for what you’ll need to achieve in order to have the medical career you aspire to.
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If you’re going to put yourself through the rigours of getting into medical school, it’s important to be sure that becoming a doctor is the right career choice for you.
With Oxford Royale Academy, you’ll have the opportunity to find out what the day-to-day life of a qualified doctor is like – including learning some of the key hands-on skills used by doctors. You’ll also explore the different career paths that you can take after qualifying, from specialising in areas such as paediatrics or surgery, becoming a GP or doing further study to go into another field such as public health or medical negligence.
A vital part of any medical school interview is the discussion of medical ethics – not least because it’s important for future doctors to have considered their views in this area.
As a medical student, you’ll be expected to be able to explain your opinions on ethical questions such as abortion, euthanasia and treating patients who are unable to consent. Discussing questions like these, at an appropriate level for students of different ages, is therefore an essential component of our Medicine programmes. What’s important isn’t the conclusion that students come to, but that they are able to think for themselves, defend their own opinions and respect the views of others.
Medical school university applications are famously challenging. In the UK, not only are they more complicated, they’re also subject to the early application deadline, so you have less time to complete your application. That means getting expert advice on your application is particularly valuable so you can get it ready to submit on time.
Our teachers can support you in every aspect of your university application, from guidance on how to get your grades up, to feedback on your personal statement, to interview practice, to tips on excelling in the BMAT and UCAT exams, which are required for admission to British medical schools.
Wander around Oxford and you’ll soon see the evidence of its history of medical development and innovation.
One of the city’s most celebrated landmarks, the Radcliffe Camera, was made possible through a legacy from Dr John Radcliffe, a physician who among other things, was famous for treating Jane Spencer of Yarnton Manor (where our International Study Centre is now based). In the modern day, the University of Oxford’s medical school has frequently been ranked as the very best in the world.
If you’re planning to study a subject as demanding as Medicine, it’s important to make sure that your study skills are the best they can be, so you can cope with the workload required.
During your time with Oxford Royale Academy, you can learn study skills such as time management and exam technique, and you can also use the summer school as an opportunity to test out new study approaches to see if they work for you. Not only will this help you as a future medical student, you might also be able to put your new skills into practice as soon as you go back to school.
“Living in such a prestigious and diverse academic setting, even if it was just for two weeks, helped me decide what I wanted to study at university.”
- Aiche, Mali
“I learnt a lot from my academic immersion at ORA, not just about the topics of my selected courses, but also how to organise and express my thoughts in the most effective way.”
- Livia, Italy
I have gained more knowledge, and can therefore make more of an impact on the world. I think that my future goals have become clearer as I have explored options at ORA.
- Nia, Belize
“This is exactly what it means to be a part of a big international family. ORA is a place where everyone cares for you and everyone is ready to help you.”
- Serly, Armenia
“Year after year the allure of ORA has pulled me back. I met many different people during my first two weeks in ORA, from different cultures and backgrounds.”
- Sara, Greece