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In2MedSchool is United Kingdom's Leading Widening Participation Initiative 

 

In2MedSchool is an award-winning, registered charity. Our community of volunteers work with students, schools and communities to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds apply to study Medicine and healthcare-related degrees at university.

We provide free support through:

 

1-to-1 mentorship from a UK medical student or doctor;

Online and in-person events related to medical school applications, lifestyle medicine, and medical career options;

School visits introducing younger students to healthcare careers;

Resources related to the medical school application process;

Work experience opportunities through our collaborations with hospitals,

GP surgeries and nursing homes.

In2MedSchool: How It All Began

In2MedSchool developed as an idea during the summer of 2020 with a LinkedIn post from our Founder Brian Wang. Following his initial post, Brian received over a 100 volunteer signs-ups from medical students and junior doctors all over the UK, and he worked to locate the schools and to identify Mentees throughout the summer.

During this time, our Co-Founder Gabriela Barzyk who signed up to be a mentor on the original LinkedIn post, was contacted by Brian regarding potential two mentees in her remit. Gabriela replied asking if Brian needed any help with the initiative. At this point, Brian was trying to manage the 100+ sign-ups independently and was eager for support. Brian and Gabriela met virtually, and Gabriela came up with the idea to contact Warwick medical students via social media channels to try gain more mentors. Overnight, 80 new mentor sign ups were gained, and Gabriela and Brian quickly realised this was a great way to drive recruitment.

With many meetings to recruit local leads at each university, the initiative went from 100+ sign ups at the beginning of September 2020, to 1500+ sign ups by the end of September 2020, and the first Mentor cohort was formed under Gabriela’s guidance at Warwick Medical School.

With each new “Regional Head” being recruited to lead mentor cohorts, In2MedSchool team began taking its shape, and the organisation gained its official name while developing the foundations for the initiative.

​Since then, many of our wonderful Regional Heads became Officers to lead the drive, eventually becoming Directors when the organisation became a charity in February 2022. The team have been tirelessly working on developing variety or resources and events to support the Mentees and Mentors on our mentorship programme.

 

Now at over 3,000 Mentees and 4,000 volunteers in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, we hope to continue driving change for widening participation students. 

Our Mission, Vision, & Values

 

 

Our Mission

To provide a support network for students from widening participation backgrounds, who aim to study medicine and get to university, by providing regular mentoring, numerous resources, and various enrichment opportunities to:

​Drive their personal development;

Ensure they make the right career choices;

And to empower them to see their potential.

 

Our Vision

 

 

In2MedSchool aims to eliminate barriers faced by widening participation students and shaping a healthcare workforce representative of the community it serves.

 

Our Core Values

Community – we believe in the power of our community in supporting each other and understand that community development is a vital tool for social transformation. 

Inclusivity – we are committed to promoting equitable opportunities which recognise and respect the rich diversity and differences of the people we work with and serve.  

Enrichment – we strive to provide valuable activities, opportunities and resources that enrich our members, and ongoingly challenge ourselves to grow and push boundaries.  

Sustainability – we are thorough and analytical in our operational activities, aiming to set high standards which ensure that the organisation can run smoothly and benefit our members in the long term.

Championing – we believe in empowering students from widening participation backgrounds, advocating for them and championing for a wider systemic change.

In2MedSchool is a Registered Charity in The United Kingdom.

 

 

 

We are pleased to present our impact report for the academic year of 2021/22.

 

The impact report highlights the activities that we have carried out and the impact that it has made to our target outreach group over the academic year of Sept 2021-August 2022.

 

It covers the work that all of our different departments have achieved in this time period and the plans for the current academic year that we are in.

 

Read our report here.

Our Impact Report

Our Awards & Achievements

Student Social Mobility Awards,

Highest Impact New Initiative 2023

National Widening Participation Conference 2020,

Most Sustainable Project

 

National Diversity Awards 2023,

Most Sustainable Project Award

Social Enterprise 100,

Top 100 Social Enterprises by Natwest

Third Sector Awards 2023,

Community Champions