WHO WE ARE

In2MedSchool is a widening participation initiative which consists of over 2,500 medical student and doctor volunteers from across the UK wanting to give back to their communities. The initiative aims to support students from widening participation backgrounds with their journey into university, with a focus on medical school applications. Alongside mentoring, we run various webinars and provide a variety of resources to support our Mentees.

Our Central Team focuses on the smooth delivery of the programme, and is underpinned by the wonderful work of our one-to-one Mentors. Learn more about the structure and individual members of Our Team on National and Regional levels, including Trustees & Board of Directors, Officers, and Regional Heads.

Learn About the Programme and How the Project Began below or by clicking on the relevant subheading.

About the programme

PROGRAMME OUTLINE


This is a one-to-one mentoring initiative that runs for 2 years and allows you to receive support from a current medical student or doctor.

In order to join you must be in Year 12 (England/Wales), S5 (Scotland) or Year 13 (Northern Ireland).

The expectation is to have virtual meetings (1 per half term at minimum) throughout the duration of the programme.

The initiative is completely free for students and schools. No costs will ever be incurred.


PURPOSE OF THIS PROGRAMME


Allow students to have a personal Mentor to encourage them in their studies towards becoming a medical student and/or recognising what pathway is suitable for them

Support with BMAT and UCAT examinations

Support with personal statement, work experience and interview preparation

Our ultimate goal is to help young students with a passion for Medicine get into Medical School - creating a legacy of medical students, and to support students who decide to pursue non-Medicine pathways to make informed decisions about their university journey

ENTRY CRITERIA


Student must fulfil at least one of the following*:

Neither parent has attended university

Recipient of free school meals

Have been in care

Are a young carer

Estranged from both parents or guardians

Have a disability

Are a forced migrant

Are Black African or Black Caribbean

Attended a non-selective state school for GCSE/A-level or SQA Highers/Advanced Higher

Do not have a parent in a skilled profession

Live in a neighbourhood with low progression to higher education (Please check POLAR/Acorn data)

Speak English as a second language


*At the moment, In2MedSchool mentoring focusses on supporting Mentees from disadvantaged backgrounds who match our selection criteria. Unfortunately if you attend a grammar or private school, we are unable to offer you 1-1 mentoring however, you can still sign up to join - we will add you to our mailing list, and you will be able to sign up and attend our free events if you wish!

How did the project begin?

In2MedSchool developed as an idea during the summer of 2020 with a LinkedIn post from our founder Brian Wang:

"When my family and I first moved to the UK, we lived in a council flat and I struggled to learn English. At secondary school I had big dreams about studying Medicine but I didn't know who to turn to for advice and really wished I had someone to help me through. Proud to have recently completed my PHD in Cardiology at Imperial College London , my Bachelors at University of Cambridge and looking forward to joining the team of junior doctors in our great NHS... I want to create a supportive network for aspiring medics.

For this reason, I am reaching out to medical students and doctors who would be willing to mentor minority secondary school and college students, who may come from disadvantaged or underprivileged backgrounds, through the process of applying to med school.

This will be free to the students and help an individual with a passion to study Medicine achieve their dream.

If you'd like to help make a difference by volunteering as a mentor please do so below, or help spread the word by liking, sharing or commenting on the post! Please spread the word and lets make a difference!"

Brian received over a 100 volunteer signs-ups from medical students and junior doctors all over the UK following his post, and he worked to locate the schools and to identify Mentees throughout the summer. At the start of September, he began reaching out to a few Mentors to ask whether they would be happy to share the initiative within their university networks and to offer support with the programme.

With the first Regional Head recruited on the 8th of September 2020, the success of reaching out to the universities directly was noted and the In2MedSchool team began taking its shape. Following numerous meetings and more Regional Heads being recruited, the Mentor signs-ups reached 1500 Mentors by the end of September 2020!

Since then, the team has set the foundations for the initiative and been tirelessly working on developing variety or resources and events to support our Mentees and Mentors.

With over 3,000 volunteers and over 1,000 Mentees, the initiative continues to grow in strength.

You can learn more about our Trustees and Board of Directors, Officers and the Regional Heads and find out what their roles entail in more detail by clicking on the above links.

We aim to:

  • Encourage students with their A-level/Advanced Higher studies and offer them 1-1 mentoring with medical students and junior doctors.

  • Aid Mentees throughout the process of university and medical school applications, by providing a variety or resources surrounding entrance exams, personal statements, interviews and work experience.

  • Help students to recognise their potential, work on their interpersonal skills, and achieve their dreams of getting a place at a medical school.

Recognition

Winner of the Most Sustainable Project award at the National Widening Participation Conference 2020.

The award recognises "a project that is well planned and has the potential to be effective in the long term" acknowledging that "the project is resourceful and appropriate for the current working environment".

The conference was organised by the Medical Schools Council (MSC) and supported by members of the National Medical Schools WP Forum.