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11 November 2019

KMMS chosen to co-host summer schools to help students gain access to medical careers

The Kent and Medway Medical School (KMMS), in partnership with Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), has been chosen to run one of five Medical Schools Council (MSC) Summer Schools next year.

Funded by Health Education England, MSC Summer Schools are residential events for young people in England who are thinking about a career as a doctor, in particular those who are from areas where few students apply to study medicine. The summer schools will offer valuable experience for under-represented students wishing to make the first steps in becoming a doctor.

Students will they learn about what it takes to work as a doctor, from clinical and communications skills to the values that underpin the profession. Host medical schools will create their own programmes, drawing from teaching resources developed by key bodies in the sector, including the Royal Colleges.

Professor Chris Holland, Founding Dean of the KMMS, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen with Brighton and Sussex Medical School to co-host one of only five MSC Summer Schools.

“We want to encourage aspiring doctors from all backgrounds to consider medicine as a career and are committed to widening access to medical degrees. The summer schools are such a great way to encourage year 11 and 12 students from underrepresented communities in Kent and Sussex that traditionally produce low numbers of doctors to consider careers in medicine.”

Professor Malcolm Reed, Dean of BSMS, added: “Widening participation into medicine is a key focus of our recruitment work, and we are pleased to be able to work with KMMS in co-hosting these summer schools. They will help make a career in medicine feel like more of a realistic possibility to many young people who may have thought it was something out of their reach.  This collaboration will emphasise and strengthen the growing partnership between KMMS and BSMS.”

Dr Paul Garrud, Chair of the MSC Selection Alliance, said: “Congratulations to the medical schools who will be hosting events next year. It shows how keen the section is to pull together when it comes to widening access to the medical profession.”

Katie Adams, National Senior Programme Manager – Widening Participation at Health Education England, said: “Health Education England’s widening participation programme has championed a range of programmes including supporting students from under represented backgrounds into medicine for some years now with the aim to encourage social mobility and ensure our NHS is more representative of the diverse communities it serves.

“We are delighted to be able to continue this support by funding these summer schools across England as they will reach out to students who previously may have thought medicine was beyond them.”

Applications for MSC Summer Schools in 2020 are expected to begin in late 2019. Dates and further information will be published on the Medical Schools Council website and the KMMS and BSMS websites.


Notes to editors

  1. The Medical Schools Council is the representative body for UK medical schools. The council is made of the heads of UK medical schools and meets in order to shape the future of medical education and research in the UK.
  2. The Selection Alliance was set up in 2015 to implement recommendations from the two-year Selecting for Excellence project, in particular to widen access to medicine and to make selection equitable, transparent and evidence-based. The Alliance comprises admissions deans and tutors from all UK medical schools.
  3. Beginning in 2015, the Selection Alliance has compiled a national map of all outreach from medical schools biennially. ‘Cold spots’ – areas where little or no outreach was in operation in 2015 and 2017 – have been targeted by several initiatives, including the MSC summer schools. To learn more, see Section 3 of the Selection Alliance 2018 Report.




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