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National Medical Awards Programme
The Medical Awards Programme has been produced and taught by qualified Doctors, Vets and Dentists. It recognises your achievements with a Medical Award, unlocks valuable opportunities and helps you to work smart. The Awards guide you through the ‘non-academic’ admissions criteria for medical schools in a systematic way. The Medical Awards Programme is based on a mentoring process that is fun, enjoyable and takes some pressure and anxiety away from applying.
There are three levels of Award: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Students who achieve the Medic Mentor Gold Award (and obtain 1 medical school offer) are automatically guaranteed an interview for the opportunity to obtain a £12,000 scholarship for university. The Awards Mentors provide guidance on how to form a competitive CV that is well supported with evidence, alongside invaluable pastoral support to ensure that students maintain their wellbeing on this challenging journey.
Medical awards act as powerful indicators of a student’s potential for success in the medical profession. When admissions committees or future employers review applications, they often look for evidence of outstanding performance and a strong commitment to the field. Winning a medical award provides concrete proof of a student’s capabilities, as it is typically bestowed by renowned experts and national medical organisations, like Medic Mentor. It demonstrates that the student’s skills have been acknowledged and endorsed by esteemed professionals, elevating their profile and distinguishing them from other applicants.
There are 3 levels of awards that correlate to student year groups. You can join the Awards Programme at any time and you will be moved directly into the level associated with your current year of study. For example if you are already in year 12, you would start the Awards Programme at the Gold Level.
Bronze – 10/S3/Northern Irish 11 year groups (aged 14 – 15 years for international students)
Silver – 11/S4/Northern Irish 12 year groups (aged 15 – 16 years for international students)
Gold – 12-13/S5-6/Northern Irish 13-14 year groups (aged 16 – 18 years for international students)
Students follow the Awards Mark Scheme completing activities for those levels, accumulating prizes, certificates and evidence of valuable medically relevant extra curricular activities in the process, that makes them stand out as medical applicants. Students concentrate on completing the criteria relevant to their level of award e.g. Silver awards students focus only on completing the Silver awards criteria. When you complete all of the criteria for a specific award level, you are awarded with a certificate of completion for the Award as recognition for your commitment to medicine.
Absolutely! If you start the programme at Gold for example, you can use activities from year 10/S3/Northern Irish 11 onwards. This is line with medical school admissions criteria too. Medical schools rarely accept evidence of activities or prizes that you have completed prior to this because it is not ‘current’ enough for your application.
As you work through each of the criteria, you must ensure that you are gathering evidence of your achievements. The criteria for this ‘evidence’ is very flexible, for example you can submit a certificate, reference, email, screenshot, photo or even a video of your activities. This is not an exhaustive list either! We ask that you upload your evidence for each criteria onto your Medic Mentor student portal for sign off. This will also save all of your achievements in one place and keep you organised! This process will encourage you to collect evidence as you go along. It is far more difficult to ask for a reference from a work experience placement months after you have completed it. Medical Schools are also well within their rights to ask for your evidence at any point of the application process, and at random. That is why getting into the habit of carefully structuring and prioritising your extra-curricular activities and collecting evidence is a crucial aspect of your application process.
This depends entirely on how proactive the student is. You can complete your awards programme as quickly as you want, or you can work through it slowly and at a steady pace. This is up to you. However, there is a deadline to complete your Gold Award in order to be considered for a £12,000 Medic Mentor funded MedSoc UK scholarship. This is because all of our students that complete the Gold Awards are automatically guaranteed a scholarship interview. At the interview stage, all students are on the same level and the award is made based on interview performance. We do not take into account your grades, or any means testing. That is because these are merit based awards that are awarded on the potential of the students and their enthusiasm to learn and make a difference in the future. The scholarship interviews take place in the summer just before students start university. So the deadline to complete the Gold Award is June 30th in year 13/S6/Northern Irish 14, in time for the scholarship interviews.
Yes! The awards programme criteria are cumulative. For example, under the application knowledge criteria it states that at the Bronze level you need to attend one medical conference, and for Silver you have to attend 2. But if you start at the Bronze award, and you have already completed one conference, in order to complete the Silver award you only need to complete one addition conference (not 2) because the criteria stack on top of each other – it is cumulative. That means, that even if you start at the Gold level and you are working through all of the Gold criteria, you will automatically complete Bronze and Silver because this criteria is already contained within Gold. Therefore, you will still be awarded with all three levels of Award.
Awards E-learning programme: This is the first thing that you should watch after you have registered for the programme! There are detailed videos explaining every single criteria, their significance to the medical school application, and the types of evidence that you can collect to get signed off.
Awards Drop-in Clinics: We run virtual drop-in clinics every Friday for 2 hours on zoom. Awards students are provided with their own zoom link which they can use at any time. Doctors and medical student mentors will be available online during this time to answer and awards related questions that you have, and provide guidance on organising and arranging your extra-curricular activities to ensure that you are prioritising the best examples and collected the correct evidence too!
Extra-curricular activities: We run a huge range of extra-curricular activities at Medic Mentor to help you conveniently and effectively sign off your awards criteria and build up your impressive list of prizes, certificates and valuable experiences. This includes:
Leadership opportunities: You can take part in the Medical Leadership Programme, apply for committee position on the UK’s largest virtual medical society or wider-reading society.
Teaching opportunities: You can teach at society meetings, or within your own school with the help of Medic Mentor resources.
Presentation opportunities: You can deliver a presentation at any of our national medical conferences or society meetings. You could even win a presentation prize!
Research opportunities: You could write and article and publish this in a national medical magazine with Medic Mentor.
Prizes: You can apply for the national medical essay or art competitions that take place 4 times a year. We also run fortnightly competitions as part of the student societies, as well as medical ‘challenges’ during the school holidays!
Volunteering: Medic Mentor is an official partner of the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund which is the Doctors Charity in the UK. We regularly host fundraisers in support of the RMBF which will count towards volunteering. All of our students who take part in our virtual fundraisers are awarded certificates and references from the RMBF for their valuable contributions.
Medical Conferences: We host a range of conferences every weekend, where students can strengthen their application knowledge base and receive a certificate for their time commitment to their medical school applications.
At Medic Mentor, we have pre-prepared medical activities at the ready for students to easily slot into at any time. All of our programmes are designed with students in mind and so we ensure that they save as much time as possible while providing the maximum amount of impact. All of our Awards students have these at their fingertips, and it is no wonder that so many Medic Mentor students go on to become successful medical students and doctors in future!
You can register for the Awards Programme by clicking here. There is an administration cost of £50 to enrol onto the programme. This helps us to create your certificates, provide safeguarding cover, administrative support and the cost of running the storage and the IT platform. Students only need to pay this once and it will provide you with access to all 3 levels of the award. It is not a recurring cost.
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Medic Mentor is an all-in-one solution to your medical school application. We bring only the best resources for tackling every single component of your medical school application to one place. We are here to help you work efficiently, by balancing the UCAS application process alongside your school work and extracurricular activities. One of the best ways to save you time is to direct you to the best advice and resources so that you do not have to waste time searching for them yourselves.
We know what you are going through, as doctors and medical students who were in your position! By combining application knowledge, extracurricular opportunities, platforms to up-skill and boost confidence, it is not a surprise that Medic Mentor students are successful. Will it be difficult? Yes, applying to medical school is not easy. But through Medic Mentor it will be less stressful, and even fun. Let’s get started!
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