Medic Mentor is a non-profit national medical organisation for applying students, medical students and doctors along with additional programmes for potential dentists, legal and allied health professionals. We specialise in helping applying students get into medicine, and award students with merit-based scholarships to study medicine at university. Medic Mentor is run by a UK-wide network of volunteer clinicians (doctors, dentists, lawyers, allied health professionals and vets) who provide UCAS support and teach students how to become successful future doctors, NHS leaders, dentists and vets. As a social enterprise, the money that we raise goes back into running the largest medical widening access programme in the UK, and a scholarship fund that awards students up to £12,000 to study at medical, dental or vet school. We have a wide range of free programmes to support students and the widening participation agenda.
Our mentoring approach not only provides application support but there is also a huge pastoral component too. This is a stressful time for our young people, and having practising clinicians (in fact a whole group of doctors, dentists, lawyers, allied health professionals and vets) believe in them has a big impact on their self-confidence. So by getting involved in Medic Mentor, not only can you support your students with their competitive university applications, but they will continue to receive that support during university too.
In addition, the vast array of educational programmes that are available, ensures that students (and parents) can select the level of mentoring that they need and tailor the support to them. Students are not expected to participate in everything – just the opportunities that they find interesting and that they can balance alongside their academic commitments.
Our commitment is unwavering: to help every student realise their full potential, thereby fostering a more inclusive, diverse, and robust future for healthcare and legal professions.
You can register your school for a partnership here. Benefits of working with us include:
Widening access to medical school is important because it can help to address the underrepresentation of certain groups in the medical profession, as well as ensure that the medical workforce is more representative of the communities it serves. This, in turn, can help to improve health outcomes for diverse populations and reduce health disparities.
Medic Mentor helps to widen access to medicine by providing support and resources to students from diverse backgrounds who may face barriers to entering the medical profession. By offering outreach programs, admissions support, scholarships and bursaries, and mentorship opportunities, Medic Mentor is helping to create a more diverse and inclusive medical workforce that better reflects the needs and experiences of the communities it serves. We offer a wide variety of free programmes to support the widening participation agenda.
Finance should not be a barrier standing between students and their career goals. That is why Medic Mentor offers a series of funding opportunities to support aspiring students in their applications to study medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine. All our Widening Access programmes are highlighted here.
A lot of organisations either completely focus on supporting widening access students, or are private companies offering paid-for services. This is one feature that sets Medic Mentor apart. We believe that ALL students should have access to the same high-quality information, no matter what their background. For this reason, all of our programmes are either free for everyone or if there is a cost associated with it, there are also free places available for widening access students. This approach has allowed Medic Mentor to be able to fund the largest medical widening access programmes in the country.
Our “Get into Medicine” conferences are online, making them super accessible! We have had fantastic feedback from students and parents and it is a great way for us to meet students from all over the UK!
Through Your Teachers’ Portal You Can Access…
Medic Mentor Teachers’ Advisory Group, is a forum targeted to harness teachers’ and educational professionals’ expertise in shaping the future of healthcare and law education. In the forum you will share your invaluable experiences and insights to improve our educational programmes for teachers, parents, and students across the UK.
Opportunities for Engagement
You’ll have the unique chance to engage directly with key projects, such as helping us develop our Careers Week activities and identifying the resources that schools find most beneficial.
Your participation will not only have a transformative impact on the career paths of aspiring healthcare and legal professionals but also offers an enriching experience for you. It provides an avenue to enhance your own pedagogical methods and expand your professional network through collaboration with your peers.
We understand the demands of your schedule. As such, our programme is designed with flexibility in mind, featuring monthly virtual meetings that typically last between 1-2 hours.
We recognise and appreciate the significant contribution you can make to this advisory group. This is an exceptional opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the advancement of education in the healthcare and law sectors.
To express your interest and be part of this exciting initiative, please fill out the form available at the following link: Expression of Interest Form.
Medic Mentor has dedicated workshops, specific to teachers, careers advisers and education staff, supporting UCAS applications. These free workshops will cover major aspects of students’ application process including:
where to look for vital sources of information
how to respond to common questions that students and parents ask
how to help students make an informed career decision
how to support students to become amazing future doctors, dentists and vets!
In reality, they are more than just a workshop. They are an opportunity to network with like-minded teachers from across the UK, share resources and expertise, so that you feel confident and up-to-date with all of the new changes in the medical world! We are sure that you will make invaluable contacts and friends along the way.
Join our Teachers’ Portal to access details of these sessions, and to sign up
With your help we have brought together over a thousand teachers and advisers to a common careers-focused hub. This a place where teachers with aspiring students who want to study medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine specifically, can come together to share useful application resources, network and ask questions. Our our chief mentors of medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine are on hand to answer your queries too. You can access this hub on Facebook.
As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting students and teachers …… We are proud to announce we are launching our annual “School of the Year” competition! Our community of schools is rapidly reaching the 2000 mark and we want to celebrate the successes of our schools and students that are engaged in the Medic Mentor Family. From each September, the Careers Team will be recording data relating to the engagement of students with Medic Mentor. At the end of each academic year, the three top engaged schools will win our coveted positions MEDIC MENTOR SCHOOL OF THE YEAR. We will contact Partnership Schools to apply for this.
Why Medic Mentor scores 8 on the Gatsby Benchmark
Accurate and specific career guidance is imperative for students to be able to make informed decisions about thier future. The 8 requirements of the GATSBY Benchmark form the foundations of each of our programmes with one crucial addition: our programmes are tailored to the students needs.
Our careers leaders are all Doctors, Vets and Dentists with decades of admissions experience between them, and they work alongside a national network of healthcare professionals to ensure that students are adequately prepared, informed and ultimately, successful. We have produced teaching videos and lesson plans to meet Gatsby Benchmarks in history, geography, biology and maths. These are accessible to Partner schools and colleges through the Teachers’ Portal
When you have signed up you will be able to re-watch previous workshops on your Teachers’ Portal
1. Where does the funding come from?
Medic Mentor is a social enterprise that reinvests money to fund students through a variety of educational activities and opportunities, designed for different students at different stages. We only charge for things that require a considerable amount of money to put on, such as in-person events or books. We work on a system where students who can afford to pay for events then help to fund students from low-income backgrounds, who cannot afford to pay for things. However, most of our opportunities are completely free to all.
2. What additional funding is there?
We fund 6 places per school for the Medical Leadership Programme for partner schools. We also fund free places on our summer schools and support students during their medical degrees with a Medic Mentor scholarship worth up to £12,000. We also support widening access to students through our Study Mentor programme.
3. Which schools are eligible?
All schools in the UK are eligible regardless of financial status, this includes state-funded schools, academy trusts and independent schools. We believe in equal opportunities for all.
4. How do you support widening access students?
We have a wide range of free programmes available, highlighted here.
5. Can teachers and careers leaders attend the conferences?
The Get into Medicine Conferences are largely aimed at students and parents and taught from their perspective. We have also found that teachers find it very difficult to commit to an entire day of lectures on a weekend. This is why the Teacher’s Workshops have been established to better suit your needs and your schedules. We would love to see you there! You can book up for these on your Teachers’ Portal
6. Can I book a doctor, dentist or vet to visit the schools medical society?
Our clinicians enjoy supporting students wherever they can, however, while working in full-time positions in the NHS, dental and vet practices, we cannot guarantee their availability to personally visit schools. For Partner schools we have introduced a system for schools to register an interest in talks delivered virtually by our student doctors, dentists and vets. Schools can complete an expression of interest form through their Teachers’ Portal. We have limited availability for these sessions.
In acknowledgement of this, we have an entirely student-led Virtual Medical Society that we encourage students to join (for free) taking place weekly. During these meetings a variety of special guests including current healthcare professionals are interviewed to shed light on an aspect of the application process or life in thier chosen career.
If you feel a “one-to-one” mentoring approach would better suit your student, we would suggest our Awards programme. This way the student has direct access to their own mentor (doctor/dentist/vet) who they can communicate with by telephone or skype to help them complete all of the essential non-academic criteria (such as volunteering etc) for their medical school applications. Many teachers have fed back to us that this takes a huge amount of pressure off of them too.
Teachers play an important role in the Medic Mentor Family. Teachers are often the best Medic Mentors because you provide invaluable support to our students and help them to reach their goals and fulfil their educational dreams and potential. We all know that the success of the student is a coordinated team effort.
This is why we are committed to supporting you with a wealth of career resources and access to our nationwide network of doctors and medical students. We are always here for you, on the phone, via email, through the dedicated Teachers’ Facebook Group, and even virtually, face-to-face at our free Teachers’ Workshops.
Medic Mentor acts as a bridge, connecting Doctors and Teachers. We are all in this together