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Wider-Reading Medical Society!

Medic Mentor’s Wider Reading Society (WRS) is the ultimate haven for students looking to unlock the boundless world of medical knowledge beyond their school textbooks.

Dive into a captivating realm of exploration, where imagination and curiosity reign supreme. With the WRS, you can embark on an exhilarating journey of self-discovery, honing your presentation skills and transforming into a charismatic debater.

The Wider Reading Society hosts a presentation session on the second Thursday of each month, offering an opportunity for members to share their insights and perspectives. Additionally, on the fourth Thursday of every month, we organise either a stimulating debate or invite a distinguished guest speaker to provide unique perspectives on diverse subjects.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to become a part of a vibrant community of like-minded individuals united by their love for knowledge, debating and self-development.

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March’s Read: Bad Science by Ben Goldacre

During WRS meetings, we will have several presentations on different aspects of the monthly book, and dives into the world of healthcare professionals. This month we are focusing on the book “Bad Science” by Ben Goldacre.

Remember, active participation in the Wider Reading Society not only broadens your understanding of healthcare but also enhances your presentation skills and helps you become a proficient communicator. These are invaluable qualities that can make your UCAS application truly stand out.

Joining the Wider Reading Society (WRS) at Medic Mentor is not only a thrilling journey of intellectual growth but also a critical step towards a successful UCAS application. In today’s competitive world, showcasing a broad understanding of medical concepts and a deep passion for learning is paramount. By immersing yourself in the vast array of medical wider reading materials offered by WRS, you will acquire a well-rounded knowledge base that extends beyond your textbooks. This wealth of knowledge will prove invaluable as it will be assessed in multiple stages of your application process, including your personal statement, interview stations, and even the Situational Judgment Test (SJT) component of the UCAT exam. WRS equips you with the tools to confidently navigate these challenges, impressing admissions tutors and demonstrating your commitment to academic excellence. Don’t underestimate the power of expanding your horizons through the WRS – it could be the key to unlocking a future brimming with success in your medical career.

The Wider Reading Society (WRS) at Medic Mentor is an engaging and enriching platform designed to promote a love for learning beyond the confines of school textbooks. Students from diverse backgrounds come together on Zoom webinars (with cameras off) every Thursday fortnight at 7pm to delve into thought-provoking discussions and explore captivating books. By joining WRS, you gain access to the Zoom link through the free student portal, where you’ll also find valuable resources providing insights into each month’s book and debate topics. This inclusive and interactive environment fosters intellectual growth, encourages critical thinking, and nurtures presentation skills. Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with like-minded peers, expand your knowledge horizons, and immerse yourself in the stimulating world of the Wider Reading Society.

Membership in the Wider-reading Society at Medic Mentor is open to students from around the world who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine. The society welcomes students at all stages of secondary education, from those just beginning to explore the field of medicine to those who are working through their UCAS application journey.  So whether you just want to develop your initial interest or you are preparing for your medical school interviews, this is a fantastic support network and we welcome you to join!

To join the Wider-reading Society at Medic Mentor and access the fortnightly meetings, students first need to create a free student portal account with Medic Mentor. This account provides access to a range of educational resources, mentorship programs, and other initiatives that can help students pursue their career goals in healthcare. Once students have created their portal accounts, they can easily access the zoom link for the Thursday meetings, which take place at 7pm UK GMT. These meetings provide a unique opportunity for students to virtually connect with healthcare professionals, ask questions, and learn from their experiences. So if you’re an aspiring healthcare professional looking to connect with others in the field and gain valuable insights into the world of medicine, be sure to create your free student portal account with Medic Mentor today and join the Wider-reading Society!

We understand that students may have busy schedules and may not always be able to attend the Thursday fortnightly meetings. However, we want to reassure you that the meetings are recorded, and that week’s meeting will be available to you through your free student portal account, before it is replaces by the following meeting. These recordings provide a valuable resource for students to catch up on missed meetings and stay up-to-date on the latest developments in healthcare. Additionally, the recordings can be accessed from anywhere in the world, enabling international students to benefit from the knowledge and insights shared by our healthcare professionals. So if you’re unable to attend the Tuesday evening meetings, don’t worry – you can still stay connected with the Virtual Medical Society and continue your journey towards becoming a healthcare professional by accessing the recordings in your free student portal account.

Meet the Wider-Reading Society Student Committee!

Did you know that the WRS is run by student-led committee? This gives you a chance to lead on a national level and stand-out from other applicants by getting involved!  Meet our highly committed students and learn about what motivated them to apply for a WRS committee position! 

Recommended Reading

Looking for something to read? Check out our list of recommended reads from our Doctors and students below for some inspiration!

TitleAuthorGenre
Turtles All the Way DownJohn GreenPatient perspective (fictional)
Thinking Fast and SlowDaniel KahnemannCognitive psychology
The Prison Doctor: My time inside Britain’s most notorious jails.Dr Amanda BrownBiographical
Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue HospitalEric ManheimerCase presentations
Fighting for Your LifeLysa Walder 
How Doctors ThinkJerome GroopmanCognitive psychology
Seven Signs of LifeAoife Abbey 
BetterAtul GawandeEvidence-based medicine
Confessions of a GPBenjamin DanielsBiographical
The AppointmentGraham EastonBiographical
The Children ActIan McEwan 
In the Midst of LifeJennifer WorthBiographical
A Fortunate ManJohn Berger 
The Other SideKate Granger 
Trust Me, I’m a (Junior) DoctorMax PembertonBiographical
Where Does it Hurt?Max PembertonBiographical
Just One More QuestionNiall Tubridy 
In StitchesNick Edwards 
Your Life In My Hands – a Junior Doctor’s StoryRachel ClarkeBiographical
The House of GodSamuel Shem 
Blood, Sweat and TeaTom Reynolds 
Medical Ethics: A Very Short IntroductionTony HopeEducational
The Body: A Guide For OccupantsBill BrysonEducational
How it Works: Book of the Human BodyJon WhiteEducational
Send in the Idiots: Stories from the Other Side of AutismKamran NazeerPatient perspective
Hard PushedLeah HazardBiographical
Life Lessons From a Brain SurgeonRahul JandialBiographical
This is Going to HurtAdam KayBiographical
Being MortalAtul GawandeEvidence-based medicine
ComplicationsAtul GawandeEvidence-based medicine
The Woman Who Changed Her BrainBarbara Arrowsmith-YoungPatient perspective
Bad ScienceBen GoldacreEvidence-based medicine
The Body Keeps the ScoreBessel van der Kolk 
The Family That Couldn’t SleepD T MaxSpecific condition(s)
War DoctorDavid NottsBiographical
Do No HarmHenry MarshBiographical
States of MindMark Haddon 
The Brain that Changes ItselfNorman Doidge 
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a HatOliver SacksCase discussion
When Breath Becomes AirPaul KalanithiBiographical
The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksRebecca SklootBiographical
The Selfish GeneRichard Dawkins 
Unnatural CausesRichard Shepherd 
The Spirit Level
Richard Wilsinson and Kate Pickett
 
The Emperor of All MaladiesSiddhartha Mukherjee 
Trick or Treatment
Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst
 
The History of Medicine: A Very Short IntroductionWilliam BynumEducational
Homo DeusYuval Harari 
SapiensYuval Harari 
Organizational Behavior. 18th edRobbins, S. P. and Judge, T. A

Educational

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