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Medical Wider Reading SocieTy

Debate & Presentation Competitions!

Our virtual societies provide a unique platform for you to delve deeper into the fascinating world of medicine beyond the confines of your textbooks. By attending debates and presentations, you’ll have the opportunity to explore thought-provoking topics, challenge your perspectives, and engage in stimulating conversations with like-minded peers and experts in the field. It’s a chance to broaden your horizons, gain valuable insights, and foster a deeper understanding of the complex issues that shape the medical landscape.

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Why is it Important to Participate in Debates and Presentations?

In the highly competitive world of medical school admissions, developing strong debating and presentation skills can set you apart from the competition and significantly enhance your chances of success. As aspiring doctors, effective communication is an essential skill.

Honing your debating skills allows you to articulate your thoughts clearly, logically, and persuasively. In medical school and throughout your career, you will encounter numerous situations where the ability to express your ideas succinctly and convincingly is paramount. Whether you’re participating in patient consultations, presenting research findings, or engaging in interdisciplinary collaborations, effective communication is key to building trust, facilitating teamwork, and delivering quality patient care.

Additionally, developing strong presentation skills is crucial for aspiring doctors. The ability to deliver engaging and impactful presentations showcases your confidence, professionalism, and command over complex medical concepts. Whether you’re presenting during medical school interviews, conferences, or in a clinical setting, your presentation skills can captivate your audience, leaving a lasting impression and positioning you as a competent and compelling candidate.

Where can I present?

Each month at the Virtual Medical Society (VMS), we hold a “Guest Speaker” competition, where the winner is invited to present at the last VMS session of the month. 

To apply, select your topic from the list, submit a 1-minute recording of yourself and let us know what you would talk about if you were to be our Guest Speaker of the Month.

Guest speakers will get 1 hour of personal mentoring from a Chief Mentor, as well as a national presentation certificate for their portfolio. 

Previous topics have included “The Ethics of DNACPR”, “The Importance of Mental Health” and “Present an Interesting Medical Issue”.

Prepare to present at our wider reading society with these essential steps:

  1. Organise Your Presentation: As you plan your presentation, structure your points in a manner that mirrors the flow of your discussion. Divide your theme into logical sections, ensuring clarity and coherence. Clearly state the key areas you intend to cover, allowing your audience to follow your presentation effortlessly.

  2. Add Depth with Supporting Details: To enhance the impact of your presentation, provide sufficient detail that substantiates your points. Incorporate references from ‘The Body Keeps the Score’, relevant research studies, or compelling case studies that bolster the credibility and richness of your analysis. These examples will serve to illustrate and reinforce your arguments, making your presentation more compelling.

  3. Demonstrate Insight and Passion: Infuse your presentation with your unique insights and passion for the theme. Offer personal reflections and interpretations, showcasing your deep understanding and engagement with the material. This not only adds depth to your presentation but also creates an emotional connection with your audience, fostering a more memorable and impactful experience.

  4. Proofread for Clarity and Accuracy: Before submitting your application, proofread it meticulously. Ensure that your points are clear and effectively convey your intended message. Pay attention to punctuation and tense usage, ensuring accuracy and consistency throughout your application. By presenting a polished and error-free application, you will demonstrate professionalism and attention to detail.

By following these guidelines, you will be well-prepared to present your chosen theme from book of the month at our wider reading society. Embrace the opportunity to share your insights, ignite discussion, and inspire others.

The deadline for submission will be the 2nd Friday of every month. All applicants MUST be free for the PREPARATION MEETING if selected. As a prospective doctor, dentist, veterinarian, or healthcare professional, this presentation provides the perfect opportunity to enhance your reflective skills for your university application. It’s your chance to stand out and demonstrate your commitment to making a positive difference in the field of healthcare.

Meet the Virtual Medical Society Student Committee!

Did you know that the VMS 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! 

Where can I debate?

Every other month, the Wider Reading Society (WRS) holds a Debate session. 

During this engaging open debate, we will explore various perspectives and delve into the profound concepts presented in the book. Whether you agree or disagree with the author’s ideas and/or the chosen debate topic, this is a valuable opportunity to voice your opinions, challenge prevailing notions, and contribute to a thought-provoking discussion.

Prepare your arguments, gather supporting evidence, and be ready to articulate your stance on the book’s themes. We encourage you to critically analyse the content, referencing specific passages, research findings, or real-life case studies that align with your viewpoint.

The debate sessions promise to be intellectually stimulating, as participants share their insights, passion, and unique interpretations of ‘the book of the month. 

Please ensure that you are polite a curtious at all times. Please respect other debaters viewpoints. Any rude or unprofessional behaviour will not be tolerated and the student will be removed from the meeting. We encourage students who want to get involved with the debate to make themselves known by rasiing their virtual hand on zoom. They will then be invited to unmute and share their thoughts to allow everyone to get involved. 

To be involved with the open debate, all you need to do is turn up and get involved the debate session at WRS. This is held on the 4th Thursday of alternate months. Please review the #wider-reading-society slack chennel to be kept up to date with upcoming WRS sessions. As a prospective doctor, dentist, veterinarian, or healthcare professional, this debate provides the perfect opportunity to enhance your reflective skills for your university application. It’s your chance to stand out and demonstrate your commitment to making a positive difference in the field of healthcare.

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! 

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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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