Young Doctors' Academy
Are you interested in becoming a doctor in the future? On the Young Doctors’ Academy you’ll learn about the different types of medicine, find out what a career in medicine is actually like, and gain hands-on experience of the skills needed to succeed in medical school and as a Doctor.
Medicine Summer School
Welcome to our Young Doctors’ Academy summer programme. In two weeks with us, you’ll be introduced to the field of medicine and gain hands-on experience of the subject.
You’ll be able to meet and talk to real patients, practicing the important skill of patient communication and empathy. You’ll also practice using a stethoscope (which will be yours to keep), performing CPR and dissecting a heart!
Most importantly, you’ll further your understanding of the medical field, learning about all the major topics covered in medical school.
The Young Doctors’ course will suit you if:
- You’d like to study Medicine, or related subjects such as Biomedical Sciences and Biology
- You’re considering becoming a doctor
- You’re interested in Science and scientific research as a potential career path
Our Learning Philosophy
Our summer courses allow you to explore your subject in a hands-on way, because we don’t believe you can decide your future career path just by reading a textbook! On our Young Doctors’ Academy you will:
Discover the fundamental anatomical systems, discuss medical ethics and consider the future of the medical field.
Meet our Hero – a practising Doctor involved in cutting-edge medical research – and ask them questions about how they got to where they are and what a day in their life is really like.
Meet with real patients at a London hospital, hear their stories and symptoms, and have a go at diagnosing them yourself in our Challenge
I never thought I would have such a great time. My course was Young Doctors’ and I learned a lot in very different ways. We learned the theory in class, but also put it into practice which was awesome and a lot of fun. I also made a lot of new friends from all over the world and I still keep in touch with them. I’m really grateful that thanks to Scholastica I have all these amazing memories that I won’t forget. Adriana, Spain
Keen to learn
Speak and understand English well
Young Doctors’ Academy Course Outline
On the Young Doctors’ course, you’ll have 9 two-hour classes with your tutor. On the first day, you’ll be introduced to the subject, to your tutor and to the rest of your class. The final class is a surprise topic, chosen by your tutor, which will focus on a cutting-edge area of the field. The other eight classes are outlined below.
1. The Cardiovascular System
How does the heart work? In this class we’ll learn about how your heart and your circulatory system keep you alive, and practice measuring blood pressure and pulse.
2. Respiratory Medicine
Why do we need to breathe? You’ll learn about the lungs and how breathing works in the respiratory system. We’ll then look at conditions and diseases that interfere with the respiratory system and why they occur, and discuss some of the treatment options available
3. Abdominal Medicine and Surgery
What happens when we eat? In this class we’ll explore the role of the stomach, liver, kidneys and intestines in processing food, and consider some of the conditions that affect them.
4. The Nervous System
What is a thought? We’ll discuss how the brain and the body work together to think, move and feel, and look at the peripheral and central nervous systems.
5. The Brain and the Mind
What’s the difference between them? In this class, you’ll be introduced to important psychological concepts. We’ll also discuss common mental illnesses such as dementia and depression, and learn about ways to treat them.
6. Medical Ethics
What is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ in medicine? We’ll consider the ethical dilemmas that are inherent in the field, and you’ll be able to debate your own point of view on moral questions.
7. The Future of Medicine
How is medicine evolving in the 21st Century? You’ll be introduced to medical research skills and choose a topic that interests you to research. You’ll then explore the future development of that topic and present it to the class.
8. Clinical Skills
What skills are used by doctors every day? You’ll learn some key clinical techniques, such as how to give an injection, decide the correct doses of medicines, test the biochemical makeup of urine and perform a retinal examination.
In the clinical Challenge, you’ll go to a real hospital and meet patients with chronic health conditions. They’ll tell you about their symptoms, and you’ll need all your clinical skills and medical knowledge in order to diagnose them and present their symptoms to a Doctor!
In the Challenge, you will:
- Meet the patients, and listen to them as they tell you about their conditions. You’ll need to make them feel comfortable and at ease, and remember the importance of patient confidentiality!
- Take down their medical history, and ask any questions you have in order to make a diagnosis
- Present their history and symptoms to a Doctor, and explain the diagnosis you are suggesting. You’ll then discuss a treatment and care plan for them with the Doctor
Fully Accredited Summer School
The British Accreditation Council (BAC) have fully accredited us as a provider of short courses for Independent Further and Higher Education. The quality of our teaching, pastoral care, and overall standards were assessed by the BAC.