Widening participation

According to the British Medical Association, people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds use healthcare twice as frequently as the average – but only one in five UK doctors comes from these groups.

At Hull York Medical School we offer a range of Widening Participation activities for schools and colleges to help raise aspirations, support young people's choices and encourage progression into medicine and other medical careers.

Current activities and projects

Sessions for Schools/Colleges

Please see the tabs below for more detailed information about the activities we are currently running, including dates.

If you would like to book any of the sessions listed, please complete our expression of interest form

Becoming a Doctor

Becoming a doctor is a website developed in conjunction with students at HYMS to provide advice and guidance about medical school, including the application process, interviews and work experience.

http://www.hyms.ac.uk/becoming-a-doctor/

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    Making Connections

    Making Connections is suitable for students in Year 12 and Year 13 who are taking Biology and Chemistry at A Level or Health and Social Care students.

    Making Connections aims to develop an understanding of the Problem Based Learning (PBL) method used at HYMS and to raise aspirations of students wishing to study medicine. The PBL method encourages students to apply their biology and chemistry knowledge to real life scenarios and develop learning outcomes based on these discoveries.

    Making Connections is delivered in conjunction with schools and HYMS and takes the following format:

    • Teachers attend a PBL information session and are given materials to work on with students
    • Students work through a PBL case and develop learning outcomes
    • Students research the learning outcomes in their own time
    • Students attend a session at the HYMS multi-functional laboratory to work on clinical skills linked to the PBL case
    • Teachers facilitate a follow up session with students to explore the learning outcomes of the PBL case

    Some of the comments of students who have greatly enjoyed the project so far include:

    • "I am even more determined to study medicine."
    • "It has given me an insight into what the learning would be like."
    • "It has developed my problem solving skills."

     

    Dates for Making Connections Sessions

    Teacher Sessions

    University of Hull:

    • 12 November 1pm – 4pm

    All materials for students will be provided in electronic format.

     

    Student Sessions

    University of Hull:

    • 26 November 2014 – 1.30pm
    • 11 February 2015 – 1.30pm

    University of York:

    • 10 December 2014 – 1.30pm
    • 14 January 2015 – 1.30pm

    Please contact Alexandra Jeffrey to book a session.

     

    Uncovering Medical School

    Uncovering Medical School is suitable for students from Year 10 upwards who are considering applying to study Medicine. This information based session focuses on the application process and the course at HYMS.

    By the end of the session students will,

    • Understand the admissions process to medical school including grade requirements and personal statements
    • Have learnt about the interview process and practised communication techniques
    • Know more about the course at HYMS
    • Understand what PBL is

    To book a session please contact Alexandra Jeffrey Alexandra.jeffrey@hyms.ac.uk

     

  • Secondary School Activities

    We run a number of events for secondary school students which feature virtual HYMS patients. Each of these 'patients' has been created with a particular age group in mind.

    Key Stage 3 

    Lucy

    Welcome to the Hull York General Hospital. Our patient Lucy has been in a road traffic accident and has been rushed to the hospital. We need you to work with the junior doctors to help save Lucy’s life.

    In this session students work in teams to diagnose Lucy’s symptoms and save her life. The project is completely digitised and participants are guided through the activities by a virtual junior doctor and current HYMS students.

    Dates for Lucy

    University of Hull:

    • 4 February 2015 – 1.30pm 

    University of York: 

    • TBC

     To book or for more information, please contact Alexandra Jeffrey 

    GCSE

    Gary and Neeta

    Gary and Neeta are virtual patients of two Problem Based Learning (PBL) scenarios which seek to demonstrate to students the links between science and real life.

    Students will work on a short case to try and find out what is wrong with the patient and suggest outcomes to reach a diagnosis. They will also have the opportunity to practise clinical skills related to the case.

    Dates

    University of Hull:

    • 18 March 2015  

    University of York:

    • 25 March 2015 

    To book or for more information please contact Alexandra Jeffrey. 

  • Talks in Schools

    HYMS Student Ambassadors are available to give talks and presentations in schools and colleges across the region. Topics include: studying medicine; life at university; and coming to HYMS. We are especially keen for our students to visit their previous schools.

     

    For more information please email Alexandra Jeffrey


  • University of York Science Trail

    Each year HYMS takes part in the University of York's Science Trail - an opportunity for local school pupils to sample a range of hands-on activities on a route around the University's Heslington Campus. Around 250 14-16 year olds take part in the event, part of York Festival of Science and Technology. Students who visit HYMS learn about and try out a range of diagnostic tests including testing blood pressure and reflexes, using a stethoscope and observing EEGs.

  • Summer school

    HYMS runs a residential summer school in July for local Year 12 students planning to apply for medical school.

    Activities include Problem Based Learning (PBL) sessions, clinical skills sessions, an ethics debate, workshops on personal statements and interviews, investigation of a 'model' patient, a conference and, for fun, circus skills and an evening of 'chilling'!

    The venue for the summer school is the University of Hull where participants stay in student houses for the three days of the school.

    A number of summer school graduates are now studying at HYMS, and comments from them include:

    • "This programme has definitely given me a better insight into the reality of medicine which you wouldn’t be able to experience from simple conferences like Medlink etc."
    • "This course is a brilliant preparation for application – it has put my mind at rest that medicine is definitely the career I want to work towards."
    • "I understand the PBL course much better and, after talking to the medical students, I understand it from their perspective."

    Please contact Alexandra Jeffrey to register your interest. Eligibility Criteria and further information will be available soon. 

  • Excellence Hub

    The Excellence Hub for Yorkshire and Humber is a regional collaboration between the Universities of Hull, Leeds, Sheffield and York.  The purpose of the programme is to develop exciting and purposeful opportunities for high achieving young people to help enrich their experiences in school/college.

    Events delivered through the Excellence Hub for Yorkshire and Humber are open to students from across the UK who have been identified by their school or college as being high achieving. Please note there is additional eligibility criteria and a set application process for applying for events.

    To find out more, please visit the Excellence Hub website.