The Road to Medicine: Concord’s Medic Society

Led by Head of Science and Medical Coordinator, Mr Brown, Medic Society runs on a weekly basis inviting aspiring medics to learn more of their desired subject. Not only does it genuinely allow students to develop knowledge of the truly fascinating aspects of medicine and science, it also explores the techniques to ‘get into’ med school and to realistically achieve your goals.

In the first meeting of the term, Mr Brown clearly expressed that the aims of the society are to support all Concordians with an interest in applying for medicine, veterinary medicine and dentistry. Mr Brown, himself, aims for ‘the provision for those people to be better here than anywhere else in the country.’ Medical Society acknowledges the true competition of medicine and continuously aspires to really strengthen applicants in overcoming this  competitive barrier and to go on to achieve their desires.

Mr Brown also explained how he’d like to encourage students to find their inspiration and motivate them to have the background knowledge that they need. He believes that to become a successful medical student, one must be truly immersed in their subject, especially considering the ongoing competition. By sharing a broad variety of concepts, the society builds students’ confidence and awareness of medicine’s origins and it’s more modern successes.

With a variety of sessions, from interview preparation to thought-provoking lectures form external speakers, Medic Society displays a diverse range of teachings that a wide range of people will undeniably find helpful and intriguing.

Specifically, however, the society is aimed for anyone with an interest in biology who also wants to make a difference to people’s lives. As explicitly stated by Mr Brown, medicine, veterinary medicine and dentistry greatly involve working with people and helping improve their quality of life. Interface and interaction with people is a key aspect of these subjects, so people skills and communication skills are incredibly important and enhanced by attending these meetings.

In one of the first meetings, we explored the top 10 greatest medical discoveries including antibiotics and the introduction of the vaccine. I thought this was very successful in displaying how medicine is such a broad field to study and interestingly, how our entire lives and perspectives on health have been transformed due to these discoveries and   developments. For me, the recognition that these discoveries have completely shaped all aspects of our lives is inspirational and drives me to continue in hope that I, like many others, can make a difference in the health and lives of others.

Alternatively, another session concentrated on the key qualities required to be a doctor, challenging students to question which of these they have and which they need to build upon. A realistic view on being a doctor and going to med school was highlighted to the students. In this session, the career structure for a medic was also clarified and students were taught about what to expect as a doctor. By keeping the reality of being a doctor clear, medical students are more likely to stay focussed and inspired.

So, what next?

Excitingly, a trip to London is being organised for aspiring medics to visit multiple medically historic sites based around UCL. The Medical Society has kindly planned for a few days in London, including a visit to the ‘Wellcome Trust’, Royal College of Physicians – Europe’s oldest operating theatre! Other appealing aspects include attending a tour of medical sights of London by a medical historian, learning first-hand about the history of the plague, cholera, and exploring how modern medicine is built around those foundations.

Nada Hammam – 6.1