Discover Medicine Academy

Interested in becoming a doctor? The Discover Medicine Academy will introduce you to medicine in a hands-on, interactive way where you'll get to experience what it's like to be a doctor.

Oxford Scholastica was the best summer of my life, and it’ll be extremely hard to top it. You’re certain to make friends because everyone is as nervous as you. I would have never done half the things I did this summer if it weren’t for OSA.

Carlota, Portugal

What’s it REALLY like to be a Doctor?

What's it like to diagnose real patients?

How will Medicine evolve to tackle the challenges of the 21st century?

Medicine Summer School Oxford
X-ray

Learn Clinical Skills

Practise looking at X-rays, basic dissection techniques, and measuring vital clinical signs including temperature, pulse, blood pressure and oxygen levels.

Surgery

Discover Surgery

Discover basic surgical techniques used to treat a variety of conditions and the challenges of completing an operation.

Lungs

Explore Medicine

Begin to learn the principles of pharmacology and how medicines are designed and used to treat disease.

ECG

Explore The Heart

Focus on the anatomy and physiology of the heart and cardiovascular system, learning how to use a stethoscope to listen to each other’s heart beats.

Heart

The Heart & Disease

Find out about how the heart’s system can fail in disease, and current medical and surgical techniques to treat heart disease.

Tests

Medical Research

Run a mini clinical trial to learn about how medical research is designed and developed.

Future of science

The Future of Medicine

Discover recent and future advances in medicine which will shape your future careers and international healthcare.

Ethics

Debate Medical Ethics

Discuss real clinical cases as an introduction to medical ethics.

Medical challenge

The Mock Clinic Challenge

In our Mock Clinic Challenge, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and talk to REAL patients with medical conditions.

  • Speak to the patients about their symptoms and their experiences of the healthcare system
  • Present a patient to the Doctor, as if in a medical clinic, and discuss how the patient’s care may be improved
  • Get a feel for the responsibility that doctors have towards their patients
Stethoscopes

The Discover Medicine Academy is a hands-on, practical opportunity for you to find out about medicine. You’ll have lots of real-life experience on the course – whether it’s meeting real patients, learning how to read an X-Ray or having a go at dissection.

On your arrival day, you’ll be presented with a stethoscope which you’ll get to keep. You’ll be asked to bring this to class so you can learn how to use it, and you’ll get to experience what it’s really like to be a doctor.

GRADUATION CERTIFICATES

Graduation evening
OSA graduation evening

On completion of the course, you’ll be awarded your Oxford Scholastica Academy Graduation Certificate at our Graduation Ceremony.

This is held on the final afternoon at the impressive Saïd Business School which we hire for the evening.

Parents are warmly welcome to attend, and the ceremony is followed by dinner.

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Meet our Tutor

Dr Rachel Mc Vea BM BCh, BA Hons (Oxon)

Rachel is a qualified doctor who works in Oxford.

  • Rachel studied Psychology, Physiology and Philosophy at Oxford University
  • She was awarded a Scholarship after achieving a distinction in Preliminary Examinations and graduated with First Class Honours. She was also awarded the University Gibbs Prize for outstanding academic achievement
  • Rachel studied Graduate Entry Medicine at Oxford, and has recently qualified as a Doctor

Please note, our Tutors and Heroes are subject to change.

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Meet our Hero

Dr Bob Yang

You’ll have the opportunity to meet our Hero, Bob, a urology surgery registrar in Oxford.

  • Bob studied Medicine at Imperial College London, graduating in 2013 with first class honours, 5 distinctions and 2 University Prizes
  • Since then he has been working as a Doctor in Oxford, training to become a specialist Urology Surgeon
  • Bob has won 6 awards at various prestigious national and international conferences and has published research papers in a number of scientific journals
  • Outside of work he is a keen sportsman, in particular in badminton, cycling and snowboarding

MASTERCLASSES

In addition to your Discover Medicine classes, you’ll get to experience our interactive and fun Masterclasses. These sessions will broaden your knowledge and skills.

changemakers
Want to change the world?

In this Masterclass you will explore examples of individuals affecting change in a global context, and then learn the tools needed to develop and enact a plan for changing the world yourself.

  • Learn some of the ways the world has been changed historically by audacious individuals and groups
  • Work with classmates to create an executable plan to create real impact in response to real issues
  • Develop real world skills and keep in contact with friends by continuing your cohort’s mission after the summer school ends

Volunteering Masterclass
You'll be helping to make the world a better place as we take you to spend an afternoon helping out a local charity build a children's garden.

Amongst other things, you'll learn about sustainability and how to make a difference in a practical way.

  • Gain experience of volunteering
  • Develop a personal connection to the Oxford community
  • Leave a legacy of your time in Oxford
Many thanks to our friends at the great charity Student Hubs for facilitating the session for us.

stress busting

Oxford Scholastica is all about inspiring you to think about your future at an earlier stage.

You'll one day be faced with a job application process, and we think it's important for you to understand how such a process works. We'll let you know about:

  • The kinds of things employers are looking for
  • How to demonstrate and fulfil your potential in an application form or CV
  • The key stages of putting together a successful job application

debating at the oxford union

Do you want to sharpen your wits and be able to defend your point of view against bright opponents? Our Debating Masterclass is a fun, fast paced and memorable session where you learn to master the fine art of persuading your audience to believe your case. Led by expert debaters, this Masterclass will be followed by a Debating Competition in the famous surroundings of the Oxford Union - you'll be following in the footsteps of Winston Churchill, Mother Teresa and Michael Jackson!

  • Develop your ability to think quickly on your feet to combat opposition points
  • Work collaboratively in teams to create and articulate solutions to the big problems
  • Improve your self-confidence, speaking and listening skills in this interactive session

Our Masterclass last year was led by Jo Cruse, who has recently been featured on BBC News talking about the use of emotion in public speaking:

Presentation

In this busy globalised, technology fuelled modern world, it's easy to get stressed out by work and other situations. Led by doctors with backgrounds in Psychology and Psychiatry, this fascinating Masterclass will look at:

  • Identifying individual patterns of stress
  • Exploring cognitive behavioural theories of stress
  • Developing personal toolkits to optimise performance under stressful situations

OUR TIMETABLE

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First week

8am‑9am 9am‑10am 10am‑11am 11am‑1pm 1pm‑2pm 2pm‑3pm 3pm‑4pm 4pm‑5pm 5pm‑6pm 6pm‑7pm Evening
Sunday ArrivalOur team will be ready to help you settle in at the accommodation. If you are coming from abroad we can happily help to arrange a transfer from the airport Dinner Icebreaker eveningAn evening of fun introductory games designed to get you to know your new friends and our staff team
Monday Breakfast Welcome Talk Introductory ClassYou'll get your first chance to meet your Tutors who will talk you through the course outline and answer any of your questions LunchYou'll have the opportunity to visit one of Oxford's many tasty, healthy cafes/restaurants for your lunch each day Private StudyEach day you'll be given some reading or work by your tutor to complete. Just like an Oxford student, you'll be trusted to work independently or in groups in your rooms Oxford TourWe'll be taking you around the most famous landmarks in Oxford, from the colleges which inspired Harry Potter to the historic city buildings Dinner Quiz NightTonight we'll be testing your general knowledge in our Oxford Scholastica Academy Quiz - with prizes for the winning team
Tuesday Breakfast ClassesOur small-group courses are conducted by our hand-picked tutors Lunch Private Study Success MasterclassLearn the secrets of successful people, as we explore the tips and tricks to become successful, and discover how experiences of failure have driven successful people to stellar achievements. Dinner Ice Cream tastingWe'll be visiting George & Danver's (G&D's), Oxford's iconic ice cream shop to taste some of their ice cream - something many Oxford students do regularly!
Wednesday Breakfast Classes Lunch Private Study Volunteering MasterclassVolunteer your talents to help the local community. We'll be helping to rebuild a children's garden in the south of Oxford, learning about sustainability in action. Dinner Shakespeare PlayWe'll be visiting the Saïd Business School's outdoor amphitheatre to watch an evening Shakespeare play as the sun sets
Thursday Breakfast London Day TripWe'll be visiting London today, spending the morning touring the trendy street art of East London. After lunch in the famous Spitalfields Market, where you'll have a chance to shop in their vintage shopping arcade, we'll be taking in a Shakespeare play at the Globe Theatre, a reconstruction of Shakespeare's original theatre on the banks of the River Thames. We'll conclude with a trip on the London Eye, a giant ferris wheel, where you'll see all the important sights of London Dinner London Trip
Friday Breakfast Classes Lunch Private Study Debating MasterclassOur experts will give you a hands-on introduction to debating. You'll learn the technical side to debating, as well as how to formulate an argument and defend it against opponents. For many students this, and the subsequent competition, is the highlight of the summer school Dinner Debating CompetitionThe world-famous Oxford Union will be the scene for our debating competition. You'll be putting into practice what you've learnt in the afternoon, in the setting of the Union which has seen speakers from Winston Churchill to Albert Einstein, Ronald Reagan to Mother Teresa, Michael Jackson to Dizzee Rascal!
Saturday Breakfast Classes Lunch The Oxford Scholastica Challenge Afternoon!This is the moment you've been waiting for, as you'll get the chance to apply the knowledge you've learnt so far. From designing and marketing an App (Enterprise and Computer Science) to a Mock Clinic (Young Doctors) to a Model United Nations (Leadership and Debate) to filming a play (English) to designing a Magazine (Creative Writing) to a mock trial (Law), your teamwork skills will be tested to the max in our afternoon of fun Challenges Dinner Oxford OlympicsThis evening we'll be hosting our very own Oxford Scholastica Olympic Games. There will be group and individual activities back at the house where we'll challenge you to see which teams can go Faster, Higher, Stronger!

Second week

8am‑9am 9am‑10am 10am‑11am 11am‑1pm 1pm‑2pm 2pm‑3pm 3pm‑4pm 4pm‑5pm 5pm‑6pm 6pm‑7pm Evening
Sunday Breakfast Private Study Lunch Sports CompetitionsThis afternoon you'll have the option to take part in our sporting competitions, including our Football Tournament on an Olympic quality astroturf Ashmolean Museum visit/Bicester Village Shopping Trip/free timeYou've earned a well-deserved afternoon off! Go shopping with our trip to the Bicester Village designer outlet, or alternatively visit the cinema, or just relax with your friends - the choice is yours. We'll also be holding an optional tour of the Ashmolean, the world's first university museum Dinner Evensong/Film NightEach Sunday evening Christ Church Cathedral hold a Sung Evensong sung by the famous Cathedral choir. This event is optional. After evensong there will be a film night back at the accommodation
Monday Breakfast Classes Lunch Private Study Punting IntroductionA punt is a flat-bottomed, square-ended boat which is powered by submerging a long pole onto the bank of the river and pushing the boat along - or as some people put it, pushing a boat with a stick! It is most commonly seen in Oxford and Cambridge, and is a favourite summer activity of students at Oxford. We'll teach you how to punt along the beautiful banks of North Oxford, passing Lady Margaret Hall and the University Parks, and this is one of our students' favourite events each year Dinner Riverside picnicAfter our punting afternoon we'll spend the evening having a picnic by the banks of the river in the Oxford University Parks, arguably the most beautiful park in Oxford
Tuesday Breakfast Classes Lunch Private Study You're Hired! Masterclass: Applying for JobsMany of you will be thinking about your future life after school. In this interactive afternoon, we'll guide you through the jobs applications process Dinner Treasure HuntWe'll be exploring Oxford tonight, with our Treasure Hunt around the city - with prizes for the winning teams!
Wednesday Breakfast Windsor Castle and Eton College Day TripWe're off to visit Windsor Castle today - the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and the Official Residence of Her Majesty The Queen. We'll then visit Eton College, the most famous school in the world, founded by King Henry VI in 1440 Dinner Frisbee EveningWe'll be relaxing after our trip by playing frisbee in the local park, who will win our Frisbee Championship this year?
Thursday Breakfast Classes Lunch Private Study Change Makers MasterclassYou're going to go on to do some amazing things in your life. Learn more about how you can make the world a better place in our Change Makers Masterclass, where you'll discover practical ways to realise your dreams. Dinner Oxford's Got TalentTonight you'll get to show off your skills in our talent show. Which team will win this year's award?
Friday Breakfast Classes Lunch Graduation and Prize GivingWe'll be celebrating your achievements at our Graduation and Prize Giving Ceremony and dinner at the famous Saïd Business School, where you'll also receive our Summer School Review which you can get your friends to sign (the equivalent to a Yearbook). Parents and friends are very welcome to attend! Dinner Ceilidh DanceDress up and see out our final evening in style ceilidh. A ceilidh is a traditional Scottish Dance, and local band Swinging Molly will be present to play the summer school out
Saturday Breakfast Departures

Please note this timetable may be subject to change. For example, you may have your Classes in the afternoon and your Private Study in the morning.

MAKE FRIENDS FROM AROUND THE WORLD!

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Secure Your Place on the Discover Medicine Academy

This course is perfect for anyone interested in:

  • Science and the human body
  • Applying to Medical School in the future
  • Careers in clinical and research Medicine

Entrance Requirements:

  • You must be 13 or 14 years old at the start of the course
  • You must be motivated and keen to learn
  • You must speak and understand English well. Please contact us if you want to discuss your English level

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