OxBright Medicine

Are you interested in studying Medicine and serious about taking your passion further? OxBright Medicine is designed for bright students who know they want to study Medicine at University in the future.

You’ll expand your knowledge of Medicine, become more confident discussing it, and get the edge in your future Medical School applications.

Medicine

What is OxBright Medicine?

OxBright Medicine increases your chances of getting into your dream Medical School in the future by taking you beyond the school curriculum.

You’ll experience weekly live Tutorials led by your expert Medicine Mentor. You’ll discuss topics you don’t cover at school, be able to ask lots of questions, and gain insights into the skills leading universities value most.

You’ll also be part of our thriving online community of like-minded students passionate about developing their medical knowledge and skills.

Schools often don’t have teachers with Medicine degrees or with up-to-date knowledge of studying Medicine. OxBright is here to solve this and help you in your pathway towards Medicine.

Read on to find out more about joining our OxBright Medicine community.

Why Join OxBright Medicine?

Boost Your Medical Knowledge

Experience weekly Tutorials, led by our experienced Medicine Mentor Omar. You’ll join your fellow Medicine OxBrighters in discussing important medical topics each week, enhancing your knowledge of the various fields of Medicine, and helping you to discover the areas you are passionate about.

Develop Your Medical Skills

Medicine is not just about knowledge. You’ll also hone key medical skills on the OxBright programme, from learning how to engage with patients to developing your research skills. You’ll turbocharge your communication abilities by presenting on your areas of interest and discussing medical case studies with your peers.

Prepare for Medical School

OxBright not only gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your passion for Medicine to university admissions officers. Your Mentor will also give you advice on how to choose the best university, as well as guidance on how to write an effective personal statement and tips on how to fulfil your potential when you come to your university applications.

Build Your Confidence

OxBright is a community. You’ll be supported, encouraged and stretched by your fellow Medicine students from all over the world – from the UK to Australia, from China to the USA. While you may not know many people interested in Medicine at your school, OxBright gives you access to a supportive, safe community of young people in your shoes.

OxBright Makes it Easy for Students to Connect With their Futures

Your Medicine Mentor

Omar

Omar Ashour

MBBS

Omar is our OxBright Medicine Mentor. He completed his three pre-clinical years of Medical study in Egypt, before transferring to the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, where he is currently completing his clinical study.

Coming from a long line of doctors, Omar is well-versed in many areas of medical study, although he is personally particularly interested in Neurosurgery. You might recognise Omar from his roles as one of our Medicine tutors and residential support staff, too. He can’t wait to share all the most exciting aspects of Medical study with you!

How Does OxBright Work?

On signing up for OxBright, you’ll gain access to our online community where you’ll be able to meet your fellow OxBright students who come from around the world.

You’ll be able to join our weekly Tutorials, where you’ll meet your Mentor Omar. Each Tutorial covers a different topic, so you’ll get a wide insight into the different fields of Medicine. Our Tutorials are recorded, so don’t worry if you can’t make a particular session!

On top of this, you’ll be sent weekly short films or blogs on interesting medical topics, helping to keep you up-to-date on important and cutting edge medical issues with resources you can access in your own time.

There’s lots more to OxBright, though! Read on to find out more.

OxBright Medicine

Weekly Tutorials

Each week, you’ll cover a new topic led by your Medicine Mentor, Omar.

Your Tutorial will get you used to the university style of learning, which is very different to a typical school lesson. You’ll get the opportunity to actively participate in the discussions, stretching your knowledge about Medicine and developing your confidence discussing it.

You’ll also play an important part in shaping future Tutorials – you’ll have the ability to let Omar know the topics you’d like to cover.

Recent Tutorials have included:

  • Emergency Room Case Studies
  • Ibn Sina and Hippocrates: The Making of Medicine
  • The Pharmaceutical Industry
  • The Nervous System
  • What Makes a Good Medicine Personal Statement?

 

Videos, Blogs & Podcasts

OxBright is designed around you, so as well as the live Tutorials you’ll also be able to access content on demand. This means you can dip in and out at times of your choice, for example on the way to school or at weekends.

Omar posts regular videos etc. on the OxBright platofrm, and you’ll be able to interact with your fellow Medicine OxBrighters in the comments section.

Recent posts include:

  • Prevention vs Cure
  • What is skin cancer?
  • Cryotherapy

 

breath

Book/Film Club

Discovering and discussing books is an important part of the OxBright Medicine experience.

You’ll be able to deepen your knowledge of Medicine, while also building your confidence in developing an opinion about the subject and discussing it with your peers in a safe, supportive but stretching environment.

Recent discussions have included the following books, and you’ll be able to add in suggestions for future subjects:

  • When Breath Becomes AirPaul Kalanithi
  • Bad Science – Ben Goldacre

 

Patient Cases

Looking at real patient cases and discussing them with your fellow Medicine OxBrighters is one of the important ways that OxBright prepares you for the realities of studying and practising Medicine. You and your peers will take on the role of consulting doctors to evaluate a patient’s case and suggest next steps.

Analysing patient cases in this way stretches your diagnostic skills, increases your understanding of a wide range of injuries and illnesses, and provides excellent material for you to discuss both in your future personal statement and at interview.

From discussing emergency room trauma to unexpected fainting, the cases you’ll cover will continue to inspire your interest in Medicine.

Case studies with Omar
OxBright Guest

Guest Speakers

While Omar will be your main Mentor, we also welcome Guest Speakers to share their knowledge and expertise in various elements of Medicine.

Attending our Guest Speaker events will enable you to build up your knowledge of Medicine and hear different perspectives about topical subjects.

University Guidance

Ultimately, OxBright Medicine students are pretty certain they want to study Medicine at university.

OxBright is designed to help you plan and prepare effectively for your future, so Tutorials will cover how to put yourself in the best possible position to maximise your chances of success, such as how to choose the best Medical school for you, how to write an outstanding Medicine personal statement etc.

It’s important to note that attending OxBright won’t guarantee you’ll get into a specific university, and won’t prime you or give you the secret key to get into medical school. Instead, our Mentors will help you to get the clarity and motivation to give you the best possible chance of fulfilling your potential.

As with all our courses, while many of our tutors come from leading universities such as London, Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and others, it is important to remember that we are not affiliated to these universities.

university
community

Community

One of the great things about being an OxBright member is that you’re part of our community of like-minded young people from all over the world who are passionate about Medicine.

OxBrighters are keen to maximise their learning, love discovering new things and enjoy sharing with the community.

Whether or not you have lots of students at your school who are interested in studying Medicine at university, the OxBright Medicine community is a great way to meet new people who are in the same shoes as you.

You’ll be able to share worries, concerns and advice, as you’ll be on the same shared journey together – living proof of Oxford Scholastica’s belief that growing together is more valuable than growing individually.

So far, I can confidently say that the OxBright programme has made me even more sure about the career path that is meant for me. It made me want to pursue my dreams even more, and to get a clear idea about what it means to be an in-training doctor.

Furthermore, I have to say that Omar has provided us with very interesting conversation topics each week, that never fail to make me want to research and learn more about the subjects. (Which I believe will later on make me more attractive to universities). Moreover, I met some extraordinary people from all over the world!

Eleni

Subscriptions

When you join the OxBright membership platform you get a choice of three subscription types – you can either join monthly, six monthly (saving 3 weeks on your subscription fees) or you can join for a year (saving 7 weeks on your fees and gaining access to discounts on other Oxford Scholastica courses).

Join OxBright Medicine

FAQs

Who is OxBright for?

If you're a 15-18 year old who is serious about discovering, exploring and preparing for your future, OxBright is for you.

After nearly ten years' experience of running academic summer and online programmes, we've learnt that while schools are often outstanding at supporting students to get good grades, there can be a lack of current subject-specialist knowledge available for students to access.

OxBright aims to fix this. So, for example, if you're thinking about studying Law at university, you'll have regular access to our Law Mentors, current undergraduate and postgraduate students from leading universities such as Oxford, London, Cambridge and Harvard. They have successfully been through the process you are experiencing - from deciding whether to study Law, through to choosing the best university and course for them, to succeeding in their university applications and thriving at university and beyond.

Whatever your stage of your journey - whether you're thinking of studying a particular subject at university, whether you're weighing up which university and course to study, or whether you know you want to study a subject at a specific university and are looking to prepare effectively - OxBright is here for you.

What does a typical week look like?
Let's imagine you're an OxBright Medicine member. A typical week might look like this:

  • Monday: your Mentor sends over our podcast on Oxford's role in pioneering the COVID-19 vaccine, and asks you to think about some of the challenges involved in vaccine discovery
  • Wednesday: your Mentor reminds you of the film club coming up next week, and you’ll be tasked with watching The Children Act, a real-life drama about the relationship between medicine and law, focusing on the issue of consent in medical care
  • Thursday: your Mentor gives you priority access to our recent blog article they've written on the top 3 latest treatments in psychiatry
  • Saturday: your live, hour-long Tutorial takes place on "Artificial Intelligence in Medicine - How AI is Discovering New Antibiotics". You'll join your fellow Medicine OxBrighters and will have the opportunity to ask your Mentor lots of questions
When are the live Tutorials?
The live Tutorials usually take place on Saturdays around 1-2pm UK time (which we have found to be the best time to allow students from lots of different timezones to participate).
What if I can't attend a live session?
Don't worry! OxBright is designed so that you can access the content whenever you want. If you're unable to make a live session you'll be able to watch it back afterwards. We also have vlogs, blogs and podcasts for you to enjoy whenever your schedule allows.
How long can I sign up for?
You have the choice of subscribing on a monthly basis, for six months or for a year. Whatever your subscription, you'll get access to the same great content. The benefit of signing up for six months is that you get three weeks free. The benefit of signing up for a year is that you receive seven weeks free, and you also get 15% off any online course/conference/internship you book with us, and £300 off our residential Oxford summer school.
Is it easy to cancel?
It is no problem to cancel, and we make this easy for you - just let us know and you won't be charged the next month's subscription (if you are on a monthly subscription) or the next six month subscription (if you are on a six monthly subscription) or the next year's subscription (if you are on an annual subscription).
Where are the participants from?
At Oxford Scholastica, we have a diverse international intake, with students from around the world taking part (last year we had students from over 60 different nationalities!).
Will OxBright get me into university/college?
OxBright is designed to help you prepare effectively for your future, and part of this is helping you to think ahead to your university applications. So some of your Tutorials will cover things like how to choose the best course, how to write an outstanding personal statement and how to put yourself in the best position to succeed.

However, it's important to note that attending OxBright won't guarantee you'll get into a specific university. Neither does OxBright prime you with the magic secret to get into a specific university (there is none), tell you exactly what to write on your personal statement or let you know what to say at interview.

Instead, we stretch, challenge, guide and inspire you to maximise your chances of success. Our Mentors will help you get the clarity, motivation and skills you need to help you put together a compelling application, and in doing so will help you to fulfil your potential.

I've already done an Oxford Scholastica course, how is this different?

OxBright is designed to complement our other courses, and many students who experience our courses choose to sign up to OxBright (and many OxBright students choose to sign up for our courses, conferences and internships either online or in Oxford - if you sign up to the Annual Subscription you benefit from 15% off our online courses and £300 off your Oxford summer school experience).

Whereas our courses last anywhere from a full day through to two weeks, OxBright is there for you year-round, helping you to grow your subject knowledge and confidence over time. Think of OxBright as your personal companion guiding and motivating you throughout the week, inspiring and stretching you to fulfil your potential and succeed in your aspirations.