Young Doctors’ Academy

Are you thinking about becoming a Doctor? The Young Doctors’ Academy will inspire you to find out what life as a Doctor is REALLY like. You’ll discover the different fields of medicine, get hands-on practical experience (including meeting real patients), and learn how best to prepare yourself for medical school.

Young Doctors’ Academy

Are you thinking about becoming a Doctor? The Young Doctors’ Academy will inspire you to find out what life as a Doctor is REALLY like. You’ll discover the different fields of medicine, get hands-on practical experience (including meeting real patients), and learn how best to prepare yourself for medical school.

Latest Availability

1st-14th July 2018

Nearly Full

15th-28th July 2018

Nearly Full

29th July-11th August 2018

Limited Availability

Welcome to the Young Doctors’ Academy! This two-week course is a hands-on, practical opportunity for you to explore the world of medicine.

You’ll gain lots of real-life experience on the course – you’ll meet real patients, learn how to use a stethoscope, perform CPR and even have a go at a heart 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.

This course is perfect for you if you’re considering:
 

  • Becoming a doctor, or going into medical research
  • Applying to Medical School in the future
  • Studying science and the human body

Our Learning Philosophy

We want to help you discover your future study and career path, and we don’t think you can fully appreciate what studying and working in medicine will be like just by reading out of a textbook! As a student on our Young Doctors’ Academy you will:

LEARN

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

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

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What’s life as a Doctor REALLY like?

Meet our Hero — an Oxford-based Doctor — who you can ask questions to, and discover what life as a Doctor is really like

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What’s it like to meet and diagnose real patients?

Our Mock Clinic Challenge gives you the chance to visit a hospital and talk to real patients with chronic conditions, so you’ll discover the responsibility doctors have for their patients

The Oxford Scholastica Academy has been one of the most enriching experiences I have ever had. It has inspired me in so many ways and it has given me a glimpse of what being a doctor is like. I have had the best two weeks here and I am so thankful for all the great opportunities I was given.
Tsin Tsin Lo, China

 

Entry Requirements

 

Aged 15-18

Keen to learn

Speak and understand English well

Young Doctors’ Academy Class Outline

As part of the Young Doctors’ Academy, you’ll take part in a series of 10 classes. The first class is an introduction to the course, your tutor and your classmates, and the following 8 classes are structured around the topics below – the final class will be a surprise, created for you by your tutor, focusing on an area of cutting-edge research in their field.

1. The Cardiovascular System

What is blood pressure and how do you measure it? We’ll discover the workings of the heart and our circulatory system. We’ll also examine the cardiovascular system and learn how to measure pulse and blood pressure

2. Respiratory Medicine

What’s really happening when we breathe? We’ll explore the anatomy of the lungs and the function of breathing as we examine the respiratory system. You’ll also learn to identify conditions that affect people’s breathing and how these could be treated

3. Abdominal Medicine and Surgery

How do our bodies process food? Discover the anatomy of the abdomen including the stomach, liver and intestines – plus explore our kidneys’ role in keeping us alive

4. The Nervous System

What’s the difference between the central and peripheral nervous system? Learn how we think, feel and move, and what can go wrong as we explore the anatomy of our brain and our nervous system

5. The Brain and the Mind

How can you treat a mental illness? Explore common mental illnesses including depression, dementia and autism. With your new knowledge, we’ll work together to devise biological, psychological and social management plans for mentally ill patients

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6. Medical Ethics

How do you decide what’s right, or wrong? We’ll explore ethical “ground rules” that are established amongst medical professionals, and debate common dilemmas from real clinical cases

7. The Future of Medicine

What is the future of medicine? In this class, you’ll research a developing topic in medical sciences and have the chance to present your findings to the rest of your classmates

8. Develop Clinical Skills

What clinical skills do doctors need? In this class we’ll outline a number of routine clinical skills, including how to administer injections, examine the retina, work out doses of medicine, and test the biochemistry of urine

Are you ready for our Mock Clinic Challenge?

Are you up for the challenge of meeting and diagnosing real patients at a real hospital?

In the mock clinic challenge, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and talk with REAL patients with chronic medical conditions as you put what you’ve learned from your classes into practice!

Demonstrate your clinical and communication skills as you:
 

  • Speak to the patients about their symptoms and their experiences of the healthcare system
  • Present a patient to the Doctor and discuss how the patient’s care may be improved
  • Get a feel for the responsibility that doctors have towards their patients and the importance of patient confidentiality

 

Full Accreditation

We have been independently accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC) as a short course provider for Independent Further and Higher Education. The BAC have assessed our teaching quality, pastoral care, and overall standards.

Meet your Tutor and Hero

Veronika Lipkova, BA Hons, MSc

Veronika studied Biology at Princeton University. She was awarded the Davies Scholarship as a United World College Scholar and graduated magna cum laude.

Thereafter she moved on to study a Master’s in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, which convinced her to shift gears a little and study postgraduate medicine at Oxford University.

Veronika loves tutoring and has been working and volunteering as a tutor and camp leader for nearly 10 years.

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

 

Dr Bob Yang

You’ll have the opportunity to meet our Hero, Bob, a Doctor.

Bob studied at Imperial College London, graduating in 2013 with first class honours, five distinctions and two University Prizes.

Bob has been working as a Doctor in Oxford, focussing mainly on surgery. He has had surgical experience in a variety of fields, from Vascular to Orthopaedics to Plastics and Reconstructive surgery.

Bob has won awards at the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetics Surgeons and the Royal College of Anaesthetists. He has published research papers in a number of scientific journals.

Masterclasses

In addition to your classes, you'll get to mingle with the students from other courses in our Masterclasses. These masterclasses are designed to be an interactive and fun way to broaden your knowledge and provide you with new skills.

Get ready to sharpen your wits and 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 - here, 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 the opposition's points
  • Work collaboratively in teams to create and articulate solutions to big problems
  • Improve your self-confidence, speaking, and listening skills in this interactive session
changemakersWant to change the world?

Even small actions can have a big impact! In this Masterclass you will explore examples of people who are creating positive change around the world through their social enterprises. We'll then work on developing the tools you need to create an action plan to bring about change that you're passionate about.
 

  • Learn some of the ways the world has been changed historically by ambitious 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 - see our OSA Foundation page for examples of past students who have secured funding to pursue their mission

You'll one day be faced with a job application process, and we think it's important for you to understand how these processes work. In this masterclass, we'll explore:

  • 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
What do J.K. Rowling, Richard Branson, and Charles Darwin all have in common? We see them as highly successful people, yet they all had a hard time achieving this success. In this masterclass, you will learn how to grow from failures and setbacks and use them as a driving force to become smarter, stronger, and better.

 

  • Debunk the myths of overnight success and luck
  • Reflect on why we are all so scared of failing
  • Learn how to use setbacks to create future success

Greatness means different things to all of us. This motivating masterclass will get you thinking about how you define greatness, and equip you with the tools you need to create your own personal development plan to help you achieve your own version of great!

  • Explore your values and identify your purpose
  • Identify your strengths and innate talents, and gain awareness of your weaknesses
  • Develop a personal development plan so you can track your progress towards your goal

What does it mean to be truly happy? This thought-provoking masterclass, led by Doctor of Philosophy candidate Michael Plant, will take you on a mission to discover happiness: why it matters, how it works, and the different places people seek it in life

 

  • Identify what happiness means to you
  • Explore the impact technology and social media has on our day-to-day happiness
  • Learn practical things you can do to focus more on the things that make you happy, and less on things that don't

Volunteering MasterclassHelp make the world a better place for local children on an afternoon helping a local charity build a children's garden! This is a really fun masterclass where you get outside and hands-on helping the Oxford community. You'll learn about sustainability and how you can make a difference locally, 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.

Make friends from around the world

We welcome students of all nationalities, so you'll make friends with students who have come to us from countries and cultures all over the world. We also make sure you can all stay connected as part of our OSA Alumni community after the Summer too! In past years, these countries have included:

Graduation Certificates

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 of the summer course, at the impressive Saïd Business School which we hire for the evening.

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

Where you’ll study

Oxford Castle Quarter

 

Your classes will be held in the Oxford Castle Quarter, in a beautiful and convenient classroom, located just round the corner from our accommodation in the Castleyard complex. 

The historical complex was established almost 1000 years ago, with the castle’s construction beginning in 1071, and has been used as a Royal Castle, a court, and even a prison over the years!

Preparing for the course!

 

To help you prepare for joining us in the summer, both Photis and Shannon from our Community Team will be in touch to answer any questions and send you some helpful material you might want to look at before you come along. Like all of our core team, they'll both be on-site over the summer getting involved and joining in the fun!

We also organise group welcome calls before the course where you can meet Shannon face-to-face, and start to get to know some of the other students who will be your classmates!

Photis Loizou

Shannon Miller

Timetable

Take a look at our example timetable below. You can hover your mouse over parts of the timetable to get more information.

First week

 8am‑9am9am‑10am10am‑11am11am‑12pm12pm‑1pm1pm‑2pm2pm‑3pm3pm‑4pm4pm‑5pm5pm‑6pm6pm‑7pmEvening
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 airportDinnerIcebreaker eveningAn evening of fun introductory games designed to get you to know your new friends and our staff team
MondayBreakfastWelcome and Introductory ClassYou'll be introduced to Oxford Scholastica, and get your first chance to meet your Tutors who will talk you through the course outline and answer any of your questionsLunchYou'll have the opportunity to visit one of Oxford's many tasty, healthy cafes/restaurants for your lunch each dayOxford TourWe'll be taking you around the most famous landmarks in Oxford, from the colleges which inspired Harry Potter to the historic city buildingsScavenger HuntPut your new found knowledge to the test in our Scavenger Hunt competition, and discover Oxford's secretsDinnerIce CreamRelax after your first day with a sociable dinner, and some of Oxford's famous George & Danver's (G&D's) ice cream!
TuesdayBreakfastClasses and Independent StudyOur small-group courses are conducted by our hand-picked tutors. Each day you'll have a two hour class and be given some reading or work by your tutor to complete in your two hours of independent study. Just like a university student, you'll be trusted to work independently or in groups in your rooms.LunchFailure to Success or How to Be Great MasterclassesLearn 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.DinnerOutdoor ShakespeareTonight we'll be watching a Shakespeare play in the beautiful surroundings of the city.
WednesdayBreakfastClasses and Independent StudyLunchPuntingA 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, and this is one of our students' favourite events each yearPicnic DinnerParks' GamesAfter our punting afternoon we'll spend the evening having a picnic and playing games by the banks of the river in the Oxford University Parks, arguably the most beautiful park in Oxford
ThursdayBreakfastClasses and Independent StudyWindsor 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.
FridayBreakfastClasses and Independent StudyLunchApplications MasterclassMany of you will be thinking about your future life after school. In this interactive afternoon, we'll guide you through the job applications process, or the process for applying to UK universities for further studyDinnerActive ActivitiesJoin our Activities Coordinators as they lead active activities outside, to make the most of the summer. Choices have previously ranged from yoga to rugby, dancing to football, frisbee to zumba, and many more!
SaturdayBreakfastClasses and Independent StudyLunchThe 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 designing a Magazine (Creative Writing) to a mock trial (Law), your teamwork skills will be tested to the max in our afternoon of fun ChallengesDinnerFilm NightAfter a hard day of putting your learning into practice, chill out in your accommodation with your friends and watch a film. Popcorn provided!

Second week

 8am‑9am9am‑10am10am‑11am11am‑12pm12pm‑1pm1pm‑2pm2pm‑3pm3pm‑4pm4pm‑5pm5pm‑6pm6pm‑7pmEvening
SundayBreakfastHero SessionYou'll get the opportunity to meet your course Hero, a young professional who has studied your subject and has gone on to some impressive things in his/her early career. You'll be inspired to discover a possible career you might like to go into, and what a day-in-the-life in this line of work entails. You'll also do a hands-on task related to the typical work you might do in this career, as well as the opportunity to ask your Hero lots of questions.BrunchYou'll eat a delicious brunch in the beautiful dining hall of Corpus Christi CollegeFree TimeYou'll have free time this afternoon, giving you the opportunity to explore some of Oxford's famous museums including the Ashmolean, the world's first university museum, go shopping or alternatively relax and have some downtimeDinnerOSA International BallJoin us for the much anticipated Oxford Scholastica Ball. Put on your finest clothes, represent your country in national dress, and experience a magical evening cruising down the river with your friends
MondayBreakfastClasses and Independent StudyLunchDebating MasterclassIn the famous surroundings of the Oxford Union, sharpen your debating skills and put them to the test against your peersDinner
TuesdayBreakfastClasses and Independent StudyLunchChange the World MasterclassDo you want to make the world a better place? Our Change the World Masterclass will introduce you to the best ways to go about putting your ideas into reality and inspire you with stories of our alumni who have done just that!DinnerConquering HappinessLearn from an expert exactly what it means to be 'happy' and how we can apply these ideas in our own lives
WednesdayBreakfastCambridge TripSee the UK's other famous university city - Cambridge. Take a relaxing punt down the college backs, while learning about the town's history, and take the opportunity to visit some of its beautiful colleges.
ThursdayBreakfastClasses and Independent StudyLunchBicester Village, Football Tournament or Free TimeYou'll have the opportunity to go to Bicester Village, Europe's luxury shopping capital, or take part in our football tournament at the famous Iffley Road Sports Centre (where the first sub four minute mile was run by Roger Bannister in 1954), or alternatively you can take the opportunity to have some free time and relax.DinnerOxford's Got TalentTonight you'll get to show off your skills in our talent show, and be amazed at the amazing skills of your friends.
FridayBreakfastClasses and Independent StudyLunchPacking and FeedbackGraduationWe'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 Yearbook which you can get your friends to sign. Parents and friends are very welcome to attend!BBQ and CeilidhDress up and see out our final evening in style with a ceilidh. A ceilidh is a traditional Scottish Dance, and local band Swinging Molly will be present to play the summer school out
SaturdayBreakfastDepartures

Please note this timetable may be subject to change.

Dates and Prices

LengthDatePriceBook
2 weeks1st to 14th July 2018£4,495Book
2 weeks15th to 28th July 2018£4,495Book
2 weeks29th July to 11th August 2018£4,495Book
4 weeks1st to 28th July 2018£8,695Book
4 weeks15th July to 11th August 2018£8,695Book

Recommended by Students & Parents

"It was truly an exciting and learning experience for my daughter. It helped her to discover the passion of being a doctor and to choose medicine as her career. Various assignments , activities and exposure to real patients during this course helped her in recognizing her own strengths and at the same time find ways to work upon her areas for development. Most importantly she made good friends which are always there to help her in different tasks of life e.g when she had to prepare for an interview in a medical college, she asked her Scholastica friends if anyone can give any suggestion regarding interviews. To my surprise all of them came up with so many suggestions and it really helped her out. Today she is in a medical college and I am happy that I enrolled her in Oxford Scholastica Summer Course."

Ayesha Mazhar Pakistan

"Oxford Scholastica didn't just give me a mesmerizing experience over a short span of two weeks, it helped me evolve as a human being. For my first ever summer school, I enjoyed spreading my wings and accepting all the challenges and opportunities the camp had to offer. From making new friends, to learning how to be independent, I learnt how to make the right choices and decisions. I enrolled in the Young Doctors' Academy, and have no regrets. I actually felt like an aspiring junior doctor practicing and learning with the most enthusiastic experts. Overall I really enjoyed my summer and made the best of friends and definitely encourage all adolescents to go and explore and take full advantage of this opportunity to be a part of an absolutely amazing community and experience their future aspirations in the best two weeks of their lives."

Muskan Seth India

"I could not have entrusted my daughter to a better course. The calibre of teaching, pastoral care, experiences and other students on the course was excellent. I researched many summer schools before deciding on this one and I loved that I could speak to the course leaders directly rather than to marketing staff of a large company who had never been to the location and had no direct knowledge of course content."

Rachel L USA

Not just for Summer...

We're often told that the two or four weeks spent with us at OSA are the best summer breaks our students have ever had, but we are passionate about continuing to support our alumni after those two weeks are over, and well into their futures.

That's why we've set up the OSA Foundation, OSA Inspires, and OSA Mentors — to help you stay connected to our network of incredible young people from around the world and get the support to need to make your future ambitions a reality.

Did you know that OSA alumni go on to change the world, in a whole variety of ways?

As part of our on-going commitment to helping our students be incredible citizens of the world, we set up the OSA Foundation to help them, by offering them a chance for continued advice, publicity, and funding for the ventures they go on to pursue.

By joining us this summer you'll be eligible for this funding and support for any future social impact project you set up or are involved with!

OSA Mentors is an ongoing programme of weekly coaching for any of our alumni who wish to be further supported by OSA after their course. Students are matched with one of our team and will have Skype mentoring sessions on a regular basis.

OSA Mentors is designed to give students greater:

 

  • Confidence about their skills, knowledge, and potential
  • Awareness of the possibilities and opportunities they could go on to achieve, broadening their horizons
  • Clarity about exactly which university, course, and career path to choose
  • Ambition to stretch and challenge themselves, setting goals which take them out of their comfort zone
  • Motivation to succeed

OSA Inspires is an online resource hub which aims to give students greater clarity over their potential future choices.

 

  • Discover how your interests and skills could lead you to amazing jobs you never knew existed
  • Think about how we can prepare for a quickly changing job market in the future
  • Explore what real life studying a subject is like with personal accounts from students across the world
  • Hear from professionals in a huge variety of industries to find out if their job sounds like a good fit for you
  • Get the tools and information you need to apply to follow your dreams

Ready to kickstart your future?