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We have devised an exciting curriculum that will walk you through every step of the admissions process. Young people on all programmes will receive insight into medicine as a career, life as a medical student, and of course – how to get into medical school! We have developed on online platform, My AIMS.Guide, that will house all of the resources you need to improve your application to medical school.
The mentorship programme assigns you with your personal mentor, a friendly medical student that you can relate to. They are enthusiastic about supporting you to fulfil your potential when applying to medicine. Your mentor will be available by email, live chat, and video call throughout the mentorship programme and will meet with you each month. Together you can work through the learning outcomes of the programme, learning all about the differences between medical schools, improving your interview skills, and perfecting your personal statement. Your monthly meetings will enable you to ask questions and receive support that is tailored to your situation and needs. Your mentor is there for you.
In addition to your personal meetings each month, your mentor will also deliver workshops in small groups. These occur every month, either in-person or by video call, and allow you to begin networking with like-minded individuals! As a group, you will discuss and pick apart topics that are relevant to the medicine admissions process. Discussion, debate and self-reflection are traits of a good doctor, so we provide ample opportunity for you to improve these qualities. There are more key topics to cover, such as:
The programme also offers plenty of opportunity to practise being interviewed. These sessions will draw upon the knowledge you’ve gained throughout this mentorship for medicine. You will be interviewed by your peers from your group in order to feel comfortable in an interview setting. Slowly, you will work up to being assessed formally by familiar and non-familiar faces (all mentors at AIMS.Guide). Students on our scheme will have access to our “interview bank”, a collection of over 100 interview questions that are commonly asked by universities!
The programmes are designed to commence at the beginning of Year 12 (16 years old) and will continue until results day (2 years later). However, we would be delighted to have students join the programme at any time, either earlier or later.
We hope that you form lasting connections and networks from the programme too. Most of our mentors will be eager to support you even after results day, offering study tips and a friendly catch-up to see how you’re getting on at medical school!
We accept applications for our mentorship schemes throughout the year too. Some specific programmes may have deadlines but the team at AIMS.Guide will always ensure there is at least one programme you can join. If you’re unsure, Contact us.
All students wanting to study medicine at university are welcome to apply to the programme, however, where you live may affect which programme you can apply to. Currently, we have one programme for students living in the North East region and a national programme that is applicable to all. As there is a limit to the number of people we can mentor, those that meet the widening participation criteria will first be prioritised. Some region’s programmes may also impose a maximum cohort limit. These are shown on the region-specific pages.
We’re thankful to all of our volunteering medical students. It is because of our team that all programmes benefit from a baseline of good-quality mentorship. As a result, all programmes are similar.
However, in some areas we deliver a separate programme that offers additional or different resources. This could include more face-to-face sessions or organised visits to educational institutions. In some cases, the local programme may even offer access to extra learning material, local events, research projects or networking opportunities.
We endeavour to ensure every student receives the most from their mentorship for medicine and that they receive tailored guidance and resources. We are, however, limited by funding and any associated stipulations. We are passionate about improving access to medicine for those from disadvantaged backgrounds so we try to prioritise spending to those who need it most.
At the moment, we have one local programme in the North East. We aim to expand our serviced to involve more local programmes in the future.
At our first session we will ask you to fill out a questionnaire that will help us provide the best possible support. This continues throughout the programme to help us tailor our programme to your needs. This includes adding/changing upcoming events or material. We try to be as transparent as we can with all students and volunteers. If you’re having a problem with the programme, please do Contact us.
The programme aims to prepare students for their medical school application and for life at medical school. We have a curriculum of over 120 objectives so it’s not possible to outline them all here. As a brief overview, the main themes of our sessions are:
Currently, the COVID-19 pandemic means that the entire programme is planned to run online. We have a dedicated e-mentoring platform that was set up especially for this programme. Hopefully as the situation improves and in-person interactions are permitted, we will be able to hold some of our events in person.
Applications are open year-round and all students are eligible to apply. To start the process, fill out the application form that is on the programme-specific pages. Click the link below to find a programme’s page.