As part of a non-profit national medical organisation, MedSoc UK reinvests proceeds from all of its events, books and the national magazine back into its applying and current medical students. One of the most useful ways of doing this is through the MedSoc UK Scholarship Programme.
This is an incredible programme that provides students financial assistance and mentoring, whilst unlocking invaluable educational opportunities that will springboard them into their chosen careers. This year, all of our final year medical student scholars have been offered Academic Foundation Posts. Our aim is to cultivate the next generation of game-changers, who have the skillset and experiences to tackle the issues faced by the NHS.
The MedSoc UK Scholarship Fund is the largest of its kind in the UK and is open to gifted and talented medical students studying at any of the UK medical schools. We are looking for the brightest, and most innovative young healthcare professionals who have the passion and commitment to take the lead on nationally impactful educational projects in partnership with MedSoc UK.
Our mission is to shape the future leaders of the NHS. The NHS needs a new generation of healthcare professionals who have the confidence and competence to take the lead and embrace change in order to improve the quality of care delivered. How will we generate these leaders of tomorrow? By recognising those with demonstrable potential, cultivating and enhancing their skillsets, offering unlimited professional mentoring support, and providing leadership opportunities, which enable students to manage nationally funded educational projects/programmes in partnership with MedSoc UK. This highly effective approach facilitates success and ensures progression within the healthcare leadership and management sector.
MedSoc UK are immensely proud to run this unique scholarship programme, but even more proud of our current scholars who have already published with MedSoc UK, transformed our teaching programmes and generated content for the benefit of the wider Medic Mentor network and community. MedSoc UK scholars are leaders, team players, presenters, academics, and mentors, and because of this, will make the best doctors, dentists and vets of tomorrow. MedSoc UK scholars are integral members of the Medic Mentor family. Our scholars are not only mentors to our aspiring healthcare professionals, but also mentees to our network of vice-presidents who comprise the Education Directorate, the management board for Medic Mentor (our sister platform for aspiring medics). As an organisation, MedSoc UK continually strive to give back and feed forward; we nurture talent, drive success and facilitate career aspirations.
MedSoc UK knows that the recipe for success is talent spotting, raising aspirations through mentorship and provision of the right opportunities at the right time which challenge and push leaders out of their comfort zones, but in which failure is still acceptable, thanks to our professional safety net of doctors. We know that highly capable professionals learn best through application and the best way to refine leadership toolkits is through implementation in real time. And that is why the focus of this scholarship programme is provision of funding opportunities, which the most entrepreneurial individuals will have the opportunity to pursue. The scholarships therefore provide continuing support throughout your degree and put you on a fast-track for success!
As a Medical Student
You must complete your Silver Award as part of the Medical Student Awards Programme to be invited to interview. Based on your performance at interview, you will be awarded a scholarship. We only have 5 scholarship places open for this each year, so the competition is fierce compared with applying for a scholarship as a secondary school student.
Upon receipt of your Silver Award Certificate, you will also be sent a scholarship application for you to complete with details of who and when to submit this to. If you are not awarded a scholarship at university, you can still complete your Gold Award for a chance to access Academic Foundation Application Support and a position on the central committee as a Vice President, when you graduate.
As a MedSoc UK Scholar you are an integral member of the wider Medic Mentor community. You are part of this national professional network of mentors. With this great privilege comes a great responsibility as well. As scholarship students, you are incredible drivers of change within the organisation. Because of your hard work on educational projects, you can transform and enhance any of the already established MedSoc UK educational programmes or initiatives.
The scholarship programme offers a unique opportunity to learn how to excel in your medical career (and beyond). You will also receive continuous feedback from senior mentors who are already leading successful careers of their own, just a few years ahead. As a scholar, you are at the centre of the give back, feed forward system in that you can benefit from the wisdom and insight of senior mentors, whilst also providing your insight and wisdom to aspiring students and junior medical students. It is a great privilege to be a scholar for MedSoc UK.
The support, training and opportunities available to you are unrivalled. Now it is over to you to make the most of this incredible organisation and work in partnership with us to expand, grow, develop and continually improve.