42 Week Course - 42 Assignments
Modules: British Healthcare; From Top to Toe; The Science of Medicine; Infection and the Immune System; Human Struggles; Public and Global Health
Our weekly assignments invite students to explore essays, book chapters, news features, lectures, podcasts, videos and websites. Each assignment requires students to engage for approximately an hour, they vary in length depending on their difficulty. Lengthy book chapters allow for students to get deep into the text whilst short videos present more challenging material whilst leaving more time for thinking.
About the Course
This reading list is designed to cover a range of topics that will prove useful or informative for your medical school application and give you a sample of what the first year of medical school will be like.
The topics will have a broad range, covering what may come up at interview, in the BMAT essay and prompts or inspiration for the personal statement. Let us know if you have any suggestions or feedback on the list.
- Medical ethics
- The NHS
- Psychiatry and neuroscience
- Medical humanities
- Pharmacology and medication
- Communication skills
- The History and Future of Medicine
- Sexual and reproductive health
- Epidemiology and public health
- Pathology, immunity and infection
- Global health
- Biochemistry and Genetics
The sources will largely be available online, but there are three books that we recommend you read:
- The Very Short Introduction to Medical Ethics by Tony Hope
- Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
- The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine by James le Fanu
These are very popular books amongst medical students, and so while they shouldn’t appear on your personal statement, they will be useful when thinking about many of the areas that will come up in this list.
"This reading list is designed to cover a range of topics that will prove useful or informative for your medical school application and give you a sample of what the first year of medical school will be like."
- Michael Zervos
Meet the Course Designer
Michael Zervos is a Cambridge graduate, he completed his BA in 2015 with a pre-clinical Medical Sciences and Social Anthropology degree, and is continuing studying clinical Medicine at UCL. While studying, Michael has worked extensively as a mentor and tutor, with a focus on science and medical school applications. His interests lie in psychiatry, obstetrics, medical anthropology and public health, and he hopes to combine his clinical practice with involvement in medical education.