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MedStart4U Taster Days

Interested in a career in medicine? Then think about MedStart4U!

MedStart4U is a scheme aimed at Year 11 and 12 students at school in East Kent who are thinking about becoming a doctor and offers a day long, interactive taster session on a career in medicine. Days are run at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford and the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital, Margate.

MedStart4U Taster Days 2022

Date: Tuesday 22nd February 2022
Venue: Education Centre, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital, Margate 

Date: Tuesday 29th March 2022
Venue: Education Centre, William Harvey Hospital, Ashford

If you are interested in applying for a place on the next MedStart4U course please contact one of our MedStart administrators:

MedStart4U student group
Students attending a MedStart day
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What does MedStart4U offer?

A MedStart4U taster day offers a great insight into what a career in medicine involves and includes an introduction to what a day in the life of trainee doctor is actually like. The day will also include tips on applying to medical school, aptitude tests, and interview skills. There are simulation scenarios and practice sessions using clinical skills models as well as Q and A sessions with medical students and doctors.  Our medical students mentor school students throughout the day and school students get a very personal insight into what it is like being a medical student.

Learning how to take blood and do some suturing on models really helps students understand the clinical side of things while there are really practical sessions on getting into medical school.


Previous MedStart4U participants said...

“The clinical skills models were very interesting and fun!”

 “I found the sessions on applying to medical school very helpful."

“I enjoyed the interaction with medical students.”

 “Helpful advice on interviews and personal statements"

 The MedStart4U Taster Days are held by the Medical Education Directorate for Years 11 and 12 who are considering applying for medical school. It is not suitable for students who wish to become nurses, physiotherapists or midwives etc. It is only for those considering becoming a doctor in medicine. 

Eligibility Criteria for MedStart4U

  • Must be 15 or over
  • Interested in exploring medicine as a career
  • Must attend school in East Kent

As part of our widening participation approach, we particularly welcome applications from school students from less affluent backgrounds, and black and ethnic minority groups, who are currently underrepresented in medical careers.

Please note that the number of students from each school will be limited this year to 10 students per school. 

Blood taking

Frequently Asked Questions:

Are MedStart4U days open to people considering a career in healthcare more broadly such as physiotherapy or nursing?

No, MedStart4U days are only aimed at those wanting to become doctors.

Is there a limit on the number of places available for each school?

Yes, we currently have a limit of a maximum of ten places per school. 

What are the entry criteria for a place on a MedStart4U day? 

Applicants must be 15 or over, must be interested in a career as a doctor, and must be at school in East Kent.

For more details and to apply for a taster day please email: