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The Medical Schools Council has announced five successful bids to run summer schools next year, including a collaboration between Edge Hill University, Lancaster University and the University of Liverpool.

Funded by Health Education England, MSC Summer Schools are residential events for young people in England who are thinking about a career as a doctor, in particular those who are from areas where few students apply to study medicine.

Edge Hill’s Senior Lecturer Dr Jayne Garner, said: “Widening access to medicine is at the heart of our work at Edge Hill University Medical School. Not all young people have support and advice about becoming a doctor, so this is an exciting opportunity to further work with colleagues from local medical schools and the NHS to deliver a life changing experience to students from different backgrounds.”

At an MSC Summer School they learn about what it takes to work as a doctor, from clinical and communications skills to the values that underpin the profession. Host medical schools create their own programmes while drawing from teaching resources developed by key bodies in the sector, including the Royal Colleges.

Following the successful first year of MSC Summer Schools, the number of events is growing from four in 2019 to five in 2020, with eight medical schools participating.

MSC Summer Schools in 2020 will be hosted by:

Staff in the virtual skills and simulation centre with a trainee doctor administering treatment to a mannequin

Dr Paul Garrud, Chair of the MSC Selection Alliance, said:

“Congratulations to the medical schools who will be hosting events next year. It’s especially pleasing to see some collaborations between medical schools, which show how keen the sector is to pull together when it comes to widening access to the medical profession.

“The Selection Alliance has embodied this spirit of co-operation for several years now, and it’s amazing to see what the medical schools have collectively achieved. This initiative, for instance, is not just the provision of funding and teaching resources, but is guided by nationwide data analyses of ‘cold spots’ in applications to medicine, ensuring its approach is evidence-based.

“We thank Health Education England for helping this all to happen.”

Katie Adams, National Senior Programme Manager – Widening Participation at Health Education England, said:

“Health Education England’s widening participation programme has championed a range of programmes including supporting students from under represented backgrounds into medicine for some years now with the aim to encourage social mobility and ensure our NHS is more representative of the diverse communities it serves.

“We are delighted to be able to continue this support by funding these summer schools across England as they will reach out to students who previously may have thought medicine was beyond them.”

Applications for MSC Summer Schools in 2020 are expected to begin in late 2019. Dates and further information will be published on the Medical Schools Council website and host medical school websites.