The Bishop’s Stortford High School’s Medical Society (MedSoc) is a sixth form society, led by Year 13 students for Year 12 students hoping to become doctors, dentists, vets and other healthcare professionals.
We run weekly sessions where we: discuss current medical-related hot topics, explain the admissions process for medicine and more.
We have had a productive start to this year’s MedSoc. So far, we have covered: the options beyond medical school, the admissions tests for medical school as well as several current news items such as the use of deep-brain stimulation to treat depression and the impact of the recent fuel shortages on healthcare workers and their patients.
We have also hosted an ex-TBSHS student over zoom where he talked about his experiences of first year at Kent & Medway Medical School. This was informative and gave all in attendance a good insight into what life as a medical student is like.
The society is a good place to practice important skills like speaking to others about specialist subjects and forming an opinion on complex issues like physician assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. Working through these skills in a relaxed yet formal environment provides valuable experience for interviews.
TBSHS Medical Society
TBSHS Students currently at university studying Medcine
Successful Medics 2018 – Oliver Hougham (2017 Leaver, September 2018 place now confirmed, ) Good Luck!
Successful Medics 2017 – Sikander Khan, Rob Avontur, Henry Stuart-Turner, Arindu Suresh and Josh Weight
Successful Medics 2016 – Sophie Thorp started at university October 2016 reading medicine. Good Luck!
Successful Medics 2015 – Nikki Stanley, William Ashley-Fenn, Zain Butt, Jack Clarke, Owen Mitchell and Jack Tulloch all started at university October 2015 reading medicine. Good Luck!
Successful Medics 2014 – Vignesh Shakar Babu started at university reading medicine and Dan Crocker started at university reading dentistry in October 2014 . Good Luck!
Successful Medics 2013 – Naim Rahman – Good Luck!
What we do in Medsoc
- Our weekly sessions on Monday lunchtimes are regularly attended by keen members with aspirations in Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Vetinary or biomedicine
- Important medical news from the week is discussed
- Every week, a member will research and present on a topic relevant to the termly theme – in this past, this has included degenerative disease, medical technology and cancers
- We hold a Current Affairs and Medical Science Quiz competition across the term
- Ethical questions are debated for example:
- What are the practical and ethical implications of induced pluripotent stem (IPS) cells?
- What is the importance of informed consent?
Why should you join Medsoc?
- To explore the fascinating and rapidly evolving fields of biomedicine and healthcare
- Take the opportunity to discuss important ethical and scientific topics, such as epigenetics, stem cell research and e-cigarettes
- To attend regular lectures in Cambridge, London or within school; previously these have included talks on Cardiothoracic Surgery, Epigenetics, Emergency Medicine and Developmental Biology (from 2012 Nobel Laureate Professor John Gurdon)
- Receive expert advice from quest speakers and alumni on admissions, work experience and studying medical sciences at University