We are a group of current NI medical students who have come together to produce an exciting programme called swotUP. The main aim of this initiative is to maximise the success of NI students applying to medical schools across the UK. We have drawn upon our personal experiences, along with input from Year 13 and 14 school students, doctors and medical students, to develop a course that is targeted at the most challenging aspects of the interview process.
One of the founding principles of swotUP is widening access to medicine for applicants from all backgrounds and that is why attendance at our courses is charged as a “suggested donation” only (£60). This is the suggested price we have calculated to cover expenses for the day. swotUP is a charitable endeavour, with all profits being donated to SWOT (Students Working Overseas Trust) and the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund, a charity which helps doctors, medical students and their families who are in financial difficulties. It is our strong belief that financial status should not put you at a disadvantage when it comes to applying to medical school so we only ever ask that you donate what you can.
Since swotUP was founded, 300 medical student volunteers have helped more than 500 Year 13 and 14 students from all over Northern Ireland to navigate their way through what can be a very daunting application process, with tips and advice on how to make the most out of their application, all whilst raising £25,000 for charity in the process.
We currently have multiple events organised which follow a medical interview masterclass style, primarily aimed at year 13 students. Our next year 13 course will take place on Saturday 9th March 2019, in the Eliot Dynes Building, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.
This is a full day interview course for Year 13 pupils and students will have the opportunity to challenge themselves with mock Multiple Mini and Traditional Interviews and ethical scenario workshops, all with personalised feedback from course tutors. In addition to this they will have the opportunity to learn some clinical skills along with seminars on entry requirements, the UCAS system and aptitude tests.
We would greatly appreciate if you shared this with any Year 13 pupils who would be interested in studying medicine and attending the event. Tickets will be released via Eventbrite on Friday 15th February at 7pm. Links will be available from our website (http://www.swotup.org) or on our social media platforms. These are issued on a first come first served basis so please let your students know as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment.
Please note, this is our final course of the academic year.
For further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us or you can visit our website and contact us on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts.