I’m a Medic is an online public engagement event that gets healthcare professionals talking to school students.
Healthcare professionals put up a profile on this site, answer students’ questions about their work, background, career, the universe and beyond. They engage directly with students in live text-based chats. Students vote for their favourite participant to win £500 to spend on further public engagement.
In 2015 just 60% of trainee GP vacancies in East Midlands and Lincolnshire were filled, and roughly half of UK schools and colleges have no applicants to medicine at all.
The project is being run in partnership with the University of Nottingham and the University of Leicester, and funded by Health Education East Midlands. Priority places are being given to schools and colleges in the East Midlands, in particular Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, and Derbyshire.
Being part of I’m a Medic is an exciting and accessible way to speak with young people about working in primary healthcare. Everything happens online so it’s easy for you to be involved right from your desk.
Who can apply?
The project shows students the wide variety of careers in healthcare. The first events will focus on General Practice, looking at the full range of people and professions working in General Practice.
- General Practitioners
- Trainee GPs
- Medical students looking to become GPs (4th year or above)
- Nurse Practitioners
- Healthcare assistants
- Practice manager/administrators
You can take part by yourself, or as a team to share the time commitment – this could be a team of colleagues at your practice, or group of medical students training to be GPs. Just select this option on the application form and we’ll be in touch.
When are the events?
The first event will take place 12th–23rd June 2017. The application deadline is 2nd May.
A second event will take place 6th–17th November 2017. Apply before 25th September.
A third event will take place 5th–16th March 2018. Apply before 29th January.
What kind of questions do students ask?
Students will ask questions about anything they like, from questions about careers and education, to robots and pizza toppings. All questions are moderated to remove duplicate questions, as well as any that are rude or offensive.
What are the live chats like?
Live chats last 30 minutes; they are text-based, fast paced and fun. We limit the chats to a maximum of 3 a day, but usually there will be fewer. We don’t expect all participants to attend every chat but try and make sure there’s a good mix for students, including a GP.
What’s the prize money for?
One participant in every zone wins £500 to be spent on a project (either their own, or with their practice) which engages young people with studying medicine.
For more information about what the prize money can be used for, take a look at our FAQs.
How much time will it take?
Most participants say they spend around 2 hours a day on the event; 1 hour on live chats and another hour answering students’ questions, which can be during the evening, outside of the work day. If you are taking part as a team, you can share the live chats and questions to suit your schedules.
If you want to take part but are unsure about the time commitment involved get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to discuss entering as a team.
What’s all this about zones?
The event is divided into zones with 6 participants each, and 25 classes of students, from around 15 schools.
Do I need any special software or equipment?
All that’s needed is a computer/tablet/phone with internet access. The live chats are text-based (no video or audio needed) and run through this site.
Why “I’m a Medic, Get me out of here”?
The I’m a Medic project is based on the long running, successful group of I’m a… schools engagement projects — I’m a Scientist, I’m an Engineer, I’m an Astronaut, and more — which in turn are named for the longer running television programme.
Since 2002 more than 100,000 school students have engaged with scientists, engineers, researchers, local councillors, and astronauts in the projects. The name works. It attracts people’s attention, it makes them smile, and it makes them engage with the programme. Students and teachers immediately “get” the concept of some experts putting themselves on the line to vie for the votes of students.
How do I get selected?
Participants write a short summary explaining their work to 13/14 year olds when they apply. Students and teachers rate these summaries, to guide who is selected for each zone.
Where do I apply?