Category Archives: Winner reports

What Rob Cullum did with his prize money…

Rob was voted the winner of the General Practice Zone in November 2017. Here he writes about how he used his prize money to create a series of videos in partnership with Lincolnshire Talent Academy answering questions students might have when considering applying for medical school.

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I used the money to create a series of videos to answer the kinds of questions people considering medical school frequently have. The videos all feature current medical students from the Universities of Nottingham and Leicester and cover topics such as money, personal statements and general advice. They are being hosted on the Lincolnshire Talent Academy YouTube channel and promoted via social media. They are accessible to anybody.

The project has taken me longer than expected to complete, both because recruiting students to take part was challenging, but then also I wanted to get a wide range of students involved to give a breadth of opinions and experience. Getting the videos edited also took longer than expected. This said, now they are done, I am really happy with the outcome and I think they will prove a useful resource for students thinking about applying.

£380 was used to purchase video editing software to make the videos, and £60 was spent on sweets/cake and refreshments for the students taking part in the videos. A further £60 was spent on sweets for stalls at healthcare career fairs I attended throughout 2017-18.

Posted on August 27, 2019 modjen in News, Winner reports | Comments Off on What Rob Cullum did with his prize money…

What Shehla did with her prize money…

Shehla was voted the winner of the General Practice Zone in June 2017. Here she writes about donating her prize money to a local project aimed at widening participation in medicine, and the other engagement and outreach she has been involved with since I’m a Medic, including visiting her former college to help students with medical school applications.

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My proposal for the winning money was to engage with local schools to encourage students to consider medicine and primary care as a career – particularly to those from less affluent backgrounds. After winning the prize, I was able to visit my previous college to help sixth form students with their applications for medical school – some of whom were successful.

As the activities I was involved in didn’t cost anything that I felt I could use, I contacted Dr Jonathan Corne, acting Secondary Care and Deputy Postgraduate Dean for the East Midlands. He has a specific interest in Widening Access to Medicine and is working on a project called “Dr You”. After discussions with him and his team, I have donated the entire sum of money to their project so that they can produce promotional material related to their project.

In addition, I have participated in a video with the local council to encourage applications to medicine.

More recently, I have worked with University of Nottingham to promote Graduate Entry Medicine as a career as well as helping make a video for final year students are considering career options.

I have received some great feedback from the college as well as the University for the work I have been able to do with them.

Posted on July 3, 2019 in News, Winner reports | Comments Off on What Shehla did with her prize money…