Welcome to Med Soc Welfare
We are here throughout your 5 years at medical school, both as a direct contact when you feel in need, and also to organise various schemes and events throughout the year to try and help your welfare while you are at Medical School.
Your time at medical school will be fun and rewarding, but also difficult at times. We all experience stress in our own way, but it can always be useful to hear the advice of people who have been through the same things that you are. MedSoc have put together a few documents to help guide you through some of the classically tough periods of the course- namely OSCEs, dissertation and starting CP1. Hopefully these will be of some use- they contain some useful information and if nothing else, are there to remind you that other people have survived what you are experiencing at the moment and have lived to tell the tale!
A Guide to Surviving Freshers Year
A Guide to Surviving OSCEs
A Guide to Survive your Dissertation
A Guide to Starting CP1
If things are still getting to you, there are people around who are there to help. Whether you are aware of them or not, every medical student has a support system around them and they are there to be used.
Firstly Medic Parents can be a brilliant source of advice. The medic parenting system is a scheme which MedSoc run every year which pairs every Fresher up with a mentor in the year above.
Your Personal Tutor should be your next point of call. If you find him/ her hard to get hold of, or don’t feel that they are fulfilling their role, make sure you bring this up by emailing the medical course office. If you don’t want to do this yourself, your MedSoc welfare rep would be happy to speak on your behalf (see contacts at the bottom of the page)
If you have a concern which you would like to bring to the attention of the medical school but you can’t talk to your personal tutor, there are senior tutors who can help instead. These tutors are all friendly and will be happy to hear of your concerns via email.
If your concern is more personal and you don’t want to discuss it with the medical school, there are many university or external places you can go for advice and information. Information about a few of them can be found to the side of this page.
The main thing to remember is that you are not alone, and that everyone experiences difficult times. The best thing to do is to get in contact with someone so people know how you are feeling. If you would like any more information or would like to get in contact with your MedSoc Welfare Rep, email firstname.lastname@example.org and write ‘Welfare’ in the subject so that only your Welfare Rep will read it and respond to it.