Leicester Medical School

Gateway and Foundation Student Medical Conference

Saturday 5 February 2022, 10.00am – 3.15pm

This free, virtual conference is for students nationally who are currently studying on a medicine with a foundation / gateway year course. The conference will include a selection of talks and interactive workshops to support you as you progress through your medicine degree, as well as give you the opportunity to network with other students on similar courses across the UK. Highlights include:

  • Cultural Identity in Medicine
  • Bridging the Gap: The Role of Doctors in Managing and Reducing Health Inequality
  • Managing Finances through a Medicine Degree
  • And so much more!

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Welcome from University of Leicester - Dr Samuel Adcock, University of Leicester


Making the most of Opportunities in your Foundation Year - Dr Peter Leadbetter and Laurnea Pemberton, Edge Hill University

Nationally there has been a rapid increase in the number of Widening Access to Medicine initiatives (such as Foundation or Gateway Years). Although these initiatives have supported widening access to medicine, a "real" challenge is to widen participation in medicine. With support from medical students who have completed the Foundation Year to Medicine at Edge Hill University, the aim of this session is provide an overview of internal and external networks and initiatives that support widening access students to participate in medicine.


Clinical Empathy in Healthcare - Dr Rachel Winter, University of Leicester

Leicester Medical School's Medicine with Foundation Year has an empathy-focused, patient-centred curriculum that allows students to develop their skills in empathic communication and compassion. This session explores the impact that empathy can have on patient care and the benefits for clinicians who practice medicine with empathy.

Developing Research Potential - Dr Allison Fulford, University of Bristol

Research and scholarship are important elements of the GMC ‘Outcomes for Doctors’ 2018, but how are these appropriately embedded in Gateway curricula? This talk will discuss the importance of research skills and training for gateway medical students as preparation for their 5 year courses and postgraduate careers.

Managing Finances through a Medicine Degree - Monisha Gupta, Widening Participation Medics Network

Monisha, a third year medical student from the University of Nottingham, will explore how to look after your finances throughout a medical degree. She will share her personal experience of working part-time alongside her studies as well as share information on the NHS bursary. 




Imposter Syndrome - Professor Partha Kar, NHS England

How much of a problem for doctors is imposter syndrome? Is it just a term used by those who struggle to fit in? Is it a manifestation of totally natural self-doubt?

In this talk, I will explore how it’s totally fine to feel like an imposter.


Interactive Workshop: Bridging the Gap: The Role of Doctors in Managing and Reducing Health Inequality - Royal College of Physicians 

The Royal College of Physicians has a long history of improving public health, from opening the first public dispensary in England in 1698 to being at the forefront of current efforts to reduce harm from alcohol, smoking, obesity and air pollution. It was an RCP president who was asked by the government to look into health inequalities, producing the seminal Black Report in 1980. And it is an RCP president who is leading the Inequalities in Health Alliance to campaign for a cross-government strategy to reduce health inequality.

In this interactive session, a senior officer of the RCP and their clinical fellow in health inequality will talk about current health inequality in the UK and the role of doctors in tackling it. You will then have the opportunity to discuss what you’ve heard with other students before posing questions and suggestions.




Under the Microscope: Views from the other end of an Academic Career - Professor Philip Quirke, University of Leeds

In this talk I will describe my early life and subsequent medical academic career. I will describe what I learnt along the way and hopefully this will be helpful to you. Hard work and application helps minimise inequality and above all believe in yourself and your ability to get to the senior heights of your chosen profession. You can do it.


Interactive Workshop: Cultural Identity in Medicine - Dr Anbreen Bi Wallace, Widening Participation Medics Network

As a doctor from an underrepresented background, Anbreen will reflect on her lived experience and role within WPMN to explore the barriers faced by WP students. She will explore the experiences of those with intersectional, cultural identities within medicine and will outline how the WPMN is creating a support network for all underrepresented groups on a national level. The WPMN is a charitable organisation founded in 2020 that is working to make the medical workforce more representative of society with over 100 volunteers and 400 members. 


As a Medic, Mindfulness is the most Powerful Life Tool I have ever found - Dr Linda Jayne Khalid, GP Charnwood Medical Group, Founder of Mindcomplete

A short experiential session to introduce how Mindfulness practices may enhance our wellbeing and stress management. Finding Mindfulness for me late in my career has transformed my daily life. As medics “Who is going to look after you?” Not only will you have to deal with overwhelming amounts of study and paperwork during your career, but you will be dealing with patients at vulnerable and emotional times in their lives. You will also have to deal with your own emotions reacting to their emotions. 

Mindfulness based practices allow you to unhook from the stressful negative thoughts and bring you to the present. This also brings calm and clarity. This is a much better place to work from to not only maintain your own wellbeing but also to avoid making mistakes. No experience is required. I will guide you to experience a short practice. Through reflection and questions I will explain how it may create transformation in your daily life as a medic. 

Applying for the UK Foundation Programme: What opportunities are available? - Dr Mandy Hampshire, University of Nottingham

All students who are due to graduate from medical schools in the UK usually apply to the UK Foundation Programme for their first job as a doctor. There are many opportunities available for students, including having a gap year before starting work as a doctor. You can work anywhere in the UK and will be able to choose where you would like to work. How students are allocated to different areas for their Foundation jobs is usually determined by a national ranking system based on performance in medical school assessments and the national Situational Judgment Test that students take in their final year. Students who start their Medicine course via a Foundation or Gateway Year can apply for pre-allocation to particular areas if they meet certain criteria. Other options currently available include Specialised Foundation Programmes, Psychiatry Foundation Fellowships and Foundation Priority Programmes. This presentation will provide a practical overview of the application process for UK Foundation jobs and give you chance to ask any questions. 

Mentoring – Buddy Scheme - Current students, University of Dundee

University buddy support schemes are well recognised and popular peer-to-peer support initiatives. Their contribution to the pastoral support of students on Foundation Year and Gateway courses which are typically short term and small cohort programmes may be particularly valuable. University of Dundee medical students who are alumni of its Gateway to Medicine programme recently set up a family buddy support scheme. University of Dundee medical students and current Gateway students involved as mentors and mentees will present on their respective experiences and share their recommendations for developing and improving buddy support systems. The presentation will also provide the basis for a facilitated discussion with other students interested in either setting up a scheme or making changes to an existing support scheme.


Round-up and evaluation Sarah Addison, University of Leicester



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