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Peer support


One of the things our medical students often praise about their time here is the level of peer support on offer. Students in the older years run teaching sessions and 'medic parent' schemes and organise further training through societies to help first years get to grips with course material and to support each other as they progress through the degree. Here are just a few of the opportunities available.

Student seminars

Groups of either to ten students sign up to be taught by the same two (or more) teachers every week, and can choose particular blocks to sign up to if they are struggling with a certain topic. The sessions teach key topics from the course and particular areas of concern raised by the students. Student seminars not only help first years tackle tricky course material but encourage those in the older years to develop their teaching skills.

Peer Support Group

Run once a week in the evenings, this group provides five or six 20-30 minute sessions on topics voted for by students. They provide a brief overview of those topics and pass on any key tips, with the teachers changing each week.

Non-Science Teaching Group

This group is for students without a biological science background (although all are welcome to attend). It provides a pre-course introduction and preparation session, pre-block seminars and weekly teaching sessions, covering key topics and those requested by students and clinical examinations. There is also an ‘ask any question’ anonymous online query tool. The group provides mentorship as well as emotional support. Find out more

students2Society support

Resuscitation for Medical Disciplines: RMD Warwick is a basic life support, automatic external defibrillator and first aid course. This course is primarily for first-year students on the MBChB programme, but remaining spaces are available for students in other years and courses at Warwick.

WMS Cardiovascular Society: Cardio Soc runs teaching sessions on everything from ECGs to coronary artery anatomy to embryology, as well as putting on regular talks and events throughout the year related to all things cardiology.

WMS Neuroscience Society: NeuroSoc have created some great booklets on some of the key areas in Block 3 that students may struggle with.

WMS Surgical Society: The Surgical Society runs anatomy days every block which cover the tricky or key aspects of that block’s anatomy content. They also run anatomy revision days closer to exams.

MedSoc: MedSoc runs physiology days which, like anatomy days, cover the tricky or key aspects of a particular block’s physiology content. There are also revision days closer to exams.

Clinical Skills Society: Clinical Skills Society runs a weekly evening workshop covering the material students cover during the Friday clinical skills sessions. It's a great opportunity to practise these skills on each other and in front of others and receive feedback.

WMS Paediatric Society: The Paediatric Society runs a Block 5 revision evening or day running up to the exam period.

Tea and Empathy Society: The aims to improve the welfare of medical students by creating an informal space for them to relax, chat and talk to other students about things that may be bothering them.

MedGuide: A website founded by students Daniel Mercer and Jonathan Loomes-Vrdoljak for the purpose of online peer-support, by and for medical students. With quality assurance processes, and student editor review, they reached two thousand questions in their first year and average several hundred views each week

studentThe student perspective

'My favourite thing about Warwick is how supportive the students are of one another. There are some excellent peer teaching schemes which I have got involved in both as a student and as a teacher, and found them to be a real asset.'
Georgina Mynott

'Once I started I knew I would have to do more work than the biomedical sciences students to catch up, but there was a lot of support available, including some excellent peer support tailored to non-science background students.'
Jack Brophy

'There are a lot of opportunities to do extracurricular things here and the students are very active. There's good peer support as well from other students.'
Susanna Kallioinen

'It can sometimes be overwhelming but it's really great to know you’re never alone. Both staff and students are so willing to offer support. Students in higher years run seminars and lecturers and are happy to be e-mailed questions.'
Hannah Boyle

'The whole cohort is very supportive and friendly, and older years are more than happy to help lower years. It's not competitive at all - students are always willing to lend a helping hand.'
Amy Coats