We are passionate about widening access to medical and healthcare careers for students from all backgrounds.
It all started in 2013, in a small coffee shop
We were a group of junior doctors who’d met up over coffee one autumn afternoon for a catch-up, and inevitably found ourselves discussing the significant lack of medical careers information available to students. There was general agreement that this information was essential for understanding how to go about completing university applications, gaining practical experience and meeting doctors, but students from certain socio-economic backgrounds were at a clear disadvantage in their ability to access these necessary resources. This posed not only a problem for aspiring medical students, but for students who were already accepted into medical school. And that’s when our solution Help Me I’m A Medic was created, on the back of a napkin.
Our dream was to help students from all social backgrounds gain access to medicine and healthcare careers by making the necessary information accessible to all- but we didn’t want to just stop there. Supporting medics and doctors throughout their career and up until retirement was an important goal for us too.
We began by simply offering advice to family, friends and peers using the knowledge we’d gained from our collective experience. As word spread of our service we became increasingly overwhelmed with new requests for support and soon recognised that to accommodate this growing demand we needed to take steps towards providing a streamlined professional service. With mounting support from like-minded medics, teachers, parents and students, we were able to enter into social enterprise territory.
For over nine years we have worked to demystify the medical application process for prospective medical applicants, using the tips and tricks that we have learnt having been through the process ourselves. We are the trusted advisors to thousands of students and healthcare professionals, and by supporting us you are supporting positive social change.
Where we are now
Generation Medics, formerly ‘Help Me, I’m A Medic’ is now the UK’s largest social enterprise and online community run BY medics FOR medics.
As an organisation we’re unique because we support students in making an informed decision about their future career in medicine, whilst assisting them with the general university application process.
We coordinate several national conferences a year, including the National Aspiring Doctors Conference, with many students, parents and teachers in attendance, and use social media and online platforms to condense the large body of medical careers information into an easy and digestible form.
Our organisation has won numerous high-profile national awards for its “dynamic and successful” venture and its “strong vision for the long term development”.
We are rapidly expanding and, having built up an online community of over 5000. We are looking forward to reaching thousands more students and professionals with our services and this year the future certainly does look bright for us!