Medic Insight is a student-led society at the University of Dundee that provides school pupils from Tayside, Perth & Kinross, Angus, and Fife with an insight into a career in medicine.

Medic Insight Dundee communicates with schools in Tayside, Perth & Kinross, Angus, and Fife to give as many pupils as possible the opportunity to learn about the medical profession. We liaise with clinicians within NHS Tayside to organise a vast range of experiences for our pupils.

S5 Work Experience Weeks

At Medic Insight, we understand that trying to organise hospital based work experience can be extremely challenging. We believe that every pupil deserves a fair chance of obtaining this, regardless of their background or personal links. Our work experience weeks aid pupils in deciding whether a career in medicine is right for them, provide an insight into the life of a doctor and some of the many specialties available to them, and give pupils invaluable experience which can be incorporated into a medical school application.

Our S5 work experience programme provides students with a 1-week medical placement at Ninewells Hospital. These take place in June and are offered to pupils at the end of their S5 year.

The experience includes:

  • clinical placements encompassing surgery
  • out-patient clinics
  • time spent shadowing doctors on the wards
  • several workshops covering topics such as the UCAT exam and the medical school interview.

Workshops are student-led, allowing school pupils to learn from those who have experienced the process of applying to medical school first hand. 

In 2020, our work experience weeks will be as follows:

Week 1: 8-12 June

Week 2: 15-19 June

Week 3: 22-26 June

Applications for these weeks will open on 2 March 2020 and will close on 9 March 2020 at 17:00. Please complete the application form below:

Complete the form here


S4 Day

This event provides S4 pupils with a brief insight into life at medical school and the diversity of a career in medicine. Students who attend this event may also have a better idea whether a week of hospital work experience in S5 would be beneficial for them.

The day consists of:

  • a morning of short presentations from doctors in a variety of specialties including Accident & Emergency, General Practice, Surgery, Non-clinical Medicine
  • a talk from our committee covering the life of a medical student
  • practical workshops which provide a taster of some of the things that our medical students learn at university, such as emergency management of a deteriorating patient and physical examination technique.

The date for our next S4 day is 18 March 2020.  Applications for this event have now closed.


Exploring Careers in Healthcare for S1-3

This evening event takes place in partnership with our colleagues Dundee Widening Access to Medical School Society (DWAMSS) and provides pupils in S1-3 and their parents with an insight into some of the main careers in healthcare.

The evening will feature:

  • short talks from medical, dental, nursing and biomedical sciences students
  • stationed workshops which pupils and parents can progress through at their own leisure. These will include optional talks from additional healthcare professionals, such as physiotherapy; informative stands from frontline medical organisations; and some interactive practical stations.

The next event takes place on 3 March 2020. Applications for this event have now closed. 


Additional information for pupils and parents

Your schools will be informed of these events and the application process. Additionally, our Facebook and Twitter pages provide useful updates.

Our application guide for the S5 weeks gives an overview of what we are looking for in an application.

Download Medic Insight PDF


Additional information for teachers

Your school will be contacted by our team regarding each of our events. We ask you to respond to our email to confirm that the information will be distributed to pupils, to ensure that all pupils have a fair chance at gaining a place on our programmes.

For the S5 weeks, we ask pupils to provide the details of a referee. This staff member will then be contacted and asked to fill out a reference form for each pupil who has named them.

We are extremely grateful for your continued cooperation and support. Without your invaluable assistance our programmes could not take place.


What participants say...

“The week has made me even more sure about studying medicine, and I gained a good insight into the admissions process. It has made me see that a career in medicine, although it is hard work, is very enjoyable”

“I found Medic Insight incredibly useful, interesting, and by the end I just wanted to start my first year!”

“I thought the week was extremely well run, there was loads of support given to all students by volunteers and doctors were always happy and excited to share their knowledge.”


Participating schools

Arbroath Academy, Arbroath High School, Brechin High School, Carnoustie High School, Forfar Academy, Monifieth High School, Montrose Academy, Websters High School, Baldragon Academy, Braeview Academy, Craigie High School, Grove Academy, Harris Academy, Morgan Academy, St John's RC High School, St Paul's RC Academy, Auchmuty High School, Bell Baxter High School, Glenrothes High School, Glenwood High School, Levenmouth Academy, Madras College, Waid Acadamy, Woodmill High School, Blairgowrie High School, Breadalbane Academy, Community School of Auchterarder, Crieff High School, Kinross High School, Perth Academy, Perth Grammar School, Perth High School, Pitlochry High School (S1-4 ONLY), St John's RC Academy, Dollar Academy, Glenalmond College, High School of Dundee, Kilgraston School, Lathallan School, Morrison's Academy, St Leonards School, Strathallan School, Balwearie High School, Beath High School, Dunfermline High School, Inverkeithing High School, Kirkcaldy High School, Lochgelly High School, Queen Anne High School, St Andrew's RC High School, St Columba's RC High School, Viewforth High School

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