MedSoc is here to make sure that you have a great time at Cambridge! Here is a summary of what we do. The committee all fulfill different roles and their contact details can be found on this website.
Is there anything I need to do over summer to prepare?
There is no need to do any preparation during the summer. It’ll be much easier to get to grips with the course content once you’re actually here in Cambridge. For now, it’s more important to relax and enjoy the summer sun! However, if you do fancy doing a spot of reading then please do – but only if you truly will enjoy it. Your college may have sent you some things to read before you come and if so, you may like to see what they’ve suggested. If they have not and you still would like to do some reading we’d recommend looking at the website, TeachMeAnatomy where you could look at anatomical terminology under ‘The Basics’ tab. However, we would like to reaffirm that it is a lot easier to learn content when you begin term and the majority of students haven’t looked at anything. Cambridge may seem scary, but you all got a place here and that means they know you are capable – you aren’t expected to know everything before you arrive otherwise there would not be any point in coming!
I’ve forgotten everything from my A-Levels - is that a problem?
Not at all! You’ll be taught everything you need to know once you get here so don’t worry about revising anything from A-Level.
Do I need to buy any textbooks?
We’d recommend not buying any textbooks yet. Textbooks can be very expensive and once you get to Cambridge you’ll find that your college library will be well equipped with all the books you need. However, sometimes there aren’t always enough copies of the right book in the library therefore some people buy their own. If you do want to buy some books then again we’d recommend waiting until you get here. Then you can decide which books are the best for you. The second years in your college may want to sell their textbooks to you as well for a fraction of the price!
Do I need to buy membership for medsoc?
It is totally up to you whether you buy membership for MedSoc or not. It is important to note that while most people do buy membership, some do not. If you do want to get involved with MedSoc then we’d recommend waiting until fresher’s week to buy membership as we will be selling it for a discounted price. You can purchase membership either online or at one of the Freshers’ Fairs mentioned above. But, as a completely unbiased committee, we definitely think you should! We will do everything to make it worth your one-time payment through discounts to ents, food stalls and the opportunity for financial grants throughout all six years.
What MedSoc events will be happening in freshers week?
Lots! We’ll let you know more details about all the events happening closer to the time.More generally we would not recommend buying freshers tickets for any events before you arrive. Colleges and societies will sell them when you arrive and there’s a chance the event you book before you arrive might not be great and only attended by few students.
Do I need to buy any equipment, lab coats etc?
There’s no need to buy anything before you get to Cambridge as there will be scheduled sessions to buy a lab coat and safety spectacles once you arrive. If you do wish to buy your own make sure that it fulfils all the requirements, but we would recommend waiting. If you want more information you can check page 21 of the freshers handbook here
– you will be given this booklet by your college when you arrive as well.