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.
Unless your College has specifically set you some work, 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 haven’t and you would still like to do some preparation, we’d recommend looking at this page on the Faculty website.
Nevertheless, 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 before they’ve arrived. Cambridge may seem a little scary, but you all earnt your place here, you’re all very capable and there will be loads of people to help you out if you’re ever struggling!
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.
We’d recommend not buying any textbooks just yet. Textbooks can be very expensive and once you get to Cambridge, you’ll probably find that your College library is well-equipped with all the books that you need. However, sometimes there aren’t always enough copies of a particular book in the library, so some people buy their own. If you do want to buy some books, then we’d recommend waiting until you get here – that way, you can decide which books are best for you, and also the 2nd Years in your College may be selling them for a fraction of the price!
Lifetime membership for MedSoc usually costs £25, but we will be selling it at a discounted price during Freshers’ Week (at the CUSU Virtual Freshers’ Fair on 6th and 7th October, and at our own Virtual MedSoc Freshers’ Fair on 10th October – more details to follow!). It’s important to note that while most medics do buy membership, some do not – so it is totally up to you to decide for yourself! Nevertheless, as a committee, we would wholeheartedly recommend that you do buy membership and we will do everything in our power to make your one-time payment worth it – by providing discounts on our ents events (e.g. MedSoc ball), discounts at various food stalls in Cambridge town centre, reduced entry for club nights, and the opportunity to apply for financial grants throughout all six years.
Lots! We’ll give you more details about all the events happening closer to the time – watch this space!!
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, please make sure that it fulfils all the requirements – but we would recommend waiting. If you want more information, you can check out page 21 of the Medical Students’ Handbook here – you will be given this booklet by your College when you arrive as well.
Want to talk to other fresher medics, ask questions and find out who you’ll be meeting in October? Join our Facebook group, ‘Medsoc: Cambridge University Medicine Freshers 2020’
Also check out our instagram – @cambridgemedsoc