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Student Assisted Medical and Dental Applications (SAMDA)

Queen Mary, University Of London (QMUL)


Who are we?We are a student-run society based at Barts and The London, Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry. Our society was founded by Dr Abdul Kamali in 2000 whilst he was a medical student here at Barts! Our society is dedicated to supporting sixth form students in local state schools as they take their first steps towards a career in medicine or dentistry. We help highly motivated students who have the academic potential to achieve the grades for medical and dental school.What is our aim?Our aim is to widen participation in medicine and dentistry by providing continuous support through events that give sixth form students an insight into what it is like to study the degree at university. We also provide prospective students with guidance on writing the perfect personal statement as well as preparation for their interviews. Our skills day is another chance for sixth form students to boost their application through active participation in clinical skills as well as obtaining UCAT and/or BMAT preparation.What does SAMDA involve?SAMDA consists of events that occur throughout year 12 and year 13 to help aspiring medical and dental students make a strong and informed application. Owing to the current circumstances, the events will be run online. Activities include:Buddy Scheme -  Team of current medical and dental students at Barts and The London (BL) will be allocated to a local school to mentor potential students. Here they can discuss a career in medicine/ dentistry, help the students with personal statements and interviews as well as provide tailored guidance and advice for UCAS applications. SAMDA provides training for this committment. The virtual school visits will be run using Zoom. Medical skills day - through this event, we prepare sixth-formers for university entrance exams, give personal statement guidance and hold discussions of key interview topics. We also offer students the opportunity to take part in various clinical skills, providing them with a greater insight into the profession and solidifying their application.Mock interviews - following submission of UCAS applications, we hold mock interviews for sixth-form students, led by BL students themselves. Covering both multiple-mini and panel interviews, this is an excellent opportunity for students to gain invaluable feedback. Some weeks later, sixth form students are given the opportunity to have an interview with a panel of practising clinicians, academic staff and BL students. Our clinician-led interviews are run by the staff who perform actual medical and dental school interviews.Clinicians’ evening - Every year admissions tutors, clinicians and current students deliver inspirational talks covering life as a medical/ dental student. A talk dedicated to learning about a career in medicine is led by the dean of Barts and The London, Professor Anthony Warrens. Through this event, we also cover important topics such as understanding student finance.Why should you join?SAMDA is an incredible opportunity to give back to society and make a mark on someone's life, all the while having some brilliant experiences. Our success is owing to the hard work and enthusiasm of our committee and volunteers. With 19 committee members and over 100 medical and dental student volunteers, we are very excited to put in place all that we have planned for this year! What more could you want? Facebook Group Meet the Committee 2021: Co-Presidents: Afia Hossain & Mathura SivaganesanTreasurer: Gaurav BhallaVice-President: Zibad JavedSecretary: Bhavit DhokiaWelfare Rep: Mubeen ToufiqLiaison officer: Sudipta Das, Pallave Sivapalasinkam, Ying Zhi Kong, Padma AryaPublicity Officer: Emilia Olszewska, Sneyhalakshmi Saravanan  Dental Reps: Gaeun Oh, Rawand Shado, Mahnoor AhsanFreshers Rep: Habiba Aktar, Natalia OlszewskaGEP Rep: Abisha Rameshkumar, Jaina Patel 
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