We Are Medics was founded on 18th March 2020, in the same week that the school closures and exam cancellations due to COVID-19 were announced. A group of Birmingham medical students who already worked to widen access to medicine chose to use Instagram livestreams to replace their cancelled outreach events.
The Instagram account grew exponentially, with over 6,000 followers just 4 months later. We Are Medics now provides dedicated support and guidance for young people navigating the medicine and dentistry application processes. This free provision of support is designed to level the playing field for applicants to medicine and dentistry, two ultra-competitive degrees.
We Are Medics have produced three free eBooks which have been downloaded more than 20,000 times and over 1,000 young people have joined our livestreams. We have been featured by BBC Berkshire and the Healthcare Leadership Academy MedCovid conference.
Today, We Are Medics is working towards becoming a registered charity to support young people in their applications to medicine and dentistry. This plan involves building our Instagram presence, establishing a website, expanding our eBook series, establishin a podcast and more.