Attain educational advancement and tailored learning activities which are designed for your career progression and wellbeing in mind. This immersive enrichment experience ensures a multi-faceted approach to deliver high quality educational content through our teaching curriculum, mentorship and wellbeing interventions made accessible through our Wellbeing Fund. The activities are designed to help Black African and Caribbean final year medical students navigate their last year of medical school and help them thrive in the next phase of their life as doctors.
The Mind Us Enrichment Programme is a 12 month development programme for Black African and Caribbean final year medical students which focuses on educational advancement alongside wellbeing support. The Programme is designed with a multi-faceted approach and is standardised according to key aspects within the GMC outcome for graduates. All students must participate in four modules which follows the Mind Us Intervention Model which has been designed by the Mind Us Project team. This includes the Mind Us Teaching and Wellbeing Curriculum. The learning programme also incorporates a carefully selected Mind Us Mentor which will incorporate one-to-one Mentorship sessions supported by the Mind Us Enrichment Programmes team.
The programme follows a phased approach which incorporates The Mind Us Intervention Model designed by Melanin Medics . The various strands of the programme focus on identification, self-development, resilience and maturation leading up to the transition into working life as a doctor. There are 5 mandatory learning sessions which are facilitated by the Mind Us Educators and clinical experts. You will benefit from monthly mentorship sessions which run throughout the whole 12 months and a series of therapy sessions.
WHY THE MIND US ENRICHMENT PROGRAMME IS IMPORTANT
According to research conducted by The GMC, ethnic minority graduates of UK medical schools have had worse outcomes during recruitment for foundation, speciality training and consultant posts. In addition, in comparison to white peers, ethnic minorities have 2.5 times higher odds of failing exams. Moreover, an international narrative review has outlined that medical students from an ethnic minority background have “experienced less supportive social and less positive learning environments''. This showcases that BAME medical students and doctors are at a higher risk of being disproportionately impacted in their learning and educational support due to the long-term extenuating circumstances of COVID-19. This evidence further highlights the necessity to provide supportive interventions which aid in the delivery of educational resources to eliminate differential attainment for BAME medical students and doctors.
THE ENRICHMENT PROGRAMME TEAM
The people below are volunteering their time, expertise and support for the 12-Month Enrichment Programme which runs in tandem with the Mind Us Project.
Enrichment Programme Lead
Dammie Olubowale is a medical student at Plymouth University. She is currently intercalating at the University College of London on their Women’s Health MSc course. She is passionate about Women’s Health, Health Policy, and Clinical Education. She currently serves as the appointed Partnerships and Engagement Manager at Melanin Medics and Mind Us Education (Well-Being) Lead.
Enrichment Programme Co-ordinator
Ayomide Ayorinde is a final year medical student at Imperial College London and a 2020 ‘We are The City’ Rising Star in Healthcare Award winner. During her intercalated year, she chose to complete a BSc in Management to explore medicine through a completely different lens. She enjoys exploring leadership and management within healthcare and recently co-founded a Women In Healthcare Leadership Society at Imperial. She currently serves as the appointed Education and Training Officer at Melanin Medics and the Programme Co-Ordinator for the Enrichment Programme for the Mind Us Project.
Enrichment Programme Co-ordinator
Khadija Owusu is an award-winning Leader, Speaker and Medical Student. She is the Director of Programmes at Melanin Medics, an Ambassador at Medics2You and the GUBA-Enterprise. Khadija is a change agent, and a voice for Black and Ethnic minority aspiring medics, medical students and doctors as she works to tackle issues on equality, diversity, racism and differential attainment. She has been a guest of Michelle Obama at the White House; won the Women in STEM Award by HRH Princess Ann. In addition to this, she has spoken at various national and international conferences, is selected as a 2020 Rising Star in Healthcare, a ‘Top 150 UK Future Leader’ and has been featured on BBC, ITV and Channel 5 News.