The aim of the Medic to Medic is to guarantee the tuition fees for healthcare students who have academic potential, but are in financial need. With this consistency of income, students are able to focus on their studies until graduation.
Medic to Medic links students to donors in the UK. In this way, we function along the lines of “sponsor a child” schemes run by well-known charities. Of note, although we link individual students, we pool our donations so that even if a donor withdraws, no student is disadvantaged. At first, these donors were mostly UK health professionals (hence “Medic to Medic”), but now include many members of the public as well.
Our students send their linked sponsor regular updates on their progress. This can then develop into a correspondence if the donor so wishes. We hope this will not only provide mentoring advice for medical students, but will also raise awareness of the conditions facing medical colleagues worldwide.