Medicine Programme

The Programme is intensive and gives students of the highest calibre an immensely  educational and enjoyable experience.  Each student will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the Programme.

Medicine in Cambridge

Medicine in the UK has a long and distinguished history.  The first hospitals were St Thomas’s and St Bartholomew’s founded in 1123.  These led on to many famous discoveries, not least that of blood circulation by William Harvey in the 17th century.

A century later in 1766, Dr John Addenbrooke, a Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge,  founded the famous university teaching hospital which bears his name.  It is here that students on the Cambridge Medicine Programme will undertake all their practical hands-on investigations as an integral part of this  unique experience.

Dr Kourosh Saeb-Parsy | Director of Studies for the Medicine Programme


Dr Saeb-Parsy, the Medicine Programme Director of Studies, who is responsible for designing and delivering the Programme, is a Reader at Cambridge University in the Department of Surgery and a Consultant Transplant Surgeon.

His personal story is inspirational. Dr Saeb-Parsy arrived in the UK at the age of 14 with his family, speaking very little English. At first he and his brother struggled to communicate with their teachers. However, Dr Saeb-Parsy and his brother, also a doctor, were driven by passion and a commitment to hard work from a very early age. Dr Saeb-Parsy secured a place to study Medicine at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, qualified as a doctor in 2001, become a College Fellow in 2003, Director of Studies in Clinical Medicine in 2004 and was appointed a University Lecturer in Transplant Surgery in 2012, and a University Reader in Transplantation in 2018.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr Saeb-Parsy leads a research group focused on transplantation, regenerative medicine and cancer ( Research by Dr Saeb-Parsy’s group has won numerous awards and prizes, including the Medawar Medal of British Transplantation Society on three occasions (2013, 2017, 2018), the Presidential distinction of the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (2016) and the President’s Award European Society for Organ Transplantation (2011).

Dr Saeb-Parsy brings his hallmark passion and drive to the Medicine Programme, making it truly world-class in its scope and quality.

Dr Saeb-Parsy in theatre

Sessions Include

  • Operating Theatre Experience (Hands-on on-site session) Introduction to the Anaesthetic Room, Operating Theatre and Post-Operative Recovery Room
  • Basic Life Support (Hands-on, on-site session)
  • Anatomy Dissection Room (Hands-on on-site session) – Anatomy and dissection teaching using fresh animal specimens
  • Experimental Biology Laboratory (Hands-on on-site session) Conduct real medical school physiology experiment
  • Medical Interview Practice (Workshop)
  • Essay Writing Workshop  (Classroom) – How to write good biological and medical essays
  • Presentation Skills (Classroom) How to give effective biology and medical PowerPoint Presentations
  • Anatomy (Classroom)  Taster Anatomy teaching from medical school curriculum
  • Physiology (Classroom) Taster Physiology teaching from medical school curriculum
  • Medical Ethics (Workshop) Key ethical issues in Medicine
  • Cancer (Workshop) Causes, Pathology and Treatment
  • Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine (Workshop) Teaching on stem cells and their applications
  • Biotechnology and Digital Health (Workshop)  Current and future trends in biotechnology and Information Technology in Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Disease (Classroom) Teaching on causes and treatment of diabetes and cardiovascular disease
  • Clinical Skills (Workshop) Basic clinical examination skills, including measuring blood pressure, heart and lung examination, including interaction with a real patient
  • Communication Skills (Workshop)  Teaching on how to communicate effectively with patients, including dealing with difficult circumstances and breaking bad news


Fees to be advised. This covers:

  • Tuition and Teaching Materials
  • Accommodation
  • All Meals, including lunches.
  • Cost of visits and travel to and from the airport

It does not cover air-fares, travel insurance.


  • Admission to the Cambridge Medicine Programme is open to students aged 16 and upwards (including any students whose birthdays are close to 16)..
  • In some circumstances, we may ask for the applicant to provide a reference from the school and a copy of their latest school report.
  • Students from one of our participating schools should apply via their school. (Please follow the School’s own timetable for Applications).

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