Edinburgh Medical School

Student support

When you join the Edinburgh Medical School, you become part of a close-knit community.

A medical student discussed her work with a personal tutor.

At Edinburgh Medical School, we put a strong emphasis on developing life-long learning, which are essential qualities for a successful medical career.


Year coordinators

Your Year Coordinator is your first point of contact for any issue. This includes attendance, absence, teaching materials, timetabling queries, and many other things. They are also there for your pastoral needs, and may signpost you to someone who is able to provide more specialist advice, such as applying for special circumstances, interruption of studies, or linking in with individual support by the Student Wellbeing Team.


Personal mentors (PMs)

PMs provide an insight into the different careers of a doctor, increase students’ interest in research, and support you in your personal and professional development. You will be able to contact a Professional Mentor(s) at the start of your medical school journey and maintain the relationship throughout your studies and beyond graduation. The meetings are not mandatory and you will be able to pick and choose who you want to contact and when, based on your interests and needs.


Clinical tutor associate (CTA)

Assigned in Year 4. Your CTA will provide you with individual and group tuition, including bedside teaching with formative assessment and immediate feedback, review of recent summative assessments, help with study technique, discussion of topics from the curriculum, or any other support and advice that will help you.


Student Wellbeing Team

The Student Wellbeing team is available to any student who requires additional support for any reason. They will arrange individual student meetings, providing support and guidance on services available to you and strategies to help maintain your wellbeing. They also support and run a number of wellbeing initiatives and coordinate the Student Ambassador scheme.

The Student Wellbeing team works with the Medical Teaching Organisation (MTO) and in close liaison with wellbeing teams across the University to ensure a positive student experience.