FAQ

Frequently asked questions

If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for please don’t hesitate to contact us using one of the e-mails listed at the bottom of the page.

WHAT EQUIPMENT/BOOKS SHOULD I BUY BEFORE COMING TO MEDICAL SCHOOL?

We’re lucky to have a fantastic University Library where you can take out books for free and access the majority of key texts online.

When you start, the LMSS operates a “book buy and sell” where older years sell the books they no longer need, so don’t rush and pay full price!

The only equipment you will need is a stethoscope, but you can get this in 2nd year as they are provided for you in clinical skills during 1st year.

WHAT SPORTS HAVE MEDICS TEAMS?

Have a peak at the sports page here.

WHAT IS THE TIMETABLE LIKE IN 1ST YEAR?
The first year is generally split into 3-week-long teaching blocks, e.g. cardiovascular is a block.
Most days start with a 9 am lecture and then another couple of lectures during the day. Within a teaching block is a clinical skills session, anatomy teaching (HARC), case-based learning sessions and communication skills. You’re expected to be available 9-5 Monday to Friday, but you won’t be in teaching all this time.
Check the official University of Liverpool Medical School website for more up-to-date information!
IM STARTING GRADUATE ENTRY MEDICINE, WHAT'S THE TIMETABLE LIKE IN MY FIRST YEAR?

There’s a separate grad-only fortnight before the undergrads start for graduate entry. It mainly consists of a few intro lectures to get to know everyone, followed by a few catch-up lectures from A-level biology. You then start with the first lecture block of second year, and then after two weeks, you join the undergrad students in normal lectures.

From then on, a typical week is lectures based on different systems, and at the end of each 4-week lecture block, you have a week in hospital on placement. As grads, every Thursday morning is grad-only teaching.

Check the official University of Liverpool Medical School website for more up-to-date information!

IS THERE TIME TO PLAY FOR THE UNIVERSITY SPORTS TEAMS WHILST STUDYING MEDICINE?
Absolutely! There are loads of opportunities to play sports while studying medicine. In the first few years of the course, you get Wednesday afternoons off from lectures to play university sports. This becomes slightly harder logistically once you go into full-time clinical placement, but many medics play university-level sports throughout their time here. There are also many medics sports teams that fit better with our timetable in placement years.
HOW CAN I BE ON THE LMSS COMMITTEE?

Every March, a new committee is elected by the members of the LMSS at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). To be on the committee, you simply run for a position, campaign and win enough votes to beat the competition.

Anyone from any year can run for any position! Put yourself forward and have your say on how the society is run!

WHO GOES TO THE NOVEMBER CHARITY DINNER / ANNUAL DINNER?
Anyone of any gender identity can attend either November dinner; choose the one you’d prefer to attend.
WHAT IS 'DBS'?
Aside from the Disclosure & Barring Service criminal record check, it is also an LMSS saying standing for ‘Don’t Be Shy’!
CAN I BUY A YEARLY MEMBERSHIP INSTEAD OF A 5 YEAR ONE?
We have listened to your feedback and are currently working with our trustees to set up an alternative membership arrangement. Watch this space!
IS THE LMSS PART OF THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL?
Yes! As of the 5th of February 2019, the LMSS was re-instated with the University.
The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences within the University of Liverpool announced that a new ‘Association of Clinical Student Societies’ is being established to provide joint governance of the Dental and Veterinary Student Societies alongside the LMSS within the Faculty. The LMSS Officers have worked with the School to update its constitution and ethos and continue to work collaboratively with all the Societies affiliated with the Medical School.
IS THERE A PERFORMING ARTS SOCIETY?

Yes, and it’s called Artefacts!

Established in 1962, Artefacts is the University of Liverpool Medical School’s Performing Arts Society. It is a separate society from the LMSS, but we’re the best of friends.

Whether it’s drama, dance, choir, band or production you are interested in, they’re looking for talented people to join their family and help them prepare for the annual Variety Show, Carol Concert and the highly-anticipated musical. It is a fun and social way to meet medics from all-year groups and in a different type of theatre …

Artefacts brings everyone together to let off some steam; from the barns of Footloose to the cellblocks of Chicago and the ghoulish Addams family musical, their sold-out shows are often the highlight of the medical school calendar attended by students and staff alike. With numerous socials throughout the year, you won’t regret swapping your sterile gloves for jazz hands and adding another highlight to your university experience.

Check out their Facebook page here.

WHAT ACADEMIC SOCIETIES ARE THERE?
The Medical School and Guild have a huge number of speciality-specific societies, which you can look at here. Can’t see one you like? Make one!
I DON'T DRINK ALCOHOL, WILL I BE LEFT OUT?

Not at all! Lots of students don’t drink alcohol (despite what the newspapers say!)

The LMSS and affiliated societies offer many options where drinking is not the focus. At events where drinking is more commonplace, everyone is still welcome and has fun no matter what they prefer to drink!

DO ALL MEDICS LIVE TOGETHER?
No, there aren’t any medic-specific accommodations/halls, although chances are you’ll have another medic nearby! After 1st year you live with whoever you want to, usually in private student houses in the Smithdown/Kensington area of Liverpool.
HOW DO I GET FROM HALLS TO UNI?

Getting from uni to Greenbank and back is easy. The 699 is the student bus that runs directly from the halls down Smithdown Road to the university. It runs every 10-15 mins. You’ll get more information about this in your accommodation pack when you arrive!

Up-to-date timetables are on Arriva’s website – but be careful in the mornings because the buses fill up fast. Cycling is also an easy option and would take around 15 mins. There are plenty of safe places to lock your bike in halls and on campus.

If you live on campus (Vine, Crown, Philharmonic or Melville), then it’s either a short walk or an even shorter cycle, easy!

WHO ARE THE SOCIETY 'OFFICERS' AND 'TRUSTEES'?

Three student officers head the LMSS; the President, Secretary and Treasurer, with an elected committee of students to help run the society and all of our wonderful events. The society is governed by a board of 14 trustees made up of former members, local doctors and experts in medicine and law.


As we are a registered charity, an official board of appointed charitable trustees must take responsibility for the society. The Board of Trustees is the official director of the society. These 14 individuals have the ultimate responsibility for the governance, budget and strategy of the society. They all work alongside the Student Officers who deal with the day-to-day running of the society.