Why apply to Green Templeton for clinical medicine?

Green Templeton College offers a full and rich programme of clinical teaching and support which is highly regarded by our students. Reasons to choose Green Templeton include:

Human Welfare in a Graduate College

Green Templeton is a graduate college, with approximately 600 students from all over the world, studying a broad range of subjects but overwhelmingly concerned with human welfare. There are students of social policy, global health, environmental change, government (public policy), ethics and education, as well as management, medicine and medically-related sciences. We also cover subjects from the history of medicine to the latest tech innovations and from anthropology to zoology.

It is possible to make new friends and collaborations within a cohort who will be relevant to your career, share an interest in welfare, and are culturally diverse. They are also mature enough (average age late 20s) to have a long-term view of relationships and career paths. While we would encourage you to keep old friends as well as make new ones, we recognise that some people like the ‘change’ of emphasis in a ‘graduate’ college.

One feature of such collaboration is the multi-disciplinary annual Human Welfare Conference, organised by students. It attracts distinguished international speakers and delegates from many academic disciplines and practitioners from NGOs and other organisations. Another example is the Medical Humanities Summer School, a highly regarded successor to the Literature in Medicine seminars, which have run in several previous years.

Active Common Room

The Graduate Common Room (GCR) hosts social and sporting events and is very active (and not just limited to full term). There are mainstream sports (particularly successful rowing), bops, special dinners, weekly (free) Sunday brunches, wine society, book club, annual Summer Ball, events welcoming children and partners (e.g. garden party), etc. For more specialised interests there are also the many University societies.

There is also the opportunity for students to organise more events if they wish. The GCR is receptive to those who want to form new societies or organise new events. The 100^2 initiative offers £100 for each of 100 projects instigated and chosen by students, to promote everything from culture to community.

Students and fellows share the Common Room and there is no hierarchy.

The Richard Doll Society of Medicine

There is a thriving Green Templeton medical society, the Richard Doll Society (RDS), which is open to all members of the college, past and present. The RDS usually organises several dinners, speaker meetings and other events each year, welcoming back the ‘lost tribe’ of junior doctors, too.

Green Templeton also hosts a number of formal lectures, workshops and conferences, which appeal to its constituents and the wider academic community. Examples include the Health & Care Seminar Series and the Sheila Kitzinger Programme of seminars, policy lectures, debates and other events on medical, legal and social issues. See the Academic Projects section for more information.

Funding for academic activities

Green Templeton encourages students to work on projects (perhaps with mentoring by a senior member) and to present their work, typically as a poster at a conference. There is a scheme for students to apply (on a competitive basis, as funds are limited) for funding to attend conferences, fieldwork or courses.

Most medical student applicants (almost all) get most of the costs reimbursed for presenting at national conferences and up to £500 for international conferences. This is in addition to elective funding (£880 per student) and £300 towards paediatrics or obstetrics placements abroad in year five.

Green Templeton tends to prefer distributing funds widely to lots of medical students, rather than funding a small number of high value prizes or scholarships (perhaps unlike some other colleges). This fits with the ethos of valuing collaboration above competition, which is so important once you are working for the benefit of patients.

It is also possible for a group of students to bid for funds to host a study day or conference (one recent example being on global mental health, which The Lancet co-sponsored).

Management & Leadership Training

The Management in Medicine Programme is a unique asset which helps clinical students (alongside others) to learn leadership and management skills (for both individual and team-based effectiveness and efficiency), and to understand better, health care delivery.

These skills make a huge difference both in clinical practice and in research teams; they are increasingly important for doctors but are not yet part of the curriculum for BM. The scheme allows opportunities for shadowing a senior manager and/or for working on a ‘live’ service improvement project as well as a rolling programme of seminars and workshops (which are outside office hours and will not clash with medical school commitments). In addition, Green Templeton has a mentoring scheme.


We have up to 100 medical students and dozens of medically-qualified fellows, and there are advantages in having a large community of talented and ambitious scientists and clinicians (both students and tutors). There is sufficient critical mass to allow you to find others with similar interests – including many established clinicians and researchers (not just fellows, but Teaching Associates, Common Room Members and alumni). It is usually possible to find someone who can advise on a project, help with elective contacts, or provide useful careers advice. It is also likely that there will be enough people attending to make an extra teaching session worthwhile.

Teaching Programme

The teaching programme tries to offer as much teaching as students want, with a focus on practical proficiency as a clinician and confidence in becoming a good Foundation Doctor. Most of the college-based teaching is part of the core curriculum. Once students feel confident with this they can enjoy extension material if they wish.

There are seminars on Tuesday evenings, every week (not just in ‘full’ term) during all of year four and from July to January of year six (i.e. until finals). Seminars are interactive: students are encouraged to admit ‘not knowing’ and to ask questions; tutors are not judgemental. There are sandwiches before seminars so that students can mingle/catch up, including with those in other years. We feel it is very important that students learn together and support each other, sharing opportunities and experiences, and recognising that everyone is valuable and nobody is perfect, but we are all trying to do our ‘reasonable best’.

There are also bedside clinical skills teaching sessions for groups of four to six students for approximately one hour per week provided by Teaching Associates (mostly specialty trainees) on the wards in year four and year six. We also have similar teaching associates at District General Hospitals (Reading, Stoke Mandeville, Wycombe, Swindon), and for the year five specialties (Paeds, O&G, Neuro, MSK, GP, & Psych). We also organise extra sessions, often at weekends, for surgical skills practice, BLS practice, exam past-paper practice, or extra core teaching (e.g. on radiology). Prior to year four and year six exams there is a practice ‘mock OSCE’ with patients. Students often teach those in the year(s) below either formally or informally and can make use of examination couches in college.

Equipment & Books

Green Templeton has excellent library facilities and aims to stock enough copies of all core texts to satisfy demand; if you find that the library is missing a core textbook then please request it. Green Templeton also gives students (to keep) a copy of the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine at the start of year four, and Pocket Prescriber and the Oxford Handbook for the Foundation Programme at the start of year six.

Students receive a high quality stethoscope at the start of year four and have access to borrow an ophthalmoscope/otoscope whenever needed. Because of these, there is no need for book grants or equipment grants.


Green Templeton has 28 places per year for standard course (year four to year six) students. We can usually accept at least 80% to 90% of applicants who put us as first choice.

If you want to discuss applying, or if you have any questions or comments, please email Dr Laurence Leaver, the Senior Doll Fellow who is responsible for the overall medical programme.