Medicas founder Ranjita Howard's Interview with HealthTech Women
By day Specialist Trainee in Psychiatry.
By night Tweeting all things MEDICAS.
Status Crazy Health Disruptor.
Publications “Puzzles for Medical Students: Paediatrics. Scion Publishing" "Puzzles for Medical Students: Differential Diagnosis. Royal College Medicine Press", "Puzzles for GCSE Students: GCSE Biology. Best Education.”
A little bit about MEDICAS…
MEDICAS is an e-learning website that aims to help students from different backgrounds get into medical school. Only one in 10 applications are successful, with the few successful applications often coming from backgrounds which provide a strong support system for this painful admission system. The idea behind this venture comes from the founders’ observations that doctors coming from non-traditional backgrounds bring a fresh and varied perspective to the job despite it being a more difficult journey through the admission process. Therefore, MEDICAS provides students with the tools to compete with traditional applicants, giving them that extra support they need to get into medical school.
What has your journey been like in becoming a clinical entrepreneur?
“I did a degree in psychology as well as medicine, and I continue to study and learn every day as I perform my specialist training in the North East of England. During my 20s I changed things up a bit and worked in PR and marketing in London, providing my medical expertise to coordinate health campaigns. However, I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit so I’m taking full advantage of the support and mentorship available in the Clinical Entrepreneurship Programme.
What drew you to medical innovation?
“Innovation has always been my thing. I’ve always been intrigued by the world of technology and its progress, as access increases around the world. I’m a strong advocate for using technology better in all sectors, as it seems the most plausible way forward to help us fix the larger problems we are facing in this day and age. In the field of psychiatry, I believe there is tremendous opportunity for technology to transform the way we deal with patients. However, the role of the doctor is to be empathetic, to have faith in people while staying objective and standing by your assessment, and this human aspect will never be replaced by computers. It definitely requires perseverance and resilience, but make sure you never lose that hint of compassion that got you into this profession in the first place.”
Top tip for those who want to be a Doctor when they grow up?
“I would say – be absolutely sure that this is what you want to do because it’s going to be challenging on so many levels. Choosing to be a doctor is ultimately dedicating yourself to a life-long career of extremely hard work! Also prepare as best as possible before applying to the course of your choice, including reaching out to get as much relevant work experience as possible. This will definitely help you feel more confident in your decision as well as give you more credibility when writing your personal statement and during interviews.”
Dr Ranjita Howard's Publications