Student societies

Never a dull moment

As you settle in to life at Hull York Medical School, there are plenty of opportunities to meet people, have fun, dust off old skills and develop new ones.

With medical-specific School societies ranging from Wilderness Medicine to the Teddy Bear Hospital, and a huge number of clubs available for you to join as a member of either the University of Hull or University of York Students’ Unions, you’ll never be short of things to do.

Here are just some of the medical societies you can look forward to joining as a Hull York Medical School student.


Hull and York MedSoc are the two leading societies for MB BS students. Whether it’s a charity fundraiser, barbecue, formal ball or quiz night, there’s always some social activity for you to get involved in. MedSoc are always on hand to offer support if you need advice on your studies or university life.

Wilderness Medicine

Wilderness Medicine is about providing healthcare to people when you are miles from the hospital environment. Over the past few years the society has run events including climbing, walking, mountain biking and scuba diving along with traditional lectures and workshops on topics relating to wilderness medicine. 

Teddy Bear Hospital

Teddy Bear Hospital works with children in local primary schools to help them feel comfortable around healthcare professionals. The society play medical-themed games and informative stations with their teddy bear ‘patients’, including X-rays, calling 999 and handwashing. Children even get to write special ‘pawscriptions’ for the bears in their care.


Sexpression volunteers are trained on topics such as consent, healthy relationships, contraception and LGBTQ+ awareness and go into local secondary schools to do small-group teaching. The group also runs advocacy campaigns, fundraisers and socials and go to the national network conferences twice a year.

York Medics Football Club

York Medics Football Club is a rapidly growing club with approximately 70 members, ranging from first year students up to specialist registrar doctors. The club also has socials, fixtures against Hull Medics FC and a nationwide tournament playing medical school teams across the country.

Pre-Hospital Care Programme

The student-led Pre-Hospital Care Programme is for those who are interested in pre-hospital and emergency medicine, or just want to do something exciting alongside their medical degree. A large part of the programme involves training to be Community First Responders with the local ambulance services and responding to 999 calls for cardiac arrests, chest pain, seizures and more.

Students for Kids International Projects (SKIP) 

The SKIP group work in Tanzania with an organisation called Mkuza Youth Development Association to raise awareness of disability, knowledge of HIV/AIDS and improve access to healthcare and education. Each year the group train volunteers to travel to Tanzania in the summer to work on the project.

HYMS British Medical Association Committee 

The BMA is a trade union and professional body representing thousands of doctors in the UK, which the majority of Hull York Medical School students join in their first year. This committee links students to the BMA nationally and represents views at a national level. If you have an interest in medical politics, or enthusiastic about representation and advocating for change, this committee is for you.

HYMS Hockey

HYMS Hockey is one of the most active student societies. They train in Hull every weekend, cater for all abilities and years, and have a membership that also includes some local doctors.  Matches are playing against other medical schools and local clubs, including a national tournament with medical and dental school teams across the UK.

Global Medsin York

From natural disasters in the developing world to homeless on our streets, Global Health Medsin York works for change locally, nationally and globally. If you like debating, campaigning and taking action against health inequality then this society is for you.