Teacher Guidance

3 circle images of students taking part in I'm a Medic. They're all looking at screens with I'm a Medic on them.

Introducing the activity to students

I’m a Medic, Get me out of here is an activity where you connect with real healthcare professionals online. We are taking part in the XXX Zone.

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  • As a class, we will have a 30 minute live Chat with some of the healthcare professionals.
  • It’s text-only; there’s no audio or video.
  • In the live Chat, you can ask the healthcare professionals any questions you like.
  • You can see which healthcare professionals have signed up for our Chat on your dashboard when you log in.
  • There will also be a moderator in the Chat, who is there to make sure everything runs smoothly.
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  • You can send the healthcare professionals questions in the Ask section.
  • You can send questions to any healthcare professionals in the Zone, even if they weren’t in our live Chat.
  • You can ask whatever you like, and you can send your questions at any time.
  • If you add an email address to your account, you’ll get an email when your question has been answered.
  • Questions and answers stay on the site, so have a look around and see what others have asked.
  • At the end of the Zone, the student who asked the best question will win a gift voucher!

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You’ll need:

To run I’m a Medic you will need to:

  1. Arrange IT equipment for students (e.g. book computer suite, laptops, or tablets). I’m a Medic works best when students have access to their own device. Make sure that school students are able to login on your organisations’ devices.
  2. Inform your IT admin team and ask them to add the websites on this list to your network allowlist

Lesson plans

There are many ways to use I’m a Medic. We’ve put together some suggested lesson plans.

We developed them in consultation with teachers and they have been extensively tested. Most teachers find them extremely helpful.

Format: Starter/activity/plenary
Suggested adaptations: For lower and higher ability groups
Timings: Designed for 50 mins
Purpose: Develop skills for Working Scientifically.

Lesson 1 – “Exploring the NHS” 
Lesson objectives:

  • Introduce I’m a Medic.
  • Consider a range of careers in the NHS and understand the services the NHS provides.
  • Identify primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare services and when they are used.

Lesson 2 – “Meet the healthcare workers!”
Lesson objectives:

  • Consider the different roles within the NHS.
  • Consider a range of criteria to judge the healthcare team on, and understand that different (important) values may need to be weighed against each other.
  • Develop a sense of democracy and how to decide how to cast a vote.
  • Discuss different viewpoints and understand different values will be important to different people in the class.

Lesson 3 – “Live Chat”
Lesson objectives:

  • Interact with healthcare workers using CHAT
  • Broaden the students’ understanding of careers within the NHS

Running a Chat prompt Sheet

If you have booked a Chat on behalf of another teacher then pass on this guidance sheet to them

Give access to students

  1. From your dashboard, click MANAGE AND VIEW CLASSES to see the list of classes you’ve created.
  2. Give access to the activity through the pre-made login cards. Students can login with the username and password on each card. If this is not possible for you, then give students the unique registration URL where they can sign up with an email address.

More information on student data ❯

Meet the healthcare professionals

screenshot of a live chat

Give your students an opportunity to read the profiles of the healthcare professionals taking part and prepare their questions.

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Chat: Connect with healthcare professionals

How to book

Login and go to imamedic.ddev.site/live-chat

  1. Select the Zone
  2. Choose your date and time. Allow time for your students to login.
  3. Select a Class, or Create a New Class
  4. After clicking ‘Confirm Booking’, you will get a confirmation email with the next steps

Taking part in a live Chat

  1. When it’s time for your Chat, log in to imamedic.ddev.site
  2. Go to your Dashboard. You will find a link to your Chat under ‘Chat Bookings’
  3. A moderator will have set the live Chat up for you. Only students in your class can access your booked Chat.
  4. If you have any issues call us ASAP on 01225 326 892

Ask: Follow up question

Following on from a live Chat, students can ask more in depth questions to healthcare professionals taking part in the Zone, even if they weren’t in the live Chat.

After your live Chat: Reflection


After your live Chat, you can use your teacher account to download a copy of the transcript. Don’t worry if you close the Chat window – you will also be emailed a link to the transcript at the end of the day.

Multiple interventions

I’m a Medic is suitable for students aged 10 to 18. Studies show that engaging with an activity over multiple interventions is shown to increase students’ aspirations as well as increase the chance of them meeting multiple outcomes at a deeper level.

Student participation certificate

Students are able to download and print their own certificate from their dashboard. However, if you’d rather download the student participation certificate template yourself you can do so here: Download the Participation Certificate ❯

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We’re here to help. If you should have any questions, or need a hand with anything, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at support@imamedic.ddev.site or by calling (+44) 01225 326 892.

You can also chat with us in the Staffroom Chat ❯ weekdays 9am to 5pm, whilst Zones are running.
(you must be logged in with your I’m a Medic username)

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