Medical School Application Guide

The Medical School Application Guide

 
 

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The Medical School Application Guide

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4 to 6-year programme

  Undergraduate Applicants Graduate Applicants
  5-year 6-year 4-year 5-year
No. of places 253   39 253
Degree N/A N/A 2.1* 2.1
GCSEs AAABBB C in English & Maths None None
A levels AAAb AAB-BBB B in Bio + Chem B in Bio + Chem
Exam UKCAT UKCAT UKCAT UKCAT
Interview Panel Panel Panel + activities Panel
Work experience Highly important Highly important Highly important Highly important
 
 

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  • " It gives an excellent insight into the strategic issues involved in applying to Medicine. "


    - Pamela Andrew, Careers Adviser -- University of St. Andrews -

  • " It is easy to read and is a great place to go for all the information that seems dispersed amongst so many different sources. It"s great that it gets updated every year - because things seem to change so frequently. "

    - Jo Hutchings, Career Adviser -- University of Bristol -

  • " The Medical School Application Guide contains all the detailed information needed by both Career Advisers and Students. The information is current and updated each year. It is an invaluable resource for all Careers Advisers in this field and the essential handbook for students applying to this demanding and rewarding profession. "
    - Agnes Finley, Careers Consultant -- Lancaster University -

  • " I think your books are excellent. I have used them with students and graduates, and Careers Adviser colleagues have also found them invaluable in giving advice regarding such a niche area of the graduate labour market. "

    - Stephen Shilton, Careers Adviser -- University of Glasgow -

 
  • Medical ethics has a long history from the days of Hippocrates to the present. Ethics are dynamic and the same ethical principles are not necessarily followed the world over. Medical ethics will quickly become part of your life upon gaining a place at medical school but an appreciation of modern medical ethics is also a necessary tool at your medical school interview.


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  • You will vote on the 23rd June 2016 to stay in or to leave the EU. Beyond the meaningless political debates, what are the potential consequences of a Brexit for what matters to us here: the UK National Health Service and health policy?



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  • The day starts with the ward round. This is usually a civilised affair; the patients are brought to us, and there are never more than four of them. These patients will have complex and serious eye conditions which need intense treatment and input. For example, there are those with severe corneal ulcers requiring antibiotic drops every 30 minutes (in an ideal world this would literally be up to 48 times per day (!!), however we do recognise our patients’ need for uninterrupted sleep!). In these patients, we are trying to stop the infection destroying their cornea and causing a corneal perforation.

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  • Having a blank page in front of you is daunting. It can feel like you will never think of anything to write. However with the help of this guide, this sensation will not last long! Once you have gone through our brainstorming exercise, your new challenge will be to decide what NOT to write. The most effective and targeted way to brainstorm for a medical school personal statement is to start with the school’s marking scheme. The personal statement marking scheme does vary from one medical school to another, but there are many common elements.

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  • As a medical school applicant, you are asked to describe and reflect on your experiences throughout your personal statement, your secondary application questions (for American and Canadian schools), and then in your interview. The way you discuss your experiences is at least as valuable as the experiences themselves, if not more so. This short guide aims to help you prepare your stories and anecdotes for integration into your written application or for preparation of your medical school interview.

    Read More
  • June 2, 2016

    Coping with Re-Sits

    You might be surprised to learn that many medical students and doctors will probably have failed an exam over the course of their lives and training. Although Medicine requires academic ability and diligence, the people working in the profession are also human, and examinations tend to get more and more challenging the further you progress along the training pathway. So if you are reading this blog, having failed an exam, know that you are not alone!


    Read More
  • Medical ethics has a long history from the days of Hippocrates to the present. Ethics are dynamic and the same ethical principles are not necessarily followed the world over. Medical ethics will quickly become part of your life upon gaining a place at medical school but an appreciation of modern medical ethics is also a necessary tool at your medical school interview.


    Read More
  • You will vote on the 23rd June 2016 to stay in or to leave the EU. Beyond the meaningless political debates, what are the potential consequences of a Brexit for what matters to us here: the UK National Health Service and health policy?



    Read More
  • The day starts with the ward round. This is usually a civilised affair; the patients are brought to us, and there are never more than four of them. These patients will have complex and serious eye conditions which need intense treatment and input. For example, there are those with severe corneal ulcers requiring antibiotic drops every 30 minutes (in an ideal world this would literally be up to 48 times per day (!!), however we do recognise our patients’ need for uninterrupted sleep!). In these patients, we are trying to stop the infection destroying their cornea and causing a corneal perforation.

    Read More
  • Having a blank page in front of you is daunting. It can feel like you will never think of anything to write. However with the help of this guide, this sensation will not last long! Once you have gone through our brainstorming exercise, your new challenge will be to decide what NOT to write. The most effective and targeted way to brainstorm for a medical school personal statement is to start with the school’s marking scheme. The personal statement marking scheme does vary from one medical school to another, but there are many common elements.

    Read More
  • As a medical school applicant, you are asked to describe and reflect on your experiences throughout your personal statement, your secondary application questions (for American and Canadian schools), and then in your interview. The way you discuss your experiences is at least as valuable as the experiences themselves, if not more so. This short guide aims to help you prepare your stories and anecdotes for integration into your written application or for preparation of your medical school interview.

    Read More
  • June 2, 2016

    Coping with Re-Sits

    You might be surprised to learn that many medical students and doctors will probably have failed an exam over the course of their lives and training. Although Medicine requires academic ability and diligence, the people working in the profession are also human, and examinations tend to get more and more challenging the further you progress along the training pathway. So if you are reading this blog, having failed an exam, know that you are not alone!


    Read More