A few days ago I asked for questions on my story and rather than spam you all with 20 different story posts, I thought I’d compile all my answers into one big post here!
As university open days start to roll around, I thought I’d take the time to *try* and answer one of the big questions that students usually have when thinking about medicine. Obviously I’m no expert, but hopefully, I’ll be able to give you a few things to think about and help you on your way to making your decision!
School is about to start again which means that many new Year 13 students are about to start the stressful process of applying to university. If the world of personal statements and firm choices sounds terrifying to you, don’t worry because this post should help you start at least!
I got quite a few questions when I did an impromptu Q&A on Instagram so I thought I’d type up the rest of my answers instead of spamming people on my story!
After my last post, I received a few questions about the application process in the UK so I decided to put together a Q&A for anything that you were still curious about!
It’s time to settle in because this is going to be a long post! Lots of people have requested that I share my tips for applying to medicine in the UK and so I decided I’d put together this post to serve as a sort of guide. I am going to be focusing on the UK as that’s the only system that I know, but I’m sure some of this information is useful for those of you that are applying to other countries too!
Like most other people hoping to apply to medicine this year, I’ve been preparing for the UKCAT so I thought that this would be a good time to make a list of some resources I’ve found useful when doing my own preparation.
When you’re applying to medicine school in the UK you can only apply to four medical schools, which leaves you with one free option. Choosing your backup course is sometimes difficult as the chances are that your passion is medicine not some other course. Many students choose to take a course that is similar to medicine in the hopes that they can swap onto the medical course either after a year of their course or take medicine as a graduate degree afterwards. If you’re like me then you might just want to choose something else that genuinely interests you even if it isn’t particularly related to medicine!
For those of you who are unsure, hopefully this list of possible courses will give you a helping hand in deciding which course is best for you!
If you’re a student in the UK and you’re planning to apply for medical/dental school then you’re probably familiar with the UKCAT and the BMAT tests. These are tests that every medical student takes before they apply to medical school. The majority of UK medical/dental schools require you to take the UKCAT test and a few like Oxbridge require the BMAT test. This post will go through the ins and outs of taking the UKCAT test.
Earlier this week I asked people for book recommendations that you should read before applying for medical school and I got some great responses so I thought I’d share them here. You can obviously just read these for fun but they should at least be kind of helpful for medical hopefuls.