Thinking of a career in Medicine?

Why Medicine?

A career in medicine offers doctors an opportunity to provide a service to the public through the diagnosis and treatment of illness and diseases. Doctors are able to choose which area of medicine they practise in. This should suit their own personal aptitudes. For example, community-based doctors such as general practitioners (GPs) have daily face-to-face contact with patients, while some other doctors concentrate on advancing medicine in terms of undertaking scientific research, which may involve less patient contact.

A medical career should not be embarked on lightly. Following completion of formal training at medical school, doctors go on to train further in their chosen specialty, which involves on the jobtraining as well as studying for exams.

The Medical Application

It’s important to understand the anatomy of a medical application. It’s vitally important to ensure that you accomplish all the given hurdles:

  1. The Minimum Requirements: AS GRADES, A2 PREDICTIONS/GRADES, GCSE GRADES
  2. The Aptitude Tests: UKCAT & BMAT
  3. The Personal Statement
  4. The Interview

Choosing a Medical School

When applying, it's necessary for students to select four from the following medical schools given in the downloads section on the right. It’s important to choose the correct medical school as every school has different entry requirements, which can determine how you write your application.

  1. How should you select your medical school?
    1. Understand where your strongest feature of your application is
    2. Understand what the university is looking for (e.g. a strong set of grades, an excellent personal statement, a mininium score entry for aptitude tests).
  2. You must choose the university that:
    1. best suits the strengths of your application
    2. best suits the place in which you want to study

Work Experience

Medical schools are giving more and more weight to the work experience gained before applying to a medical course. It’s therefore important to record a log of:

  1. All work experience to date
  2. What work was done
  3. What was learned
  4. Confirmatory signature stamp by the person administering the work experience to confirm the experience[1].

Use the work experience log book from the downloads section on the right to record all your work experience.

[1] This experience may be asked forby the universities that you are applying to

For more information, useful links, helpful downloads, please see the adjacent sidebar or contact Head of Gifted and Talented students, Mrs Lynne Cullingworth on lcullingworth@toothillschool.co.uk. 

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