Dating medical school

01 Dec

I didn’t realise just how hard until I started to research it.

According to Ucas figures for 2012 entry, there were 82,489 applications to medical courses for only 7,805 places.

Realistically, to gain an offer your predicted grades must be AAA at least.

If you do get a conditional offer, your place at medical school will be assured by meeting the required grades: AAA, or even A*AA at some universities.

Leo Feinberg, president of the University of Birmingham’s Med Soc and a third-year medical student, volunteered in an acute medical unit, where he learnt what he says is one of medicine’s most important lessons: that “Patients want to talk.

Students are told that there is a limited amount of work they can do to prepare for the aptitude test, but Joe Hamilton, a third-year medical student, told me otherwise.Nearly all universities ask for chemistry A-level and at least one other science: some insist this should be biology.A third A-level is needed, and it can be any subject (although most medical schools will not accept general studies or critical thinking).Dr Lawrence Seymour, a consultant in acute medicine at a teaching hospital, recommends starting as early as GCSE year.“I would advise a would-be doctor to keep a folder and collect anything in the general press or from medical journals such as the BMJ [formerly the British Medical Journal] that relates to medical advances, new treatments – anything that catches their interest.” Before applying, students should make sure they have a clear idea of what being a doctor is about, says David Bender, an emeritus professor of nutritional biochemistry at University College London, and a former member of the medical admissions team.