Surge in demand for medicine degrees

I read this article in The Telegraph the other day.

According to David Willetts, the Universities’ Minister, the level of competition among sixth formers for places to study medicine was so high that he was encouraging more people, particularly girls, to apply for other courses like engineering. This is because last year around 4,800 students with straight As at A-level failed to get in to British universities and of those the largest number, around 1,800, were those applying for medicine.

It is thought that there is an increasing interest for medicine because of the high tuition fees and the increasing pressure on students to secure well-paid jobs in the future.

His comments were attacked by head teachers of private schools who warned that ‘the NHS was failing to fund enough places on medical courses despite repeated complaints over a shortage of highly-trained doctors.’

I was one of the lucky ones and am now studying medicine at university, but it was not easy and if you want advice on how to improve your chances of getting a place, click on the link below and have a look at this great new book, Get Into UK Medical School 2015, for sale on Amazon now.

 

Get Into UK Medical School 2015 now in paperback

This book is now available in paperback on Amazon – just click here

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Getting into medical school is tougher than ever, but this book will greatly increase your chances of successfully winning an offer. With an easy-to-read format and engaging style, this book contains a wealth of the latest information, top tips and practical help to guide you through the whole application process. Key features include:

* A comprehensive and up-to-date list of university requirements for 2015

* How to get relevant work experience to make your personal statement stand out

* Top tips for passing the UKCAT

* How to successfully showcase your skills at interview

* Advice on choosing the right medical school for you

* Links to the most useful websites

* Contributions from a 1st year medical student

This books shares with you the wisdom and secrets that other medical school application books leave out. With this book, you CAN get into medical school!

Off to medical school!

This summer I had a great time in Italy and Portugal, I passed my driving test first time and I was so happy to get A*A*A in my A levels. Now this Saturday I’m going to start medical school! I’m so excited and can’t believe it’s happening at last.

I’ve been very busy for the last few weeks seeing friends from Malawi who are studying over here too, going out with friends from school and getting everything I need for uni. I wish everyone lots of luck with their applications to medical school and I hope that you find this blog useful.

UKCAT memories at my driving theory test

At last all my exams are over and I just have my driving test in a few weeks. Yesterday I went back to the Pearson Vue test centre where I’d taken my UKCAT last summer, for my driving theory test. The driving theory test was easy in comparison, and I quite enjoyed it, but it was weird going back, as I could remember how nervous I was before my UKCAT. Luckily I got into it and it was a great feeling coming out afterwards with my test score, which was better than I’d thought I’d do. I hope everyone that is doing their UKCAT this summer gets the results they want too, and if anyone wants some advice about taking the UKCAT or writing their personal statement, take a look at this book available on Amazon kindle by clicking on the title in bold below.

Get Into UK Medical School 2015

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Last Day Living Below The Line

Today is the last day of my Live Below The Line Challenge, and I’d like to thank everyone who has sponsored me to live on £1 a day for 5 days to raise money for Malaria No More. So far I’ve raised £90 through my Live Below The Line fundraising page and Just Giving fundraising page, but it’s not too late if you’d like to donate. Just £1 can save a child’s life from malaria which is preventable and treatable. Just click on the orange coloured links to my fundraising pages to donate quickly and easily.

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The challenge has been quite hard as the food I’ve been eating is very dry and boring, without any taste, and I have missed being able to drink tea and snack when I want. However, it’s taught me how hard it is to eat healthily on a very small budget. I couldn’t afford fresh fruit or veg and have mostly been eating rice and pasta. It’s also given me some tips for cooking cheaply when I’m a medical student, which I’m really looking forward to. I hope I’ve inspired others to try this challenge too to raise awareness about people living in extreme poverty around the world.

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Live Below The Line Fundraising Challenge 2014

Next week I will be taking part in the Live Below The Line Fundraising Challenge again and I will be living off £1 a day for 5 days to help raise awareness about people around the world living in extreme poverty. This is what I did last year:

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I will also be trying to raise money again for my chosen charity, Malaria No More, to try to get more bed nets in places like this hospital in Malawi below: http://www.impatientoptimists.org/~/media/Blog/Other/J/JP%20JZ/545141534656c71c18b2b_jpg_autocropped.jpg

When I lived in Malawi and visited people in hospital there it was very rare to see any mosquito nets, even in the maternity wards. My brother caught malaria while we were living in Malawi, but fortunately he recovered after being given the right treatment. I’m doing this challenge so that other children can also receive life-saving treatment for malaria. No parent should lose their child to a disease that is easy to prevent and only costs £1 to treat.

Malaria is a leading cause of child deaths and poverty in Africa, but together we can make malaria no more. If you would like to donate and help prevent malaria, please visit my Live Below the Line page here.

 

Open Day Invitation

The other day I firmed my first choice university and this Saturday I’ve been invited to attend an Open Day there to look round accommodation and the medical school. I’m really excited as I will be meeting other people who are likely to be studying there with me soon (if I get the grades!)

 

Booking Open Days

This is the time of year to start thinking about university Open Days which usually start in June and go on until September or October. Most universities have already started to take bookings for Open days in June, so it is worth going to their websites and registering now for particular sessions, so you don’t miss out. You not only get to look round the university, accommodation and campus, but you can go to talks about the admissions process which are really useful and give you the facts about which GCSEs and A levels are required, and cut-off points for the UKCAT and BMAT tests.

I found it really useful last year and looked around 5 or 6 universities, so it was easier to narrow down my choice to my top 4 when I filled in my application in September.   image from http://www.southampton.ac.uk/studentadmin/appeals/images_appeals/DSCF1453-0.jpg Below are links to some of the Open Days. If you want to find out more, click on the name of the university to link to their Open Day page.

Sheffield

Birmingham

Manchester

Liverpool

UCL

Nottingham

Southampton

Cardiff

Bristol

Newcastle

If you want to find out more tips about Open Days and the application process, then click on the orange words to have a look at this new book available to buy on Amazon Kindle now.

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New Book – Get Into UK Medical School 2015

Get Into UK Medical School 2015: The comprehensive, step-by-step guide for success in applying to UK medical school [Kindle Edition]

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This is a really helpful book if you are thinking of applying to medical school next year. It has lots of helpful hints for finding work experience, writing your personal statement, preparing for the UKCAT and interviews.

It’s available to download from Amazon kindle books, so if you’re interested just click here. Good luck with your application!