Medical school interviews start

At my medical school they have started interviewing for 2015 and there are lots of anxious looking sixth formers all waiting for their turn to go in. It is really weird to think that this time last year it was me nervously waiting for my interview and now I am almost at the end of my first term. I can remember feeling really scared as it was my first interview and it was an MMI which is really hard to prepare for. I thought it went really badly as I messed up a couple of the stations, but I still managed to get an offer so I can’t have done too badly.

If you’ve got an MMI coming up then read this article in The Guardian which has some tips from admissions tutors to help prepare for this type of interview and you can also find lots of advice for the day itself in this book. Just click on the orange words to go to the links. Good luck!

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.

 

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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Personal Statement Helper

I found a really good site to help you work out how much to write for your personal statement here. Just paste in your draft personal statement and it will work out the number of characters you’ve used, lines used etc. in the same way that the UCAS form does.

This is what it says:

‘This tool allows you to see how your personal statement will appear to UCAS. It allows you to see changes in real time. It uses UCAS’s method of counting lines (94 characters max per line), and tells you when you’ve gone either the character or line count. It also tells you how frequently you’ve used words.

What’s the point?
– No need to login to UCAS
– Get statistics about your statement
– Instantly see abbreviated forms of words
– Highlight repeated words
– See how small changes affect your line and character count in real time, unlike on UCAS’s online form.
– Generate a word cloud and share with friends!’

So you want to be a doctor?

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Today I got the book ‘So you want to be a doctor?’ It looks like a really interesting and useful book, with lots of information about the process of getting into medical school. It talks about: how much medical school costs; what work experience is best, and how to get it; completing the UCAS form; surviving the UKCAT and BMAT admission tests and getting through the interview. It’s all laid out nicely and looks easy to read! I’ll let you know what it’s like…