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Slovakia is a land-locked country in Eastern Europe. It is a beautiful country, with nine national parks and several mountain ranges contributing to its appeal. There are three medical schools in Slovakia that offer English language programmes: Pavol Josef, Jessenius and Comenius, each named after a notable figure from Slovakia’s vivid history.
Why do you want to become a doctor?
If you could clone yourself, what would you have your clone do?
Tell me about a time that your curiosity got you in trouble.
What are you going to do if you don't get in?
Well, if you are blanking already reading these four questions, you’d better start preparing yourself to endure even trickier questions during your upcoming Medical School Interview. The Medical School Interview is your last hoop to jump through before starting your journey to becoming a doctor.
Dr Jiva, our founder and CEO, and myself are on our way to meet with the PotMed 2016 organisers from Muslim Medics* at Imperial College in London. The PotMed conference gathers experts in Medical school application and selection process in the UK and welcomes prospective medical school applicants currently in year 13 and 12 for a full-on day, combining lectures in plenary session and Interview practice in the afternoon. The day aims particularly at providing advice on Personal Statement,
Hungary is a land-locked country in Eastern Europe. It is home to around 10 million people, and has four universities that offer a medicine course in English; Debrecen, Pécs, Szeged and Semmelweis, which between them admit over 850 applicants onto English-language medical courses each year. The local currency is the Hungarian forint, which is worth approximately 0.0032 Euros and 0.0036USD, making the cost of living in Hungary very low relative to other European countries.
Whilst most students would be happy to have a place at any medical school, it is important to consider which course structures may be best suited to your learning style. With medical schools using a vast array of acronyms and buzzwords to describe their courses it can be easy to get confused.
Generally, there are two aspects to consider:
In choosing which 4 medical schools to apply to on the UCAS application, many students factor in location, curriculum, reputation and medical school culture. For most students however, the main factor will be where they have the greatest chances of being accepted. Find below a basic, step-by-step guide to help you choose where to apply in order to increase your chances.
BMAT is a 2-hour, pen-and-paper test divided into three sections. It is required by 8 UK Medical Schools (please see Medical Schools Requiring BMAT section). Medical Schools may use the BMAT scores in different ways as part of their admissions process. For example, there may be a cut off score that all applicants must achieve, or the BMAT score may be considered alongside other aspects of the application.
Most medical programmes in the UK use the UKCAT in their selection process. The way in which the medical school uses the UKCAT score is variable, and cut-offs (if they are used) vary each year depending on cohort performance. The UKCAT does not contain any curriculum or science content. It focuses on exploring the cognitive powers of candidates and other attributes considered to be valuable for health care professionals.
In 2016 there were 20,100 students who applied via UCAS for medicine courses in the UK for approximately 8000 places. Places are particularly competitive on graduate entry courses with programmes having an applicant: offer ratio up to 38:1 (King’s). Below, the numbers of applicants, interviews, offers and places in the last application cycle are listed for each medical programme. The ratio of applicants to offers is listed in the last column.
When medical schools review applications for places on their courses, there is a lengthy and in-depth selection process to choose their desired applicants. Nowadays, this process includes analysing academic background; aptitude test performance; and personal statements, which demonstrate a candidate’s motivation, communication skills, empathy, team-working skills etc. It also considers work experience, voluntary activities and positions of leadership. Often, all of these things are looked at, before a candidate is even invited to interview. You might well wonder, with medical school places being so oversubscribed, why admissions boards will go to these lengths to select future doctors.