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There is a wide variety of policies that medical schools in the UK use when considering your undergraduate degree subject in their selection process. Barts and the London School of Medicine accept any degree if a graduate applies to their 5-year programme but require a degree in a scientific or healthcare discipline if an applicant applies to their 4-year programme. As a contrast to this, Newcastle medical school accepts a degree in any discipline for their 4 year and 5 year programmes. Even more surprising to some will be the university of Nottingham who only accepts applicants with a science undergraduate degree to their 5-year programme, but accepts students with a degree in any discipline to their 4-year programme.
With entry to medical school remaining highly competitive, top A level grades are important to get in to all 5-year and 6-year programmes as well as to get in to some of the 4-year graduate courses. However, as you will see on each university’s page, there are some programmes (particularly 4-year programmes) that do not consider A-level grades at all. St George's University of London's 4-year programme for graduates is one of these.
Medical ethics has a long history from the days of Hippocrates to the present. Ethics are dynamic and the same ethical principles are not necessarily followed the world over. Medical ethics will quickly become part of your life upon gaining a place at medical school but an appreciation of modern medical ethics is also a necessary tool at your medical school interview.
You will vote on the 23rd June 2016 to stay in or to leave the EU. Beyond the meaningless political debates, what are the potential consequences of a Brexit for what matters to us here: the UK National Health Service and health policy?
The day starts with the ward round. This is usually a civilised affair; the patients are brought to us, and there are never more than four of them. These patients will have complex and serious eye conditions which need intense treatment and input. For example, there are those with severe corneal ulcers requiring antibiotic drops every 30 minutes (in an ideal world this would literally be up to 48 times per day (!!), however we do recognise our patients’ need for uninterrupted sleep!). In these patients, we are trying to stop the infection destroying their cornea and causing a corneal perforation.
Having a blank page in front of you is daunting. It can feel like you will never think of anything to write. However with this Medical School essay help, this sensation will not last long! Once you have gone through our brainstorming exercise, your new challenge will be to decide what NOT to write. The most effective and targeted way to brainstorm for a medical school personal statement is to start with the school’s marking scheme. The medicine personal statement marking scheme does vary from one medical school to another, but there are many common elements.
As a medical school applicant, you are asked to describe and reflect on your experiences throughout your personal statement, your secondary application questions (for American and Canadian schools), and then in your interview. The way you discuss your experiences is at least as valuable as the experiences themselves, if not more so. This short guide aims to help you prepare your stories and anecdotes for integration into your written application or for preparation of your medical school interview.
You might be surprised to learn that many medical students and doctors will probably have failed an exam over the course of their lives and training. Although Medicine requires academic ability and diligence, the people working in the profession are also human, and examinations tend to get more and more challenging the further you progress along the training pathway. So if you are reading this blog, having failed an exam, know that you are not alone!
As part of their selection criteria for admission, every medical school in the world will want to ensure they choose applicants who are motivated to study Medicine. This may sound obvious – why bother applying to medical school if you are not motivated? However something to think about is, that with the vast majority of applicants being highly motivated, it is not easy to stand out from your peers in this category. If you do manage to stand out from the rest (in a good way!), then you will be sure to score more highly in this aspect of your application.
It’s 9.15pm on a Monday evening and my alarm clock has just sounded for the fourth time. Fortunately I am staying in rented accommodation near to the hospital where I work, and I don’t have to think what to wear today (it’s a choice of different coloured scrubs!), so I make it into work in time for my 10pm shift. As usual on my walk to work, I get the pre-shift trepidation, wondering how busy the Emergency Department will be tonight. I count three ambulances parked in the ambulance bay outside the hospital and take a breath – that doesn’t bode too badly.