what we do

theMSAG uses a blend of custom teaching methods, a tailored approach and innovative technology to help students get into medical school.

Our mission is to make high-quality career support for medical school applications accessible to as many students as possible, regardless of social, financial or geographic limitations.

Why we exist

There are significant barriers to medical school entry in the UK.  Firstly there is a different selection method and criteria for every school - that’s hundreds of variations that no single student can be expected to research or remember!  Considering students can only apply for 4 schools, it can be near impossible to find the appropriate fit with the best chances of admission.

Secondly, everyone has unique circumstances.  There are many students who are just confused.  Graduates are also in a unique position, as they don’t have access to careers advisers.  International students struggle because all available information is written for UK students.  It’s also more competitive and selective as there is less spots for internationals.  Then there are also gap year students, people working as a nurse that want to transition into a career as a doctor - the list goes on and on.  What everyone has in common is that they all want to know how to get into medical school in the UK.

Finally, it is a trend in medicine, both in the UK and worldwide, that students from wealthier backgrounds with parents that are doctors are much more likely to gain entrance to medical school.  This is because of access to the right career guidance, contacts in the profession and expensive prep courses. 

We exist to level the playing field and help widen access to medical school by providing resources and custom-help for any prospective students - regardless of race, gender, culture or financial means.

OUR VALUES


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EXCELLENCE

We are shaping a future for hard-working young adults. That level of responsibility demands excellence from everything we do: exceptional tutors, tailored/updated content and top-notch customer service. We only succeed if our students do.

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TAILORING

It’s not about what worked for us, it’s about what works for you. Through every stage of the application process, we provide a personal approach to make sure you’re confident, prepared, and your application is strong enough to succeed.

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TECHNOLOGY

Medicine is a field that stays at the forefront of technology, constantly making new discoveries and bettering the science. From our physical courses to our fully custom-built interactive experiences, technology is integral to what we do at theMSAG.

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ACCESSIBILITY

Everyone should have an equal chance to get into med school, but some entry barriers are larger than others. We offer financial support and keep our prices as low as possible because we want to encourage anyone that has a desire and passion for medicine to succeed.

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TRUST

We keep the trust between students, parents and teachers strong by being honest about our skills, our prices, and our goals. We speak openly and candidly with everyone. When we say we offer students a high chance of success, we truly believe that is the case.

How we’ve grown


Our Founder

theMSAG has is built from a strong foundation. Our CEO Dr Dibah Jiva has tutored or taught classes in languages, sciences, ethics, interview and exam preparation since she was 15, and has been helping students with medical school admissions for 13 years. Her natural talent and pedagogy help to develop the best career and educational resources in the medical school application market. You can read more about Dr Dibah Jiva here.

Our Team

Our team is diverse: in gender, educational background and skills. We give students and parents the opportunity to get guidance and advice from a wide range of credible sources of information that they trust and can relate to, including:
  • Doctors & Dentists of a variety of specialities
  • Medical students from 30+ medical schools in the UK
  • Doctors who are internationals and successfully made it in the UK

Growing Resources

An authentic experience is important to our users and students. With that in mind, we have collected real questions and assessments used in UK medical schools over the past 6 years and have created a robust tutor training programme to ensure the highest level of quality.

Utilising Technology

After having initially focused on the quality of our pedagogy to provide better solutions, we have now significantly invested in technology to make sure we deliver a better, more accessible experience. Our Online Interview Course won the 2019 PIEoneer Award for Digital Innovation, which you can read more about below. Our new UCAT software was launched in May 2020 and had almost 1000 users in its first month.

Where we’re going

We began as a provider of medical school career guidance. After building a brand and experience, we have now put technology at the forefront of our method of delivery. This has allowed us to become the cheapest provider in the UK, improve accessibility to people from all backgrounds while delivering a better user experience and the same level of pedagogical quality we always have.

AWARDS

2019

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FINALIST - Business of the year - Less than 50 Employees

Finalists show outstanding initiative, boldness and imagination in the enterprise, as well as sound management practices. They have demonstrated sustainable growth combined with a degree of commercial success that is exceptional for the size of the business.

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FINALIST - Service Excellence

Finalists in this category will give outstanding assistance and advice to those who buy or use the business or organisation’s products or services.

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FINALIST - Private Tutoring Company

The EducationInvestor Awards celebrate excellence and recognise innovation in the education sector. Finalists in each category have made an outstanding contribution to education, as judged by an independent panel of high profile judges.

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FINALIST - Digital Publisher

The EducationInvestor Awards celebrate excellence and recognise innovation in the education sector. Finalists in each category have made an outstanding contribution to education, as judged by an independent panel of high profile judges.

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FINALIST - Supplier of the Year: under £1m turnover

Finalists are suppliers and/or distributors that supply educational establishments with high-quality, safe products appropriate to their everyday teaching and learning needs.

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WINNER - Digital Innovation of the Year - Learning

Using technology to lead learning, or implementing online or blended modules, can have a significant impact on the way teachers teach and students learn. Winners of this category have developed technology that has a significant impact on international students.

“The Medical School Application Guide is one of the only online methods available for international students to learn about the UK’s medical school interview system. Simple and cost-effective, the online program allows students to learn at their own pace, with an adaptive teaching method. Our judges called the program thoughtful and conscious in its effort.” -Source

2020

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FINALIST - Business of the year
Less than 50 Employees

Finalists show outstanding initiative, boldness and imagination in the enterprise, as well as sound management practices. They have demonstrated sustainable growth combined with a degree of commercial success that is exceptional for the size of the business.

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FINALIST
Business Innovation

Finalists in this category have done something new, different, smarter or better that will make a positive difference. Innovation ranges from implementing time-saving office procedures to brand new products.

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FINALIST
Service Excellence

Finalists in this category will give outstanding assistance and advice to those who buy or use the business or organisation’s products or services.


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