Each university has its own requirements, as a general rule you need to:
Excel in the sciences at GCSE and A-Level
Get relevant work experience
Have relevant extra curriculum activities
Chose the right medical school for you
Get high scores in UCAT and BMAT exams
Write a strong personal statement
Prepare for medical school interview
Improving your chances to get into Medicine
Work Experience -
Health care experience: All UK medical schools now require applicants to have experience in a caring or service role, either paid or voluntarily, in health or related fields. Examples include nursing homes, GP practices or hospitals. This will show interviewers that you have insight into the field and are dedicated to learning about health care.
Contact your local hospital: Most hospitals will run short taster programmes to allow you to gain direct observation of the NHS. During these programmes, try to interact with the whole team as well as patients - you can use this to describe the role of the MDT at interviews - contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Volunteering: Thisis a great way to show that you have commitment to helping others. It is also an easy role to secure since most people are willing to take on volunteers.
Remember: anything can class as relevant work experience if you can demonstrate to interviewers WHAT you learned and HOW this is applicable to a career in Medicine! Skills that will catch the interest of the interviewers include:
your ability to work with others as part of a team
your leadership skills
your compassion for others
your dedication to the role
your ability to time-keep and manage tasks
Demonstrate essential skills
These include Leadership, Teamwork, Communication, being under pressure and dealing with stressful situations.
Within school - any roles you have within school, including being a school rep, being involved in a fundraiser or leading a class project.
Extra Curriculum activities - Hobbies, sports, educational clubs, arts, student government these are all ways to improve your skills set.
At home - you can demonstrate a range of values such as compassion, dignity, respect if you have carer responsibilities at home, doing house work, managing the shopping these can showcase your organisational skills.
Structure your answers - use the below examples to demonstrate your essential skills, this will help guide you along the way.
What did you do?
What skills did you have to use?
What did you learn from the event?
What could you have done better?
Attend Work Placement Programmes
As a trust we will be hosting events throughout the year to prepare you for you Medical School applications.
Careers in Medicine 7th May 2022 - Learn about the different fields of medicine from speciality doctors
Work Placement Programme - 27th July - 31st August - attend ELHT for an in-person 2 day tour of the hospital. You will gain an insight into a life as a doctor, patient experiences and a chance to practice your clinical skills.
Mock MMI event - TBC - sit lifelike multiple mini-interviews to help prepare yourself for the real deal. You will gain useful tips and tricks with feedback from our specialist doctors.
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