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By joanna tait and stewart rodney

By Joanna Tait and Stewart Rodney

Application to Medicine


Hurdles for applying to medicine

Hurdles for Applying to Medicine

  • Grades at Higher

  • UKCAT

  • Personal Statement

  • Which Universities

  • Interview


1 grades at higher

1. Grades at Higher


Grades at higher scottish uni s

Grades at Higher: Scottish Uni’s

  • St. Andrew’s:

  • Credit 1 at Standard Grade in Maths and Sciences

  • a minimum of AAAAB at Higher

  • at least 2 A grade predictions for S6 study in either new Highers or Advanced Highers.

  • Edinburgh:

  • 2 at S.Grade at Bio, Chem, Maths and English

  • AAAAB at Higher (Chem + 2 from Bio/Physics/Maths)

  • Advanced Higher- advice 2 (chem + bio most relevant)


Grades at higher scottish uni s1

Grades at Higher: Scottish Uni’s

  • Aberdeen:

  • AAAAB, Chemistry required + 2 from Biology, Maths & Physics + 2 others

  • Glasgow:

  • Minimum of AAAAB at one sitting including Chemistry and Biology and either Mathematics or Physics.

  • Pass in SG English at Grade 2 or an Intermediate 2 pass in English or above is required.

  • Can do Chemistry or Biology as a crash Higher in S6 if Grades AAAAB are obtained in S5. (Minimum Grade B required in Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics or Physics Higher in S6.)

  • Candidates are not considered for entry to Medicine from S5.


Grades at higher scottish uni s2

Grades at Higher: Scottish Uni’s

  • Dundee:

  • AAABB grades at SQA Higher

  • The subjects must include Chemistry and another Science subject, all to be obtained in 5th year.

  • We also require Biology at least to Standard Grade.

  • Applications supported by AAAAC grades from 5th year will also be considered, provided the C grade is not in Higher Chemistry. (Approx. 6% of candidates sitting 5 Highers attain these grades).

  • Achievement at standard grade will also be taken into account.

  • We have no requirements at Advanced Higher but studies must be completed.


Grades at higher english uni s

Grades at Higher:English Uni’s

  • Oxford:

  • AA in Advanced Highers(taken in one academic year)

  • AAAAA in Highers(taken in one academic year)

  • Applicants are required to offer:

    Chemistry (compulsory) at Advanced Higher AND

    At least one from Biology, Physics and Mathematics at Higher.

  • UCL

  • Highers alone do not fulfil the entry requirements.

  • 3 Advanced Highers- Grades AAA

  • must include Chemistry and Biology.


2 ukcat

2. UKCAT


Ukcat test

UKCAT TEST

  • UK Clinical Aptitude Test

  • All UK medical applicants must sit

  • Suggest you sit end of summer – September

  • (15th October deadline for UCAS)


Ukcat test1

UKCAT TEST

  • Quantitative Reasoning

  • Verbal Reasoning

  • Abstract Reasoning

  • Decision Analysis


Quantitative example

QUANTITATIVE EXAMPLE

How many shop buildings are less than 5 metres high?

6

9

12

15

21


Quantitative example1

QUANTITATIVE EXAMPLE

How many shop buildings are less than 5 metres high?

6

9

12

15

21


Verbal example

VERBAL EXAMPLE

The museum in Bradford, where Shakespeare was born, holds artefacts...

Shakespeare was born in a museum in Bradford.

  • True

  • False

  • Can’t Tell


Abstract example

ABSTRACT EXAMPLE


Decision example

DECISION EXAMPLE


3 personal statement

3. Personal Statement


Personal statement

PERSONAL STATEMENT

Show you:

  • Want to study medicine

  • You have taken measures to understand what a career in medicine involves

    - work experiences

    - medic insight days/talking to doctors

  • Committed, dedicated to pursuing a career in medicine


Personal statement1

PERSONAL STATEMENT

  • Some pointers to include:

  • Work experience (GP or Hospital Medicine)

  • Volunteer Work (Old Folk’s Home, DDCA)

  • Positions of Responsibility (Head Boy, Leader at Scouts, JNCO)

  • Academic strength in science

  • Caring, empathy

  • Co-Curricular activities


Work experience

WORK EXPERIENCE

Work Experience

General Practice

Hospital Medicine

  • Contact a practice (email/phone/write letter)

  • Arrange some time to shadow GP

  • Contact Ashludie

  • Assigned a supervisor

  • Observe Hospital Medicine

  • Medic Insight programme

  • Medic Week through school


Work experience1

WORK EXPERIENCE

Work Experience

General Practice

Hospital Medicine

  • Asked a family friend (GP)

  • Shadowed for 1 day

  • Went on reception

  • Observe consultations and

  • Home visits

Contacted someone

Day in A+E


Work experience2

WORK EXPERIENCE

Work Experience

General Practice

Hospital Medicine

  • Contact Ashludie

  • Assigned a supervisor (Iain Tait)

  • Endoscopy, Liver Clinic, Radiology, MDT meeting, Pathology, Paediatric Clinic, Paediatric Theatre, A+E

  • Wrote to Muirhead Practice

  • Spent three days in GP

  • Minor surgery, consultations, home visits

  • Sense of community

2 week research project into GISTs


Work experience3

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Experience + What you learned

  • Don’t list various complicated procedures lacking insight

  • Be prepared to be tested on everything you include


4 which universities

4. Which Universities

  • Ranking procedure

  • Influencial factors e.g. Your UKCAT score or Highers

  • Type of course – integrated, PBL


Future meetings

FUTURE MEETINGS

  • Personal Statement Help

  • UKCAT Help

  • Interview Workshop


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