IS ANYONE THINKING OF STUDYING MEDICINE/DENTISRY AT UNI????????

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Well, i'am thinking of doing medicine  or dentisry but I have heard that they are EXTREMELY

competitive is there any advice anyone could give me to get into uni first time!!!!!!:D

Thanx!

Modified twice, last modified by Bushra on Tue 1st January, 2013 @ 21:27

Posted: 01-01-13 21:17 by Bushra

The basics for medicine/denistry/veterinary is getting good grades (A's mainly), as much work experience as possible and extra-curricular activites/hobbies. Also being up to date with current topics in the field helps.

Hope this helps!

Posted: 01-01-13 22:25 by Joanne

Yeah I am :( Really like medicine but trying to get into uni and get good grades in a level turning out to be a challenge. Joanne's right alot of work experience and extra-curricular activites help loads if you're not confident on your grades. Got to think about everything really and start doing stuff before it's too late. Medicine/dentistry shouldn't just be a random choice you have to want to do it to be motivated enough to go through the whole process, if you feel that the competitiveness is to much for you, then I'd probably advise you to choose something else. With medicine and any other medical profession it requires you to be all in and work really hard. 

Posted: 02-01-13 14:15 by Yamuna

THANKS FOR THE ADVICE!

I WAS NOT WORRIED OUT GRADES JUST THE FACT THAT I KNEW I WOULD NEED EXTRA STUFF!

I HAVE WORKED IN A GP'S AND DENTAL PRACTICE BUT I LOVED THEM BOTH!

QUITE HARD TO CHOOSE BETWEEN ONE???

Posted: 02-01-13 15:04 by Bushra

Well what are you most interested in - dentistry or GP? They require different skills - do you think you could look at peoples' teeth all week or listen to people discuss their illness? Which one do you think you could never get bored of and always have the motivation to do?

Posted: 02-01-13 15:24 by Joanne

Remember you have to do the UKCAT (UK clinical aptitude test) for either dentistry or medicine. This is a difficult test, but some universities ignore it when looking at your application. However some universities find it important. It is not something you can study for - it's more you ability to deal with lots of information under pressure, just like you would have to do as a doctor or dentist. 

Posted: 02-01-13 15:31 by Tilly - Team GR

THANKS AGAIN FOR THE ADVICE GUYS!!!!!! WELL I HAVE DONE THE BMAT TEST AND THE UKCAT TEST. I HAVE STILL NOT RECEIVED THE RESULTS FOR THE BMAT BECAUSE I DID IT IN DECEMBER HOWEVER I HAD 700 ON MY UKCAT TEST!

Posted: 02-01-13 23:35 by Bushra

Bushra wrote:

THANKS AGAIN FOR THE ADVICE GUYS!!!!!! WELL I HAVE DONE THE BMAT TEST AND THE UKCAT TEST. I HAVE STILL NOT RECEIVED THE RESULTS FOR THE BMAT BECAUSE I DID IT IN DECEMBER HOWEVER I HAD 700 ON MY UKCAT TEST!

you need to

  • have a variety of work experience i.e in a hospital/practises/ect
  • STAND OUT from the other med applicants
  • and you are faced with a TOUGH interview stage
Posted: 02-01-13 23:46 by Ruby

Thanks that is great advice! i will definetely try and do the following :D

Posted: 03-01-13 00:23 by Bushra

I'm thinking of doing medicine, and I have done a few extra curricular activities in scho9ol like piano lessons and music groups. However, I have no idea where to look or how to find work experience. :/ Any advice??

I've also heard that the interview stage is very hard, any tips on improving interview technique?

Posted: 04-01-13 15:33 by Hanh Nguyen

Reply to ' I followed the nargles' -If you want to get into medicine being unique is very helpful and the fact that you're musically talented is a good thing and will help you stand out in some cases. This being said you still need to do some experience with things relating to medicine, this can be volunteering at a old age home ( shows you can work with old people) , Shadowing at a hospital/Gp and so on. This can be arranged at your school if you have a work experience or careers person in your school. If the school can't arrange it then talk to your gp they may be able to give you advise by either telling you what they did or giving you info to a place where you can get some experience. There's a program going on called Gapmedics which you can find a webpage by googling it. 

I'm in year 12 at the moment so don't know much about the interview stage, I did hear it is difficult. I'm guessing you have to treat it like any other interview and be confident and know what you'd say to possible questions. I'm sure you can find people on the internet that have been through the interview and have posted the questions they have asked. 

Posted: 06-01-13 14:27 by Yamuna

Reply to Yamuna: Thank you for your advice. Yea, I've spoken to the careers advisor and I am definitely thinking of finding work experience somewhere. So far, the school has suggested I try an old age home or charity shop. Then, they said wait for sixth form to do work expereicne in a GPs/ hospital.

And yes, I have found a few mock interviews for medical students online, they seem pretty tough :/

Posted: 07-01-13 19:28 by Hanh Nguyen

Any know where to find mock interviews or questions for vet uni?

Posted: 07-01-13 19:55 by Joanne

This seems good just typed it out on google may be helpful. http://www.one2onemedicine.com/pages/view/5 

This seems good aswell.

http://www.medical-interviews.co.uk/interview-questions-medical-school-interviews.aspx 

Posted: 07-01-13 20:10 by Yamuna