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Aberdeen Medical School Applicants 2012

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    To any current medical students at Aberdeen - I have received an offer and would like to know if there is a good mix of graduates and undergraduates in each year group? I would also like to know what you think of the course/does it live up to expectations/do the teaching methods work for you? What's it like to live in Aberdeen and where are the best student areas for living? I'm a graduate myself and if I accept Aberdeen I'm thinking of renting a flat with others rather than going into halls again. What do other graduates do about living? Any help would be great!
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    (Original post by atomos)
    AAAB for advanced highers is pretty amazing! :yes:
    Kinda wish I only took 3, if I had I wouldn't have lost 1 point for edinburgh
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    (Original post by roar558)
    Kinda wish I only took 3, if I had I wouldn't have lost 1 point for edinburgh
    True, their system is so harsh. But I don't think it would have hindered you anywhere else though
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    (Original post by atomos)
    True, their system is so harsh. But I don't think it would have hindered you anywhere else though
    Probably not but since I was in top 450 of applicants, there's probably only 1 or 2 points from what I had and an offer score.
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    (Original post by roar558)
    Probably not but since I was in top 450 of applicants, there's probably only 1 or 2 points from what I had and an offer score.
    thats so annoying. they should only take into account your best 3, seeing as a lot of people will only do three(myself included..)
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    (Original post by TheRabbit)
    People accepting offers from Aberdeen should have a look at the entrance scholarships available, a little bit of extra finance is always good!
    No scholarships available for international students (or at least for my country) Do many internationals take up part-time work? Is it possible for internationals to work as a HCA/phlebotomist etc. in Aberdeen?
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    (Original post by Ergo)
    No scholarships available for international students (or at least for my country) Do many internationals take up part-time work? Is it possible for internationals to work as a HCA/phlebotomist etc. in Aberdeen?
    Check your visa conditions. I can't personally recall any internationals in my year who worked.
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    (Original post by TheRabbit)
    People accepting offers from Aberdeen should have a look at the entrance scholarships available, a little bit of extra finance is always good!
    I assume these only apply to school leavers and not graduates? I have a fair bit saved up and will continue working until the start of the course but know it's going to be difficult. I'll manage somehow - so very happy to have been offered a place! I still can't believe it!
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    (Original post by MagicStars)
    I assume these only apply to school leavers and not graduates? I have a fair bit saved up and will continue working until the start of the course but know it's going to be difficult. I'll manage somehow - so very happy to have been offered a place! I still can't believe it!
    Not too sure, more info can be found here.
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    (Original post by Ergo)
    No scholarships available for international students (or at least for my country) Do many internationals take up part-time work? Is it possible for internationals to work as a HCA/phlebotomist etc. in Aberdeen?
    As beccasarah says it will depend on your visa, but I know an international student who has a part time job here.

    (Original post by MagicStars)
    I assume these only apply to school leavers and not graduates? I have a fair bit saved up and will continue working until the start of the course but know it's going to be difficult. I'll manage somehow - so very happy to have been offered a place! I still can't believe it!
    I'd still have look and check, they have a range of different criteria.
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    (Original post by Ergo)
    No scholarships available for international students (or at least for my country) Do many internationals take up part-time work? Is it possible for internationals to work as a HCA/phlebotomist etc. in Aberdeen?
    I don't think there's enough time for work, sadly And under our Visa, I think we can work 20 hours per week maximum
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    (Original post by Metastasis)
    I don't think there's enough time for work, sadly And under our Visa, I think we can work 20 hours per week maximum
    Really? I worked throughout my first three years, and had colleagues who were in fourth year and working.
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    (Original post by Metastasis)
    I don't think there's enough time for work, sadly And under our Visa, I think we can work 20 hours per week maximum

    (Original post by Becca-Sarah)
    Really? I worked throughout my first three years, and had colleagues who were in fourth year and working.
    I have actually been working two jobs over the past year
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    (Original post by TooSexyForMyStethoscope)
    I have actually been working two jobs over the past year
    Same, if we're counting my non-term time job Completely unemployed this academic year though :sigh:
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    (Original post by Becca-Sarah)
    Really? I worked throughout my first three years, and had colleagues who were in fourth year and working.
    (Original post by TooSexyForMyStethoscope)
    I have actually been working two jobs over the past year
    That's good to hear! I was really worried because in my home country all my friends in medical school are really stressed and have little time left besides studying What are you guys working as?
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    (Original post by Metastasis)
    That's good to hear! I was really worried because in my home country all my friends in medical school are really stressed and have little time left besides studying What are you guys working as?
    I do admin work for a GP practice, I believe becca used to do the same at another practice in the city, and also build stages at the AECC
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    (Original post by TooSexyForMyStethoscope)
    I do admin work for a GP practice, I believe becca used to do the same at another practice in the city, and also build stages at the AECC
    The 'build stages' part sounds cool. Hehe. Would it be easy to find work in a medical setting (like your GP job) for a medical student who's an international?
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    (Original post by Metastasis)
    The 'build stages' part sounds cool. Hehe. Would it be easy to find work in a medical setting (like your GP job) for a medical student who's an international?
    Well my job only became available as a student was graduating. There was an email sent out to the GPSoc and people were invited to apply. There was a lot of interest apparently. They aren't the sort of jobs which turn over every year...more like every five
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    (Original post by Metastasis)
    The 'build stages' part sounds cool. Hehe. Would it be easy to find work in a medical setting (like your GP job) for a medical student who's an international?
    There is probably about 1 coming up each year, due to the low turnover as tsfms says.

    I work as an events steward which is only like 9 hours a month in termtime (still an extra £54/mth), but i have considered changing companies for more shifts as there is time. Around my studying, I play hockey 4 times a week, spend a night a week helping out at a scout group and go to a few other socety things plus other social evens so if I dropped some of that I would have more time to work. I know people working as part time shop assistants and as promo staff for night clubs as well as HCA and carehome staff.
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    (Original post by TooSexyForMyStethoscope)
    I do admin work for a GP practice, I believe becca used to do the same at another practice in the city, and also build stages at the AECC
    Can we clarify from your awfully worded sentence that Becca has never built a stage? Thank you.

    (Original post by Metastasis)
    The 'build stages' part sounds cool. Hehe. Would it be easy to find work in a medical setting (like your GP job) for a medical student who's an international?
    Usually minimum second year for the knowledge/vocabulary required.

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