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    (Original post by GiuliaRinaldi)
    I've been at St.Mary's in Imperial Trust for almost 4 years now! Trained as a nurse here and stayed here also!

    See MiloMilo and Absorbaloff at the offer open day thing?
    Yup
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    (Original post by MiloMilo)
    What do you work as, if you don't mind me asking? Would you be able to keep the job going...?

    (Original post by Don'tMessThisUp)
    Oh, I see what you mean. But if you really wanted Warwick, surely you wouldn't turn down the interview place? I mean, considering that you got a place at SGUL does show that you're of a high standard - it's possible that you'd get the Warwick place.

    Yeah, you'd lose the job in the Trust you're currently at, but you are training to be a doctor - how long would you be able to commit to that? (Which Trust are you at, btw? I was at Imperial on and off for ... about 3 years, did Guys and Tommy's and then did the Whittington...)
    I work at uclh as a bank hca, so I could keep going at that for a year or two. I think it's the hassle of having to prepare for another interview, and I like St George's and I much prefer the hospitals it's associated with in comparison to Warwick. My boyfriend also lives here, and while we could make it work it would be difficult :/
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    (Original post by GiuliaRinaldi)
    I've been at St.Mary's in Imperial Trust for almost 4 years now! Trained as a nurse here and stayed here also!

    See MiloMilo and Absorbaloff at the offer open day thing?
    Errr, I might be able to if my uni isn't being difficult. Did you study at King's by any chance??
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    (Original post by GiuliaRinaldi)
    I've been at St.Mary's in Imperial Trust for almost 4 years now! Trained as a nurse here and stayed here also!

    See MiloMilo and Absorbaloff at the offer open day thing?
    St Mary's! I worked at St Marys for a couple of weeks before I ended up spending the best part of a year at the Western Eye. Loved it there, so much fun.
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    We have set up a FB group for people with a MBBS4 / GEP offer for 2015.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/344995705685308/
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    (Original post by GiuliaRinaldi)
    I've been at St.Mary's in Imperial Trust for almost 4 years now! Trained as a nurse here and stayed here also!

    See MiloMilo and Absorbaloff at the offer open day thing?
    Heyyyyyy I work in St Mary's too but as a HCA I'm pursuing grad med too


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    (Original post by asarev)
    Heyyyyyy I work in St Mary's too but as a HCA I'm pursuing grad med too


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    Cool! did you apply for this year entry??
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    Has anybody here rejected their George's offer already? And has anyone on the waiting list heard any news? Waiting sucks....
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    (Original post by dangeroux)
    Has anybody here rejected their George's offer already? And has anyone on the waiting list heard any news? Waiting sucks....
    I definitely know of one person who has rejected their offer, but no one seems to have heard from the waiting list, so I wonder if they will let everyone know at the same time either way in May? You will be way higher up on the list than me due to your gamsat score so it looks like you're in with a good shot!

    Do you have any other offers? is SGUL your top choice/will you definitely accept the offer if you get it?
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    (Original post by ceciafb)
    I definitely know of one person who has rejected their offer, but no one seems to have heard from the waiting list, so I wonder if they will let everyone know at the same time either way in May? You will be way higher up on the list than me due to your gamsat score so it looks like you're in with a good shot!

    Do you have any other offers? is SGUL your top choice/will you definitely accept the offer if you get it?
    From the way it works - you have to wait until you have replies from all your choices, or you pull out of the application for the ones you've not received back. So a lot of peeps don't want to go to SGUL but haven't got all their answers back yet. So as soon as they do, SGUL can update, which won't be for another few weeks.

    From my experience, a hell of a lot of people applied to SGUL and Notts, so when the Notts answersare back - then we'll know.
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    I requested deferral of my place until 2016 a couple of weeks ago and they agreed it and told me my space would be offered to someone on the waiting list - I got the impression from the way they worded the email it wouldn't take them long to do so, since they told me that me choosing to defer was not reversible


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    That was for SGUL by the way!


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    (Original post by Tabris)
    I may have sent one too many emails without checking for reply (oops). Anyway I just got this back RE: 2015 cut-offs.

    any idea of how many applicant there are?
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    (Original post by Don'tMessThisUp)
    St Mary's! I worked at St Marys for a couple of weeks before I ended up spending the best part of a year at the Western Eye. Loved it there, so much fun.
    Hey,

    Any chance you could put in a good word for a fellow aspiring doctor at St Mary's or Western Eye? I'm searching for employment/volunteering/work exp in London at the moment!


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    (Original post by DelphiDeWitt)
    Hey,

    Any chance you could put in a good word for a fellow aspiring doctor at St Mary's or Western Eye? I'm searching for employment/volunteering/work exp in London at the moment!


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    My advice is to just write to them, though I believe that if you want volunteer work, you need to be living in West London. If you want jobs with them, they have a bank staff I think; or you can call up agencies and see who they're with?

    Last time I checked, their agency was Brook Street (the NHS branch in Hammersmith). Give them a call and see if they have anything, though if you're in school still, they probs won't be able to help you.

    Also try the NHS.net website
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    If anyone else is studying for the GAMSAT in September and is in London, hoping to set up a study group so get in touch!


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    OK, so I'm in at Notts and waiting to hear if a place materialises from waiting list at George's. Anyone got any input as to pros/cons of each? So far have:-

    Notts

    Pros- Small, Friendly, Cheap, Close to Peak District, A fair way from home so should help focus the mind.
    Cons- Miles from friends and family, Not a large student community so limited clubs/societies.

    Georges

    Pros- LONDON!, University of London Union - therefore clubs and societies galore, Larger uni therefore more people to socialise with, Close to home/friends/family, Don't need a car, could potentially continue working weekends.

    Cons- Cost of everything in London.

    Anybody have any feedback as to quality of teaching/feedback/student support or any other aspects of the course I have omitted from either?
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    (Original post by dangeroux)
    OK, so I'm in at Notts and waiting to hear if a place materialises from waiting list at George's. Anyone got any input as to pros/cons of each? So far have:-

    Notts

    Pros- Small, Friendly, Cheap, Close to Peak District, A fair way from home so should help focus the mind.
    Cons- Miles from friends and family, Not a large student community so limited clubs/societies.

    Georges

    Pros- LONDON!, University of London Union - therefore clubs and societies galore, Larger uni therefore more people to socialise with, Close to home/friends/family, Don't need a car, could potentially continue working weekends.

    Cons- Cost of everything in London.

    Anybody have any feedback as to quality of teaching/feedback/student support or any other aspects of the course I have omitted from either?
    Heya

    I'm in the same position, only with Exeter on top. So I have a three-way listl. Ergh.

    My pros and cons on top of yours:

    Notts - Pros - Derby Hospital is brand spanking new, excellent facilities, state of the art, built for purpose med school.
    Cons - for me, it's very far from all my friends and family, it's in the middle of no-where and I don't drive or have a licence. I like Nottingham, but not Derby so the first year would be rough. Derby's very empty.

    SGUL - Pros - London, home, I'm familiar with the hospital for personal reasons (family members died there), it's all like an extension of the job I have now to me.
    Cons - expensive, not particularly *up there* with unis.


    I've even gone so far as to start looking at the type of doctors the hospitals produce...
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    (Original post by dangeroux)
    OK, so I'm in at Notts and waiting to hear if a place materialises from waiting list at George's. Anyone got any input as to pros/cons of each? So far have:-

    Notts

    Pros- Small, Friendly, Cheap, Close to Peak District, A fair way from home so should help focus the mind.
    Cons- Miles from friends and family, Not a large student community so limited clubs/societies.

    Georges

    Pros- LONDON!, University of London Union - therefore clubs and societies galore, Larger uni therefore more people to socialise with, Close to home/friends/family, Don't need a car, could potentially continue working weekends.

    Cons- Cost of everything in London.

    Anybody have any feedback as to quality of teaching/feedback/student support or any other aspects of the course I have omitted from either?
    Same situation as you, but I ruled out SGUL long ago. I am comparing the pros and cons of Notts though, so perhaps my list will help you some.

    Notts
    Pros
    • Attached to a Hospital - good for motivation but also to just find someone to go watch stuff or ask for help. You have clinicians on site.
    • PBL/early clinical contact/18mth Preclinical - my preferred way of teaching.
    • GEM only cohort - separate to the younger years until they get the nightly clubbing thing out of their systems.
    • Cost of living very low.
    • £3,000 bursary in year 1
    • Good public transport links around the country, well placed to visit friends.

    Cons
    • Placements can be far
    • Midlands - quality of life could be better (this was mainly in comparison to Swansea)


    SGUL
    Pros
    • Course is more or less the same as at Notts, bar the 12 month pre-clin.
    • Attached to hospital
    • More societies to get involved in

    Cons
    • It's London - cost of everything increases
    • Less money to actually enjoy oneself
    • Will need to work to maintain living cost
    • Would probably go in to halls.


    The cons of societies etc are pretty moot for me, from what I gather we will all be so busy in year 1 that there will be little time for anything. So I would much prefer to organise my own things to do or just go to the pub with some friends.
    Quite a number move to Nottingham for later years anyway so can access the union then, or make do with the UNAD union that presides in Derby.

    My biggest con is perhaps the fact the SGUL is London based. It's not really London proper, let's be honest. It takes a good chunk of travelling to get in to London and to get back out again. Thus enjoying the attractions of London, which are already quite expensive, will have the added expense of travel.
    Quite a number of my friends are in London but quite honestly if I was to move there and study I would need to be earning a little over £1500 each year simply to make ends meet. That eats in to an already demanding course timetable and then there's not really much time left to enjoy it.

    Whereas anywhere outside of London, bar some of the other expensive cities; such as Oxford, I could comfortably study and play without having to work as well.
    Any money earned, including that tidy £3,000, would be saved for holidays/electives

    Essentially the cost factor outweighs the added social factors of London.

    The main reason I ruled out SGUL and I think this quite important, was the general sense I got from each university.
    SGUL felt much more business like. Things like making the interview process such a pressure cooker situation was unnecessary. It's little things like this which illustrate the ethos of the faculty in my mind.
    Notts (and Swansea) was a lot friendlier. Not just those involved in the open day/interview process, but generally staff smiled at you, wished you good morning etc. Seems a much nicer place to get grilled on the vasculature of the lower left limb.
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    (Original post by dangeroux)
    OK, so I'm in at Notts and waiting to hear if a place materialises from waiting list at George's. Anyone got any input as to pros/cons of each? So far have:-

    Notts

    Pros- Small, Friendly, Cheap, Close to Peak District, A fair way from home so should help focus the mind.
    Cons- Miles from friends and family, Not a large student community so limited clubs/societies.

    Georges

    Pros- LONDON!, University of London Union - therefore clubs and societies galore, Larger uni therefore more people to socialise with, Close to home/friends/family, Don't need a car, could potentially continue working weekends.

    Cons- Cost of everything in London.

    Anybody have any feedback as to quality of teaching/feedback/student support or any other aspects of the course I have omitted from either?

    I'm the same but with warwick..I think for me if st george's wasn't in london the decision would be a no brainer, and I imagine it is the same for most people as london is such a draw, but it does make everything more expensive and difficult! Also I heard someone say its recommended to have a car in later years - parking etc will bump up the price again.

    I guess it depends how much you want to be in london/dont want to be in derby!
 
 
 
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