I completely understand. I have a lot of friends who are applying for/have gotten into medicine and they constantly talk(ed) about this. And I'm helping my friend figure out which UKCAT unis which use PBL she should apply to based on her grades/ECs etc. I know that all medical schools are good and when applying, you just focus on your strengths/preferences. But seeing as being surrounded by inferior students is stressing OP out so much, he should have used his exceptional grades to go to medical school attached to a better uni. I'm sure there's at least one uni which is more prestigious that OP would have liked.(Original post by em.d_4)
That's not really how it works when you're applying to a course which is more competitive at every uni than basically any Oxbridge course! At 16 applicants per place and upward in many cases.
Also all.medical schools have very very different selection criteria many even use different entrance exams. Therefore you have to apply to schools who's application system best favours your profile and this is somewhat luck of the draw.
Course then becomes the next issue as they are taught in significantly different ways to one another so you must pick which you prefer.
And once you've done all of that you're probably left with a hand full of suitable unis and therefore don't have masses of choice. You only get 4 choices on ucas afterall.
If you want to be a doctor you suck eggs and take what you can get seeing as 65% of applicants won't get a single offer despite being predicted A*AA/AAA at the very least and almost all far higher.
Many of the better medical schools arent attached to the most prestigious unis! Eg oxford, cambridge, st andrews have significantly fewer or on par applicants to Sheffield, Leeds and even keele is a top school. I would not say keele is otherwise especially prestigious. Infact it's traditionally a clearance uni I believe!
The end goal is more important than the ride for most medics I've spoken to.
All that said rhe OP comes across as a self important idiot.
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- 04-07-2014 00:47
(Original post by Anonymous)
- 04-07-2014 00:52
Im not smarter than my peers, Im middle of the pact at my medical school. As I've said before, my decision was purely upon the course structure, location and facilities of the Uni.
If the uni I went to made an ounce of difference in terms of my future in medicine then I wouldn't have gone there - but it doesn't.
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(Original post by Mindless Behavior)
- 04-07-2014 01:00
I completely understand. I have a lot of friends who are applying for/have gotten into medicine and they constantly talk(ed) about this. And I'm helping my friend figure out which UKCAT unis which use PBL she should apply to based on her grades/ECs etc. I know that all medical schools are good and when applying, you just focus on your strengths/preferences. But seeing as being surrounded by inferior students is stressing OP out so much, he should have used his exceptional grades to go to medical school attached to a better uni. I'm sure there's at least one uni which is more prestigious that OP would have liked.
Honestly this isnt a huge issue since Im going to be moving out next year anyway most likely and I've done fine in my first year.
(Original post by Anonymous)
- 23-07-2014 14:08
Im studying medicine at university and I got A*A*AA in my a levels like other medical students. The problem is that my university isn't the same as others. At my university medicine and dentistry are AAA and require very high academic grades and are both very difficult courses. The rest of the courses at my uni are not at the same level. At all. The average entry requirements at my uni are around BBB-BBC with many getting much lower and their degrees are not as difficult as mine at all(this wouldn't be the case at other unis)
Now, unfortunately for me, my flat didn't have any medical or dental students so I cant really relate to people from the academic standpoint. E.G someone in my flat is studying maths with BBB and asks ME to help them with their work.
In exam time I got in a big argument with a few of them about the amount of noise they were making and stress and anger got the best of me and said a few things I regret. I had a HUGE number of exams and they had like 2 exams and finished almost two weeks before me. Its been a problem throughout the year since my course is a lot more demanding than theirs by all accounts.
Its not only me with this problem, almost every medical/dental student at my uni has the same problem and they also have no idea what to do about it.
- 23-07-2014 14:18
I could never revise in my room. Too many distractions. If you find your uni Libary to be the same as a social hang out I suggest use the town libary..you won't find any one there..
As for other people in your halls. That's life. You have to learn to compromise and adjust. As for revision I suggest you come up With some sort of revision plan and just focus on getting by each day and forget everything else.
- 23-07-2014 14:20
Oh okay so you've don't the exams I read you'd post on finding house Witt your fellow students. Okay then problem solved.
(Original post by nohomo)
- 23-07-2014 15:32
Could you explain this?
If you get A* in A level maths and get through to the international maths olympiad, and somebody else gets a C in A level maths and no award in the senior maths challenge (first round of selection for IMO.