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Hello! I'm hopefully applying to study medicine at Peterhouse next year, and have come across this slightly daunting clause in their applications procedure:

We shall ask all candidates for a place to read Medicine with us to send, about half-way through the autumn term in which they are to be interviewed, a handwritten essay of not more than 1000 words. This essay should describe a patient, acquaintance or relative who is ill, handicapped or otherwise disadvantaged. Candidates will be assessed on the basis of their application form, their referees' reports, their essay and their interview. There is usually just the one interview when the candidate meets a medical and a tutorial representative.

If there are any Peterhouse medics here, could you please advise me what on earth this is getting at. Cheers xxx
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Hello! I'm hopefully applying to study medicine at Peterhouse next year, and have come across this slightly daunting clause in their applications procedure:

We shall ask all candidates for a place to read Medicine with us to send, about half-way through the autumn term in which they are to be interviewed, a handwritten essay of not more than 1000 words. This essay should describe a patient, acquaintance or relative who is ill, handicapped or otherwise disadvantaged. Candidates will be assessed on the basis of their application form, their referees' reports, their essay and their interview. There is usually just the one interview when the candidate meets a medical and a tutorial representative.

If there are any Peterhouse medics here, could you please advise me what on earth this is getting at. Cheers xxx
a friend of mine got in for med at peterhouse this year. He wrote about a girl of same age who has diabetes and how her life is affected by it, focusing, i think, on the new tech etc i.e. she has something joined to her hip or something which helps live a more normal life (ive no clue what he was on a bout), its only 1000 words so i dont think it was major. As long its half decent then its all on the interview.
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Oi oi Ipster, fancy bumping into you here :rolleyes:
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Don't worry - if you are gay AND attractive you have a great chance of getting into Peterhouse
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(Original post by polthegael)
Don't worry - if you are gay AND attractive you have a great chance of getting into Peterhouse

how come? what do you mean by this, it sounds uve got a funny story to tell, shoot
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from what I've been hearing/reading Peterhouse has a reputation for being full of lots of gay public-schoolers with a penchant for buggery between fellows and students :eek: don't know about the attractive thing though, but I want Polthegael to fill us in! I'm meant to be going there in Oct but seeing as I'm neither of the two I don't know how I got in :p:
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[QUOTE=ipster]Hello! I'm hopefully applying to study medicine at Peterhouse next year, and have come across this slightly daunting clause in their applications procedure:

Peterhouse is an "interesting" choice for medicine. Because of the college quotas, Peterhouse will only take a couple of students a year to read medicine, although presumably it receives relatively few applications in proportion.

What arrangements does Peterhouse make for supervisions (tutorials) for its medics - will you be supervised be a harassed PhD students who may be unfamiliar with the needs of undergraduate medical students, or be unfamiliar with the course material and Tripos examinations?

Colleges with bigger quotas, and more fellows/teaching officers in medicine, might be considered a more sensible choice, e.g. Caius, Downing, Trinity, John's.

What about accomodation (for up to 6 years as a Cambridge medic), book grants, textbook provision, support for electives, skeleton loan, etc? Are these adequate at Peterhouse?

You may have compelling reasons for applying to Peterhouse, but you will need to have thought about these by the time you get to the interview, and they aren't immediately obvious.
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