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Hi, I know quite a lot of people on here don't like Medlink, but I've also heard some good reviews about it.
I'm unsure of whether to go or not, as it's a lot of money, especially at Christmas.
So, is it worth it, did you learn anything and did it influence your decision to study medicine at all?
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(Original post by Going_To_California)
Hi, I know quite a lot of people on here don't like Medlink, but I've also heard some good reviews about it.
I'm unsure of whether to go or not, as it's a lot of money, especially at Christmas.
So, is it worth it, did you learn anything and did it influence your decision to study medicine at all?
Thanks.
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In my opinion,it wasn't worth it at all...the only good part was the socialising,but I could've done that anywhere to be honest.

I felt like I wasted pretty much all of the money I spent on it,it would've been better used for something more useful and worthwhile.

I didn't learn anything that I didn't already know or could've known with a bit of research,and it didn't influence my decision to study medicine at all. The only thing the lectures did was make me think about the different specialities,and even then not much.

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I did really enjoy it, and met people who I've kept in contact with so I can discuss medicine with them! (I'm the only applicant in my year ).
I found out much more about Medicine in general and about the different careers, and it does build your confidence up a bit.
It made someone I met question whether she wants to do medicine, so can be useful in that respect, but you can still find this out by talking to people and work experience.
Really, it won't help you get in, but you may feel more informed about medicine - though you can find out many things yourself.
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(Original post by Going_To_California)
Hi, I know quite a lot of people on here don't like Medlink, but I've also heard some good reviews about it.
I'm unsure of whether to go or not, as it's a lot of money, especially at Christmas.
So, is it worth it, did you learn anything and did it influence your decision to study medicine at all?
Thanks.
Hi. Well, i'm already booked onto the course (with my friend) and someone i know said that he thought it was good- but might not be for everyone (like its quite expensive.) He also said it doesn't give you a further insight into medicine itself but it was a 'fun' experience and its more about socialising than anything else! obviously i don't know how true it is- suppose i'll have to find out! (great gcse results btw)
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Thanks to everyone who's answered, you've all been veryy helpful! I'm still indecisive though :p:
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No. No. No. No. No. No. No.
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I'm doing D of E Gold, and am planning on doing medicine. I thought I could kill two birds with one stone by doing Medlink (as my five-day residential). However, I've just been on the website and it doesn't give any dates apart from this Winter. Does it run in the Summer, or will I have to try and get in this time round? Thanks.
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I would recommend Medlink.

Many people have vague ideas about doing medicine, but are not really sure a) what it entails or b) what the application process is like. Medlink can help to answer these questions.

- At medlink they tell you alot about the medicine courses at universities. From Medlink I learnt about the differences between traditional and PBL courses, the option of intercalations, and what Medical School was like from having a question and answer section with students from four different medical schools. I actually found this really informative.

- You also learn about FY1 and 2, and then about the extra training needed for specialisation

- The lectures on application were really useful, especially if your school/college doesn't have an amazing careers department. It really hit home on me how competitive medicine was, and just how much I needed to still do if I was to have a chance. They drive home work experience and give you some tips on how to get it. They give you some tips on what to write in your personal statement. Most importantly they encouraged me to really think about WHY i wanted to do medicine.

- There was a talk on oxbridge and medicine which helpful because it neatly told you the main differences between these courses and other courses

- If you do Medlink you can then do Medsim. Medsim is a conference in the summer which gives you hands on experience (eg. the chance to practise a fake laparoscopic appendectomy, and a patient diagnosis session). If you do both I think they are definately personal statement worthy. At the nottingham open day Medlink and Medsim were mentioned as things you may put in your personal statement to show your commitment and enthusiasm for medicine.

I didn't have to pay for medlink, which may mean that I am more sympathetic to it. There were obviously a lot of people there who were just looking for a christmas holiday that they could pass off to their parents / themselves as "educational". Quite a few people were pretty intent on getting pissed every night. But if you go and actually listen to the lectures I think you will find it useful!
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I'm doing D of E Gold, and am planning on doing medicine. I thought I could kill two birds with one stone by doing Medlink (as my five-day residential). However, I've just been on the website and it doesn't give any dates apart from this Winter. Does it run in the Summer, or will I have to try and get in this time round? Thanks.
It's called 'Medsim' in the summer.
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It's called 'Medsim' in the summer.
on the website, it says its only 3 days long though... are there no other options?
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I'm doing D of E Gold, and am planning on doing medicine. I thought I could kill two birds with one stone by doing Medlink (as my five-day residential). However, I've just been on the website and it doesn't give any dates apart from this Winter. Does it run in the Summer, or will I have to try and get in this time round? Thanks.
How can people use medlink as a 5 day residential for D of E? that really defeats the object of D of E.
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Can you go on Medsim without Medlink?
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How can people use medlink as a 5 day residential for D of E? that really defeats the object of D of E.
...why? it just has to be 5 nights away from home with people you don't know, or something like that. its not the actual expedition, im still doing 18 months volunteering, 12 months rugby, 6 months young enterprise and 2 weeks in morocco. i think that's perfectly adequate myself.
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...why? it just has to be 5 nights away from home with people you don't know, or something like that. its not the actual expedition, im still doing 18 months volunteering, 12 months rugby, 6 months young enterprise and 2 weeks in morocco. i think that's perfectly adequate myself.
Because it's a cop out. And doesn't show anything to do with teamwork/dependence or anything.

Shows how low the DoE has become.
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Because it's a cop out. And doesn't show anything to do with teamwork/dependence or anything.

Shows how low the DoE has become.
i admit that as a residential, its one of the easiest i could have chosen. but in fairness, the expedition more than makes up for it in terms of team/hardwork.
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Hi, I know quite a lot of people on here don't like Medlink, but I've also heard some good reviews about it.
I'm unsure of whether to go or not, as it's a lot of money, especially at Christmas.
So, is it worth it, did you learn anything and did it influence your decision to study medicine at all?
Thanks.
Honestly, you might as well go to PreMed, if you are insistent to throw money at what you can do with google and hospital work experience for free and much much more fun.

Medlink is a joke so is premed, you will gain nothing, but its a very good starting point, but The Getting into medical school books do enough.
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i admit that as a residential, its one of the easiest i could have chosen. but in fairness, the expedition more than makes up for it in terms of team/hardwork.
It's a bit more than that. Majority of your time is already on an itinery, your food is provided, as is your bed.

Pretty pointless all in all.
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Honestly, you might as well go to PreMed, if you are insistent to throw money at what you can do with google and hospital work experience for free and much much more fun.

Medlink is a joke so is premed, you will gain nothing, but its a very good starting point, but The Getting into medical school books do enough.
Screw pre-med. Go to PotMed. Best by FAR. And free.
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Screw pre-med. Go to PotMed. Best by FAR. And free.
Or not going at all and using this

http://www.union.ic.ac.uk/medic/musl...entations.html
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Can you go on Medsim without Medlink?
of course, they'll take your money whatever.
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