Which is the best College at Cambridge for medicine?

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Hey!

Which is the best College at Cambridge for medicine?

I am studying Bio, Chem, Fre and Spa (will drop Spa next year) and I am not sure which ones will accept me and which ones are the best.

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Well, with only two sciences, you may have trouble. You'll need to ring the colleges' admissions offices and ask, otherwise you'll be wasting your application if you apply somewhere which specifically asks for three sciences (which many do).

I'm not entirely sure which are the best specifically - Caius is very good for medicine; it takes about 25 students a year but it is very hard to get in to it (check the entry requirements before you even think about it), Christ's is good at everything, and I don't know about the academic standards, but Downing's very convenient for the lecture theatres etc.
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Well, with only two sciences, you may have trouble. You'll need to ring the colleges' admissions offices and ask, otherwise you'll be wasting your application if you apply somewhere which specifically asks for three sciences (which many do).

I'm not entirely sure which are the best specifically - Caius is very good for medicine; it takes about 25 students a year but it is very hard to get in to it (check the entry requirements before you even think about it), Christ's is good at everything, and I don't know about the academic standards, but Downing's very convenient for the lecture theatres etc.
Pembroke is actually the best for location, despite what the previous person said.
Corpus and Downing are eually matched for lecture location, though I think Corpus probably has the advantage
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what gcse grades did u get
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Pembroke is actually the best for location, despite what the previous person said.
Corpus and Downing are eually matched for lecture location, though I think Corpus probably has the advantage
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Oh well, foolfarian is probably right as he's been there longer and is at Corpus (I'm at Clare, which is about 10 mins walk from 1st year accomm - lectures). Someone told me it was Downing, but I'm quite happy to accept I'm wrong :rolleyes:
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Thanks for your replies.

I got 3A* and 8A.

Which uni out of the two has the best lecturers and is the most modern/technologically advanced?
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Oh well, foolfarian is probably right as he's been there longer and is at Corpus (I'm at Clare, which is about 10 mins walk from 1st year accomm - lectures). Someone told me it was Downing, but I'm quite happy to accept I'm wrong :rolleyes:
Simple reasoning, the back gate of corpus opens out opposite the archway (in old school lane). hence from my room to the babbage i could walk in about 75-85 seconds. (i timed myself running it once and made it in 26)
More importantly is that nearly all first year, and all second year 9am lectures are in the babbage, whereas physiology/anatomy are invariably after the first lecture

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To be completely honest with you...i personally would just visit the city, and as many colleges as u can, then choose which college to apply apply for based on the one u like best! U could also use the statistics about apllicationsffers ratio, and stuff like that...but most of the teaching (in terms of lectures) takes place on a uni-level i think, and any college at cambridge is gonna be gd for medicine.

So in my opinion...just choose your favourite one...

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To be completely honest with you...i personally would just visit the city, and as many colleges as u can, then choose which college to apply apply for based on the one u like best! U could also use the statistics about apllicationsffers ratio, and stuff like that...but most of the teaching (in terms of lectures) takes place on a uni-level i think, and any college at cambridge is gonna be gd for medicine.

So in my opinion...just choose your favourite one...

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Thats correct to a degree, but some colleges do notoriously worse. Newnham medics in my year do very badly, whereas all of the pembroke medics get firsts. And i think its related alot to how good their supervisors are as well as how well the college picked their condidates
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Thanks guys for your help/advice.

I will probably go there early next year.
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Simple reasoning, the back gate of corpus opens out opposite the archway (in old school lane). hence from my room to the babbage i could walk in about 75-85 seconds. (i timed myself running it once and made it in 26)
More importantly is that nearly all first year, and all second year 9am lectures are in the babbage, whereas physiology/anatomy are invariably after the first lecture

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Oh, I didn't realise that was Corpus! That is kinda convenient really...

3 of our 9am lectures are in the Babbage, the other two are over in anatomy. Although one of them is MSOC, which only happens every other week and is a complete load of crap.

And to whoever originally asked - agree with what everyone has said - lectures are done on a uni level, as are practicals; college performance depends more on supervisors etc.

Quite a few of our second years didn't do very well last year, but we have a different supervisor this year, so I hope I'll do better... :eek:
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Oh, I didn't realise that was Corpus! That is kinda convenient really...

3 of our 9am lectures are in the Babbage, the other two are over in anatomy. Although one of them is MSOC, which only happens every other week and is a complete load of crap.

And to whoever originally asked - agree with what everyone has said - lectures are done on a uni level, as are practicals; college performance depends more on supervisors etc.

Quite a few of our second years didn't do very well last year, but we have a different supervisor this year, so I hope I'll do better... :eek:
MSOC as in medical sociology!?! I can in all honesty say not only did i not go to a lecture, I never went to any of the supervisions. In fact, the first time I actually looked at the course was to do those online module thingys and that was the night before the exam. Wake up next day, sit the exam (which by the way is mainly a case of choose the word that goes in the space. half of the questions you can do by lookingat the grammar) and pass. (something like 46 out of 52)
Really don't worry about MSOC, though if there's any sample questions, do them and do them well - every exam ive done in cambridge you can get at least 2 or 3 answers if you did the sample questions.
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MSOC as in medical sociology!?! I can in all honesty say not only did i not go to a lecture, I never went to any of the supervisions. In fact, the first time I actually looked at the course was to do those online module thingys and that was the night before the exam. Wake up next day, sit the exam (which by the way is mainly a case of choose the word that goes in the space. half of the questions you can do by lookingat the grammar) and pass. (something like 46 out of 52)
Really don't worry about MSOC, though if there's any sample questions, do them and do them well - every exam ive done in cambridge you can get at least 2 or 3 answers if you did the sample questions.
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So what did you do in your time in uni?
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MSOC as in medical sociology!?! I can in all honesty say not only did i not go to a lecture, I never went to any of the supervisions. In fact, the first time I actually looked at the course was to do those online module thingys and that was the night before the exam. Wake up next day, sit the exam (which by the way is mainly a case of choose the word that goes in the space. half of the questions you can do by lookingat the grammar) and pass. (something like 46 out of 52)
Really don't worry about MSOC, though if there's any sample questions, do them and do them well - every exam ive done in cambridge you can get at least 2 or 3 answers if you did the sample questions.
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me thinks medsoc and isbm = no go.
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MSOC as in medical sociology!?! I can in all honesty say not only did i not go to a lecture, I never went to any of the supervisions. In fact, the first time I actually looked at the course was to do those online module thingys and that was the night before the exam. Wake up next day, sit the exam (which by the way is mainly a case of choose the word that goes in the space. half of the questions you can do by lookingat the grammar) and pass. (something like 46 out of 52)
Ah, but this year they have decided to put in essays. The *******s. Two of them. From the sample titles we've been given though, should be easy enough to argue round in circles for about half an hour and do reasonably well.

Our supervisions annoyed me as well - we had to go to Cherry Hinton Road for them, although we did get chocolate biscuits when we got there. At least our supervisor isn't as damn irritating as that Muncey woman who did the lectures :mad:

Dan - we have developed a strategy for ISBM lectures. Walk in one side of the Babbage, pick up lecture notes (either the guy is there handing them out or they're on the desk), walk across the back and out the other door. Perfect. It's all A-Level statistics so far, apart from the first few with the annoying epidemiology woman who asked us "Who thinks such-and-such an irrelevant point?" every 5 minutes. Oh, the joys of them trying to make the medical course "up to date" or whatever the purpose of it is. How was your PfP, by the way?
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Ah, but this year they have decided to put in essays. The *******s. Two of them. From the sample titles we've been given though, should be easy enough to argue round in circles for about half an hour and do reasonably well.

Our supervisions annoyed me as well - we had to go to Cherry Hinton Road for them, although we did get chocolate biscuits when we got there. At least our supervisor isn't as damn irritating as that Muncey woman who did the lectures :mad:

Dan - we have developed a strategy for ISBM lectures. Walk in one side of the Babbage, pick up lecture notes (either the guy is there handing them out or they're on the desk), walk across the back and out the other door. Perfect. It's all A-Level statistics so far, apart from the first few with the annoying epidemiology woman who asked us "Who thinks such-and-such an irrelevant point?" every 5 minutes. Oh, the joys of them trying to make the medical course "up to date" or whatever the purpose of it is. How was your PfP, by the way?
1) 2776 - I spent my time lazing around getting drunk, chilling etc. O and sleeping in. I dont do morning lectures. Fact is i had the worst attendance rate in my college lol.

2) ISBM got sidelined in our first year. very lucky.

3) Cherry Hinton Road - that isn't with a fat old slapper who drinks wine during the supervision? I cant remember her name, but she was quite infamous. (like i said, i never had supervisions so never met her)
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Why do u want to go to a mediocre medical school like cambridge? U should be aiming for Newcastle medical school if you had any sense....
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Ah, but this year they have decided to put in essays. The *******s. Two of them. From the sample titles we've been given though, should be easy enough to argue round in circles for about half an hour and do reasonably well.

Our supervisions annoyed me as well - we had to go to Cherry Hinton Road for them, although we did get chocolate biscuits when we got there. At least our supervisor isn't as damn irritating as that Muncey woman who did the lectures :mad:

Dan - we have developed a strategy for ISBM lectures. Walk in one side of the Babbage, pick up lecture notes (either the guy is there handing them out or they're on the desk), walk across the back and out the other door. Perfect. It's all A-Level statistics so far, apart from the first few with the annoying epidemiology woman who asked us "Who thinks such-and-such an irrelevant point?" every 5 minutes. Oh, the joys of them trying to make the medical course "up to date" or whatever the purpose of it is. How was your PfP, by the way?
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Cherry Hinton? Isn't that Dr Pitts? We have to go every week, and shes not like J describes at all.

PfP was ok, a bit of a waste of time the first time, when we saw someone with a cold and very mild pneumonia. The interview lasted about 5 mins. The second one was more interesting, but was an hours drive away, so the whole day went by. Anyways, generally fine and maybe slightly better than pfp A.
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Why do u want to go to a mediocre medical school like cambridge? U should be aiming for Newcastle medical school if you had any sense....
They rejected me, if you must know.

But I'd still have gone to Cambridge - it may not be the most up to date course but I love it.

Dan - I don't know the name of my MSOC supervisor; I've only been there twice. She has a very cute little daughter who dresses up as a fairy and stuff. Very sweet but a bit distracting.
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They rejected me, if you must know.

But I'd still have gone to Cambridge - it may not be the most up to date course but I love it.

Dan - I don't know the name of my MSOC supervisor; I've only been there twice. She has a very cute little daughter who dresses up as a fairy and stuff. Very sweet but a bit distracting.
k, not the same one, my one has 2 sons.
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