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I am applying for med school obviously and am wondering what the best book for getting into medical school is. Should I buy a seperate book just for the interview or do getting into med school books cover them in enough detail? I am applying for peninsuala so if anybody has any information that could be of value to me, eg what the interview is like, i'm all ears. Also, i'll be doing the GAMSAT. I bought griffiths review and it said A-level standard science is sufficient but on the GAMSAT website it says 1st year degree level. Can anyone clarify this?

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Almost all books are a waste of time. Do your own research and spend time doing so and you'll find it much more rewarding than buying some uninformed, out of date book.
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^ what this guy said.
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regardless of what rollerball said, the ISC medical interview book is really useful and can be quite enlightening.
There's also the Getting into Medical School book, but i don't know how good it is since I haven't bought it.

the 'Very Short Introduction' series is really good as well for interviews and for general interest, I particularly liked very short introduction to ethics and to schizophrenia
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There is a useful resource that is free and easy to use, and you don't even have to lift a finger.

It's called the internet, and it's home to all the advice and guidance you could possibly wish for. You could also email the different med schools, asking them about their selection criteria.
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(Original post by nurse207)
I am applying for med school obviously and am wondering what the best book for getting into medical school is. Should I buy a seperate book just for the interview or do getting into med school books cover them in enough detail? I am applying for peninsuala so if anybody has any information that could be of value to me, eg what the interview is like, i'm all ears. Also, i'll be doing the GAMSAT. I bought griffiths review and it said A-level standard science is sufficient but on the GAMSAT website it says 1st year degree level. Can anyone clarify this?

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There are two books you should get when applying to med school.

firsty for the UKCAT http://www.amazon.co.uk/into-Medical...9127115&sr=8-1

(and another one for the BMAT is applicable)

and secondly for interivews http://www.amazon.co.uk/Medical-Scho...9127133&sr=8-1

all others are not as essential as these, as you can generally find everything else you need on the internet
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(Original post by Scherzando225)
There are two books you should get when applying to med school.

firsty for the UKCAT http://www.amazon.co.uk/into-Medical...9127115&sr=8-1

(and another one for the BMAT is applicable)

and secondly for interivews http://www.amazon.co.uk/Medical-Scho...9127133&sr=8-1

all others are not as essential as these, as you can generally find everything else you need on the internet
OP, exactly this!

However, you should be doing research on different medical schools else you are going to have very little chance of getting through the initial stages of the admissions process. A lot of my friends found this out the hard way
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(Original post by Scherzando225)
There are two books you should get when applying to med school.

firsty for the UKCAT http://www.amazon.co.uk/into-Medical...9127115&sr=8-1

(and another one for the BMAT is applicable)

and secondly for interivews http://www.amazon.co.uk/Medical-Scho...9127133&sr=8-1

all others are not as essential as these, as you can generally find everything else you need on the internet
do not get that uckat book i heard it was very bad i think
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Get the UKCAT book which is linked - slightly daunting when approaching your UKCAT, but it will definitely help!
I wouldn't waste your money on an interview book - the most popular being the one linked - yes it'll give you things to think about - but basically reading around and looking at some of the links on here will give you that and more!
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OP, exactly this!

However, you should be doing research on different medical schools else you are going to have very little chance of getting through the initial stages of the admissions process. A lot of my friends found this out the hard way
I can only apply to one place atm so don't really have a choice. Thanks everyone for the advice
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150 medical questions book was very good. Whatever most people say, I suspect most successful applicants have a copy. Certainly thats what I saw at Sheffield and heard as I spoke to other candidates.

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I can only apply to one place atm so don't really have a choice. Thanks everyone for the advice
so why can you apply to only one place?
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Get the UKCAT book which is linked - slightly daunting when approaching your UKCAT, but it will definitely help!
I wouldn't waste your money on an interview book - the most popular being the one linked - yes it'll give you things to think about - but basically reading around and looking at some of the links on here will give you that and more!
I agree, I bought several intervew books and not one of the questions in them did I actually get asked.
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http://www.amazon.co.uk/Getting-into...9175084&sr=8-6

This is a very good book.
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I agree, I bought several intervew books and not one of the questions in them did I actually get asked.
All of mine were centred on my PS....
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I agree, I bought several intervew books and not one of the questions in them did I actually get asked.
are u serious ? the 150 questions book is excellent.
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IMO aside from maybe a UKCAT practice book, you shouldn't need anything else.

Reading through the archives of the forum was entertaining, and definitely helpful, though :p:
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Almost all books are a waste of time. Do your own research and spend time doing so and you'll find it much more rewarding than buying some uninformed, out of date book.
Rubbish.

There are plenty of books which give advice on how to get into medical school are are very up to date. How exactly do you do the research yourself on how to get into medical school. Just rely on posting threads on TSR or roaming the internet for information? Some of these books are very well thought out, detailed and make a lot of sense. Medical schools themselves rarely really define exactly what they're looking for in a medical applicant, so you can't really just find the information from their websites.

Presidential has already given the link, but "getting into Medical School" is a great book. Has some useful information how to structure your personal statement, interview tips, the sort of questions you might get asked at interview, the basic knowledge you're expected to know (e.g. brief, quick explanation of the important/current diseases e.g. bird flu) and has a great table giving the rough number of applicants at each med school, the number of interviews and the number of offers. If you go through this book like this, you'll be up to scratch on all the things you need to know about applying to medical school in a fraction of the time then just asking others on TSR or browsing the web (or asking doctors who often have no idea of how the application system works these days). The information they give in these books isn't likely to be as unreliable as just asking any random person on TSR for information for example.

Getting UKCAT books and books on admissions exams certainly aren't a waste of money. The UKCAT book really helped me in doing well in the UKCAT.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Get-into-Me...Medical+School
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MPW's book is pretty good, as is the 'Succeeding in Your Medical School Interview' by apply2medicine and if you're looking for UKCAT questions, the 600Q book is good (Apart from quantitative reasoning). Also a good, free website to see questions: http://www.medical-interviews.co.uk/...nterviews.aspx

BUT the most important thing to do is take all of these resources with a pinch of salt. They're useful for a bit of preparation but nothing to lead your life by, and don't get wound up by what they say. The apply2medicine book says you should have like, 6 months prep and 20 hours of interview practice before you do the real thing and I did absolutely nothing like that and I've managed two offers so far. Just familiarise yourself with the key questions and do a bit of research. Any public speaking that you could do would be good practice as well. If you truly will be a good doctor that will shine through any façade an interview book could try to make.
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are u serious ? the 150 questions book is excellent.
I never said it wasn't, just that most of the specific questions weren't all that helpful to me in my interviews. I was not once asked 'why medicine?'
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