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    (Original post by itsrayray:))
    Don't panic
    What are your aiming for experience wise?
    Well I just want enough so that I can be at least slightly competative! I also need to volunteer soon as possible :eek:
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    (Original post by Quackers93)


    I have no idea why, but for some reason I thought you were a reapplicant/slightly older (by that I mean in your second year). Think its just been the impression I've gotten from reading your posts I guess if your are immature - at least your writting doesn't seem it which will help in your ps
    Hahah, really? Thanks, I think it's much easier to come across as mature on forums. IRL, I have a really stupid voice that makes me sound like I'm only half-listening and like my head's in the clouds which detracts from any prospective mature-ness :p:

    If that's true, the poor interviewers will be so gutted when they meet me and realise I am immature and still make ya ma jokes on a regular basis.

    On the topic of interviews, I was thinking the other day: do you think interviewers ever get nervous? I would feel so reassured if they did! How do they even pick interviewers?
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    (Original post by TooSexyForMyStethoscope)
    I think that the vast majority of evidence is in favour of early patient contact. If there is a problem then it won't go away in 2 or 3 years. The unis (and patients i'm sure ) would rather that any issues are dealt with sooner rather than later, after you've potentially wasted 3 years learning theory.

    It is a steep learning curve and it isn't pleasant, but the drop out rates are not massive. Most people adapt fairly quickly.

    I don't regret going off to study medicine, not one bit. It would be a shame if people who would make good doctors were put off by worry
    Haha, fair point. I was thinking that no patient contact would give you a few years to develop skills for patient communication but it doesn't really work like that I guess. Nothing beats learning through mistakes.

    A steep learning curve that never really levels off, from the sounds of it. :eek: I dunno if that's a good or bad thing.

    That's amazing to hear, really encouraging. Medicine sounds like it's ups and downs but ultimately the ups outweigh the downs. I'm actually getting excited now, it sounds like such a strange experience, studying (and even applying for, tbh) medicine.
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    went to a medicine talk last week and got told 10% of applicants get an offer and that med schools reject 80% of applications
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    (Original post by cz100)
    went to a medicine talk last week and got told 10% of applicants get an offer and that med schools reject 80% of applications
    I thought it was more like 60% get 4 rejections. Maybe the past few years really have driven up the competition to yet more insane levels
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    (Original post by Unbiased Opinion)
    Haha, fair point. I was thinking that no patient contact would give you a few years to develop skills for patient communication but it doesn't really work like that I guess. Nothing beats learning through mistakes.

    A steep learning curve that never really levels off, from the sounds of it. :eek: I dunno if that's a good or bad thing.

    That's amazing to hear, really encouraging. Medicine sounds like it's ups and downs but ultimately the ups outweigh the downs. I'm actually getting excited now, it sounds like such a strange experience, studying (and even applying for, tbh) medicine.
    I can't really express what it is like. You have to experience it

    So far it has been worth it
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    (Original post by TooSexyForMyStethoscope)
    I thought it was more like 60% get 4 rejections. Maybe the past few years really have driven up the competition to yet more insane levels
    They were the numbers we got told, I thought it was 60% getting 4 rejections as well before that. I don't know if fees will change that at all next year
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    (Original post by TooSexyForMyStethoscope)
    I can't really express what it is like. You have to experience it

    So far it has been worth it
    what year are you in
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    (Original post by SteveCrain)
    what year are you in
    1st
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    (Original post by cz100)
    They were the numbers we got told, I thought it was 60% getting 4 rejections as well before that. I don't know if fees will change that at all next year
    Goodness knows
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    (Original post by cz100)
    went to a medicine talk last week and got told 10% of applicants get an offer and that med schools reject 80% of applications
    I expect that's for each individual medical school, seeing as you make 4 applications the odds of getting in are more like 40%.
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    (Original post by TooSexyForMyStethoscope)
    1st
    regrets? what would you have gone for, if not medicinne
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    (Original post by TooSexyForMyStethoscope)
    I can't really express what it is like. You have to experience it

    So far it has been worth it
    I love being young and having all these experiences yet to come. Such a cliche, but so true. :p:
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    (Original post by cz100)
    went to a medicine talk last week and got told 10% of applicants get an offer and that med schools reject 80% of applications
    A Manchester ambassador at a UCAS fair I went to said you need 6 weeks of work experience to apply. I think we need to block these people out before getting too depressed haha.
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    (Original post by Unbiased Opinion)
    A Manchester ambassador at a UCAS fair I went to said you need 6 weeks of work experience to apply. I think we need to block these people out before getting too depressed haha.
    Yes, I was told the exact same thing at the UCAS fair! And it has to be with both children and elderly people. Let me rule out Manchester immediately.
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    A Manchester ambassador at a UCAS fair I went to said you need 6 weeks of work experience to apply. I think we need to block these people out before getting too depressed haha.
    I'll agree with you on the blocking people out part, one of my friends told a teacher he wanted to do medicine, and then she started laughing at him (total *****)
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    (Original post by JChoudhry)
    Where can I do a practice UKCAT test?
    There are some on the UKCAT website, www.ukcat.ac.uk I think
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    (Original post by Normandy114)
    Yes, I realise that, but I think it'd be a good idea to get that as well so that I can demonstrate things like empathy skills, teamwork etcetera, and the GP's office would be good to show insight into medicine. Just trying to get a decent amount done now so that I'm not clutching at straws when it comes to writing a personal statement.
    My sister (who is far too busy as a first year medic to be on TSR) had very little work experience ( 1 week at GPs) and helping out for an hour a week at a special needs school for 6 months and 3 months helping with riding for the disabled once a week. She got offers from Cambridge and Nottingham.
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    (Original post by cz100)
    Yes, I was told the exact same thing at the UCAS fair! And it has to be with both children and elderly people. Let me rule out Manchester immediately.
    I don't believe it, who gets 6 weeks work experience?! It'd be so impossible unless you slept with Andrew Lansley or something!

    I might have to ask Manc about this work exp thing.
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    (Original post by Normandy114)
    I'll agree with you on the blocking people out part, one of my friends told a teacher he wanted to do medicine, and then she started laughing at him (total *****)
    Our careers teacher frequently tells us that we are not going to get a job, and that if we do we'll work for at least the next 60 years and still end up with no pension. Oh and that we should all get jobs as undertakers because then we'd never be out of work.
 
 
 
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