I imagine that grades, ukcat and work experience are prerequisite if you're seriously considering entry. Think about it; at least 80% of the people applying will have straight a's, or as near as possible, at least 1 weeks work experience, and a UKCAT of 600+ . Also, every man and his dog will have done D of E, maybe play a bit of football etc.
So, how can you be distinguished. Well, COMMUNICATION is crucial for medicine. The personal statement HAS to be of a super high quality to reflect this, this means using sophisticated, but clear and very consise English to communicate that you really want to be a doc. And, be ORIGINAL. Admissions officers must be sick to the stomach of reading that medicine applies amazing science to a caring career, that people are fascinated by the human body etc.
It is far more valuable to express that you love the science etc, but this isn'tost important. Say that the challenges, diversity and unique experiences of being a doc draw you into this career. Remember, airline pilots use good science, have a fascination with it, help people, and have lots of responsibility. Don't be samey in the p.s.
HUGELY IMPORTANT IN THE APPLICATION- you understand that this is a super hard career, a lot of this is not fun, is stressful, tiring and frustrated. Patients and colleagues alike will not always be thankful for help, and may be agressive, unpleasant etc. Let them know you are prepared for this ! Critical !!!
At St Andrews they say the most important indicator of a future doctor's success and exam performance is how good they are at English, and how well they communicate.
Let them see this in the personal statement, don't hope that the interview will be the time to show this! Get reading quality journalism such as persuasive articles in good newspapers ie the times, guardian etc.
The application isn't just listing what you have achieved so far, why you want to be a doc, and your interests.
You are selling yourself !!! This has to be extremely persuasive and of an extremely high calibre of literacy!
Many people say that med applications are mostly luck, these are probably the people who overlooked the importance of how to make the PS absolutely shine. Remember, pretty much everyone else has the grades etc. The difference is very often made in the quality of the personal statement, not just how much is in it, ie work experience and extracurricular/interests and hobbies.
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- 19-04-2011 15:38
- 25-04-2011 11:27
i know a bit about sheffield..they emphasise more on ukcat.. leeds look at your ps.. now i
definitely want to know about nottingham and newcastle