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    To all current Med students/graduated medics.....

    I'm 85% set on applying for Medicine this year (2007 entry) - but am looking for those little reasons to push me over the edge... I want to be 100% commited before I apply!

    So I just wanted to find out...

    (1) What made you really want to choose to study medicine? (I know it's clichéd, but simple answers will do )

    (2) Why did you choose your university? (I don't have the foggiest clue about where to apply, and so I'd like to hear some positives/negatives from all the unis out there! )

    Thank you for any help you can give me :p:
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    1. The promise of sex with nurses.
    2. Cheep beer.
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    (Original post by Renal)
    1. The promise of sex with nurses.
    2. Cheep beer.
    :laugh:

    Everyone is so different - I had always had an underlying desire to be a doctor - but was much much better at Arts subjects and decided I would be happy being a lawyer/barrister. After getting offers for law school and in 2nd year of my original A levels - I decided to give it a go and the rest is history (am now a PRHO).

    In my day (making me sound old - but nowhere near as old as Fluffy :p: ) - there were a lot less med schools. I chose where to apply by process of elimination -

    didn't want to go to Newcastle/Scotland - too far away.
    didn't want to go to London - too expensive
    didn't like Manchester or Sheffield
    Bristol was too close to home

    Left me with Leeds, Liverpool, Leicester and Cardiff to apply to. I liked Liverpool best.

    If your looking for cheap beer it's deffo the place to come - cheap beer in the centre of London :confused: - I think Renal's lost the plot.

    (oh, and like many people in my year, I am going out with a nurse. )
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    1.
    Originally wanted to be a :nurse: - found hospitals exciting; have some very early memories of them & sort of am an ongoing outpatient (though less regularly these days).

    Process of elimination - seemed like a better all round career choice for me than the other phases I went through (Barrister / Teacher the more serious ones after realising ballerina wasn't going to happen!) & 'why not a nurse' issue dissappeared - perhaps with subsconscious school expectations rather than a conscious pros & cons decision.

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    Enjoyed/aptitude for science - fancied the idea of a BA/BSc year focussing on something that especially interested me especially (=Oxford & Imperial, optional & reasonably common at Bristol & Southampton)

    Thought preclinical then clinical focus made more sense & would make me feel more useful (Oxford mostly, although all of my options were varying degrees of "traditional" when I applied)

    & being a pessimist - a degree after 3 years could have been a back up plan if i'd decided clinicals weren't for me.

    Close to family & friends from home (South of England unis - they're possibly the 4 closest med schools to me.. hmmm.).

    Ultimate decision - course appealed most + research reputation & specific tutors; could have gone various ways with career choice & did fairly broad A levels = liked the idea of starting off as being part of a collegiate university (pastoral care) with only a few medics in my college & a smaller medical school (faculty links/tutorials very small group teaching) but pretty much every other major subject rather than just being part of a medical school; unfortunately lack a trust fund - so wanted somewhere with generous financial support, accomodation provision & reasonable living expenses; penchant for gorgeous buildings & desire for Good Husband-options; needed to be somewhere that wanted me too (the mark of a "best" medical school )! = Oxford.

    (some of the above might be slightly tongue in cheek.. but hope it helps!)
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    Thank you Ataloss and Elles - so much help you're both stars!
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    a)I come from a medical background, but i was never keen on doing medicine. I didnt know what i wanted to do until last summer, when i spent it all doing work experience at soooo many different places/fields. My last work experience was the medical one...at a hospital and i just knew this is for me...it just felt right for me...

    b) I applied to Oxford, Imperial, UCL and Kings. Reasons include...i live in west london and i have all my family, friends relatives etc here, this area is home so i didnt see the point in moving away. I loved Oxford since attending the summer school ..and all the other unis are london ones..simply because they are decent, in london, courses looked good etc.

    Oxford and UCL rejected me. Imperial and Kings gave me offers and i love Imperial . So the decision was soo easy for me

    Goood luck! i'd recommend you get work exxperience and just see whether medicine is 'right' for you.
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    (Original post by Ataloss)
    If your looking for cheap beer it's deffo the place to come - cheap beer in the centre of London :confused: - I think Renal's lost the plot.
    I know all the union & association bar managers.
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    Medicine just seems to tick all the right boxes :
    Good career, fairly well paid, more challanges after you graduate, loads of different fields to specialise in, it can take you anywhere in the world, i like the responisibility of it, the subjects interest me and i'm ambitious, so i want to do something that is a challenge and with loadsa different people. But above all else most of the med students i've met are real fitties
    Chosen Birmingham (out of Brimingham BSMS, Notts and Bristol) becuase: Notts i didn't like the course (very hard core)
    BSMS really nice but too new and dunno if job prospects are good yet considering there are no graduates as yet and its too small
    Bristol was close, but kinda wanted campus
    so Brum it is. Hopefully i'll be happy there...
    Quick advice (if you haven't done it already..)
    Be convinced that you want to do it cos the interviewers can tell...
    Go through the other possibilities and take some work experience ( i originally thought i wanted to do physio but did work experience and hated it, and so did medical work experience and loved it ).
    Hope that helps
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    My mum is in the lecturing industry around Liverpool and she advises people not to stay in Liverpool after uni because there are no jobs etc.
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    (Original post by elgarde)
    Medicine just seems to tick all the right boxes :
    Good career, fairly well paid, more challanges after you graduate, loads of different fields to specialise in, it can take you anywhere in the world, i like the responisibility of it, the subjects interest me and i'm ambitious, so i want to do something that is a challenge and with loadsa different people. But above all else most of the med students i've met are real fitties
    Chosen Birmingham (out of Brimingham BSMS, Notts and Bristol) becuase: Notts i didn't like the course (very hard core)
    BSMS really nice but too new and dunno if job prospects are good yet considering there are no graduates as yet and its too small
    Bristol was close, but kinda wanted campus
    so Brum it is. Hopefully i'll be happy there...
    Quick advice (if you haven't done it already..)
    Be convinced that you want to do it cos the interviewers can tell...
    Go through the other possibilities and take some work experience ( i originally thought i wanted to do physio but did work experience and hated it, and so did medical work experience and loved it ).
    Hope that helps

    totally agree
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    I know when i've got my priorities straight
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    why medicine? life long ambition, wanting to help people, love of science, family connections etc (the usual reasons)
    choosing the universities:
    - distance from home, how easy to get to from home (if you want to stay closer to family or be more independent)
    - expense
    - how the course is taught (PBL, traditional, integrated etc)
    - interview in application process? (if you interview badly and think your PS and reference would be fine on their own)
    - when you get patient contact (i preferred early contact to get me used to it)
    - number of other students in year group (some year groups at the universities are very big compared to others and i prefer smaller where you can get to know everyone)
    - competitiveness (not really a big factor as all very competitive)
    - can you intercalate (not v. important to me but some people like the opportunity)
    - do you like the university (if you visited - surrounding areas as well)
    These all influenced where i applied - hope they can be of use to you
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    Thanks kate
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    I just applied to the ones with the best reps (even tho I'm not rich I believe finance shouldn't be a barrier to making the best of what you got).

    Lol this comes from someone with negative rep.

    Why Medicine? After my work experience at a clinic I learnt I loved everything about medicine. Initially it was the academic part of medicine that attracted me to it and the fact that I could apply the science I learnt to directly treating patients. Its also the human aspect of medicine that makes it so different from every other science. Everybody's got different reasons for studying med and you'll find yours when you research it.
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    (Original post by ElWilson)
    My mum is in the lecturing industry around Liverpool and she advises people not to stay in Liverpool after uni because there are no jobs etc.
    You're telling me there aren't jobs for F1 doctors in liverpool... don't think so matey
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    why medicine?

    1) It's challenging, worth my time and efforts.
    2) One of the most rewarding careers, so its fullfulling.
    3) Its dynamic, you are up an about and working in a team (provided you dont give up and become a gp)
    4) Biology and biochem are the few subjects that i enjoy learning.
    5) Did lots of work experience in hospitals, they are all legends and it felt really cool (totally comfortable in the hospital and could see myself enjoying working there).
    6) Thought about every other thing ive been ever interested in, i could do lots of them, but i feel id always regret not being a doctor.
    7) Good reputation - countless benefits in small ways, that you can't deny
    8) All my cool friends are docs.
    9) I'll be able to eventually afford my 911 porsche

    Universities- you have to be realistic and try to maximize your chances of getting in at least one place this year, so more than one "back-up" <== doesnt really apply for med, but still do your research.

    Manchester, pretty sure id get an interview because they mark most of it on personal statement and mine was ace.
    Queen Mary, as a backup, heard a lot of students from my school get in (usually always)
    St Georges, extremely friendly uni, although lame location, really cool course structures and the little things they add to make it funner, like the family scheme, it also felt quite cosy because it only had 150 students
    Imperial, reputation, area (living, people, nightlife, shopping), course structure (mostly lectures + a little bit of pbl for the exerience)

    st georges waiting list, and the rest AAB offer, chose imperial firm, and manchester insurance
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    I know it sounds corney but I chose medicine because I wanted to help people. I also had an interest in sciences and the general working of the human body. That is the nearest I can get to explaining it although it isn't really something I can explain.

    In terms of why I put down BSMS, I liked the fact that it had very early and constant clinical experiance throughout the first year. Because it is a new medical school the staff all seemed really enthusiastic and finally it did diseaction which I thought was important.
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    why medicine?

    1) Broad, lots of diff specialities
    2) you can make a difference to peoples lives- relevant to real life
    3) relatively well paid + respectable
    4) when it came to actually deciding, my AS levels rather restricted me, I didn't want to do a straight science or language degree
    5) not a 9-5 job, diff stuff every day (in some specialities)
    Universities-

    why my unis?


    By process of elimination:
    I didn't want to take the BMAT
    Oxbridge didnt appeal
    didn't want to be far from here (excludes l'pool, manc, n'castle)
    Fam in leic- so wanted to avoid there, leeds & sheffield scare me!
    BSMS + HYMS - they don't take on as many students + rather new
    PMS- too far away really, but didnt like the way they interviewed
    Bham- 6 A* rule
    I wasn't sure about London unis, the fast moving aspect appealed, but I was scared it'd be too busy that I couldn't keep up. So I put down one London uni- BARTs.
    BARTs- admissionsforum + usual suspects here love it, think the course is awesome
    Soton cause i thought my PS would be good enough (little did I know) & its near here
    Bristol- near here
    Cardiff- big exciting city, just a train away

    So: barts, southampton, cardiff and bristol. Bristol and barts were rather last min decisions. I only got into barts, so that decision's self-explanatory.
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    traitor! shes gone for law
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    Thanks Mangaroo, randdom and Saffie for new replies

    Mangaroo - I'm not a traitor yet! I'm still very undecided!!
 
 
 
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