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    Hey TSR, I got into medical school on Thursday, and just wanted to write about all the different types of medical applicants I've seen and met over the past couple of years. So here goes!

    The 'I did work experience in the third world' girl - I've come across nearly a dozen of these sorts of people, they all tend to be girls from the middle classes who go abroad to India or Kenya and chill with some orphans and whatnot. They upload pictures, surrounded by little Asian or African children, to Facebook with some comment like 'wow, these people do so much with so little. '

    The 'I do medicine for the girls' guy - These guys make me laugh a lot! I mean, have they ever been on a ward? The smell isn't exactly enticing and being surrounded by urine, faeces and blood is not worth it.

    The 'I berate everyone who couldn't get into medicine behind there back' - I really really don't like these people, they're the sort who think they're part of some super medic master race. Always *****ing about 'omg he's so stupid he's doing pharmacy hahaha, I be so smart.' They're usually close friends with said pharmacist and would never say anything like that to there face.


    The 'super duper enthusiastic guy who won't shut up during a biology lesson because he's seen every disease on work experience' applicant - These guys, they know who they are. They literally can't keep quite even for a minute because they've seen and heard of everything from cystic fibrosis to atheromas. They don't let your biology teacher speak and everyone listens politely to said person in class but secretly hate them.

    The 'I don't tell anyone about anything' applicant - Come across a couple of these, won't tell me you where they apply, there ukcat or BMAT score, if they've been interviewed or not, all you know is that they applied for medicine. You find out that they're going to medical school on results day.

    The 'I'll do medicine abroad' applicant - I have nothing against these people, but they always tend to be significantly below the A level requirements for the UK. They get mummy and daddy to pay for there way through medical school in some eastern European country, most likely the Czech Republic.

    The 'my parents are doctors, they hooked up work experience/volunteering for me' applicants - Can't really criticise these people as that would be a case of throwing stones in a glass house. These people tend to get awesome experience and voluntary work and don't have to wait for ages to get in.

    The 'medicine is a back up plan' applicant - These people study medicine so they can say to there friends and family 'I went to med school' when in fact they want to do completely different. I knew one guy who applied for medicine and actually wanted to go into game design. No idea why he'd do a vocational degree.

    The 'interview was easy' applicant - Tend to be the most academically gifted person you can think of, they go to interview and recite answers they learnt in a book and comment about how easy it was. They then try and hide the fact they got rejected two weeks later.

    The 'interview was so hard' applicant - These people always talk about how hard the interview was and how they totally screwed up because they made the tiniest mistake and didn't get a good vibe from the interviewers. The majority of them go on to get offers and then talk about how it was a fluke.

    The 'Asian' applicant - Again glass houses, go to medical school otherwise they bring shame to there family, joking!

    Just reposting in the main medicine thread! This is what I could come up with, any more ideas?

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    Hehe I come from a grammar school sixth form, quite middle class, and about 15-20 people apply to medicine each year. I can totally relate to this! I can literally name someone in my school for every stereotype you listed there!!
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    i don't officially become a med student for another week.. but these are exactly the types of people i was expecting to meet lol


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    I probably grew up in one of the ****test areas of england, dad got a better job and we moved up north, grafted my ****ing arse off from a comprehensive high school all the way through into a state college to get into med school, starting at manchester in about 4 weeks time. I had to organize EVERYTHING myself, work experience, shadowing, voluntary, dofe bronze, silver and gold everything.. I don't have any family in the medical field at all. It was a long graft but it was worth it.

    and yeah the kind of people that really annoy me are the kind with incredibly rich parents that go on these "gap medic scams"

    stay true to your roots people.

    p.s. - you forgot to include the grafter haha
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    You also forgot the graduates...

    I'm from a poor working class background, did ok in school, got a BA, did a postgrad in IT, was IT specialist for 11 years, hated it, wanted to do med, not allowed (too old), returned to uni and did Biology honours degree, did masters in parasitology, in the meantime laws changed and discovered my age was no longer a barrier. applied and got in!
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    (Original post by sweetchilli)
    You also forgot the graduates...
    Many subtypes to be found in that particular group tbh
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    (Original post by Democracy)
    Many subtypes to be found in that particular group tbh
    totally agree...
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    Only the first one and the last 3 really strike a key for me tbh.

    I'll add what the OP is: that guy that goes around asking everyone's A-level grades GCSE grades and BMAT score and UKCAT score and what work experience you did... as if they're sizing everyone up... awkward!
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    (Original post by nexttime)
    Only the first one and the last 3 really strike a key for me tbh.

    I'll add what the OP is: that guy that goes around asking everyone's A-level grades GCSE grades and BMAT score and UKCAT score and what work experience you did... as if they're sizing everyone up... awkward!
    I do no such thing! And if I do it's out of harmless curiosity, honest!

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    I once met a guy at an interview for a foundation interview. Bearing in mind, this is for us guys with extenuating circumstances and generally not a glowing academic profile.

    He pranced around taking loudly about how great he was and how prepared he was. Vented off a **** load of Latin at everyone and because he'd previously applied, told everyone about how hard the interview, complete with scaremongering bull.

    Bearing mind how prepared he is, pounces on people who have just been interviewed to ask what was said in their interview.

    He was on a mission to make everyone feel like a complete ******* I think!

    That's deserves a category in its own right! I've met more than just him.
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    (Original post by becky1237)
    I once met a guy at an interview for a foundation interview. Bearing in mind, this is for us guys with extenuating circumstances and generally not a glowing academic profile.

    He pranced around taking loudly about how great he was and how prepared he was. Vented off a **** load of Latin at everyone and because he'd previously applied, told everyone about how hard the interview, complete with scaremongering bull.

    Bearing mind how prepared he is, pounces on people who have just been interviewed to ask what was said in their interview.

    He was on a mission to make everyone feel like a complete ******* I think!

    That's deserves a category in its own right! I've met more than just him.

    I hope he didn't get in!!! Where was this at?
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    (Original post by nexttime)
    I'll add what the OP is: that guy that goes around asking everyone's A-level grades GCSE grades and BMAT score and UKCAT score and what work experience you did... as if they're sizing everyone up... awkward!
    I sometimes do this, but not in a horrible demeaning way! I suppose it's because it's so competitive and i'm always wondering if I've done enough. I have a friend who goes to a private school (I go to a state school) - we're evenly matched academically and we always size each other up

    Wherever you go you'll always get those who act like they're god's gift to medicine, it's a right pain and I would have the med schools would do a better job of screening those people out!
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    (Original post by yorkshire.lad)
    I hope he didn't get in!!! Where was this at?
    No, he didn't - but unfortunately his female double did!

    It was at leeds! Can you even believe that? He was so obviously arrogant and dismissive of everyone (as was the successful girl) at the group interview... And yet she got in. I have absolutely no faith in the interview process! That kind if person should NOT be allowed into healthcare!

    I'm just glad that through graduate entry.., leeds is off limits. Wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot barge pole now. :P
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    (Original post by becky1237)
    No, he didn't - but unfortunately his female double did!

    It was at leeds! Can you even believe that? He was so obviously arrogant and dismissive of everyone (as was the successful girl) at the group interview... And yet she got in. I have absolutely no faith in the interview process! That kind if person should NOT be allowed into healthcare!

    I'm just glad that through graduate entry.., leeds is off limits. Wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot barge pole now. :P
    wow thats disgusting!!!
 
 
 
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