need some advice on applying for medical school Watch

sarahk89
Badges: 0
Rep:
?
#1
Report Thread starter 5 years ago
#1
hi there, I have been looking into applying for medical school but I have a few reservations about doing so. Firstly I have a 5 year old daughter, so my priorities are slightly different to most students, secondly I am a mature student and am worried about the competition from younger students and last I still need to sit my Highers. If there is anyone that has been in any of these situations and have managed to through medical school any advice and help would be highly appreciated. thanks Sarah
0
reply
DoctorInTraining
Badges: 11
Rep:
?
#2
Report 5 years ago
#2
(Original post by sarahk89)
hi there, I have been looking into applying for medical school but I have a few reservations about doing so. Firstly I have a 5 year old daughter, so my priorities are slightly different to most students, secondly I am a mature student and am worried about the competition from younger students and last I still need to sit my Highers. If there is anyone that has been in any of these situations and have managed to through medical school any advice and help would be highly appreciated. thanks Sarah
I can't help with some of the issues personally but I know people in my year who are both mature and with kids So it can be done!

The competition for places is FIERCE! But if you really want it don't let it put you off!

Would you do your highers in 1 year?

As a mature student you will need to have an excellent personal statement - work experience, volunteering, leadership, teamwork, public speaking, outstanding achievements.....

If you have any other questions just let me know
0
reply
sarahk89
Badges: 0
Rep:
?
#3
Report Thread starter 5 years ago
#3
hi, thanks for reply,

I will be doing my Highers over 2 years as I will need to do int2 first in the science subjects. does this make a big difference for mature students not having passed all your Highers in 1 sitting??
I am going to be giving up my current job to get experience in care work, what kind of achievements would they be looking at? thanks again
0
reply
DoctorInTraining
Badges: 11
Rep:
?
#4
Report 5 years ago
#4
(Original post by sarahk89)
hi, thanks for reply,

I will be doing my Highers over 2 years as I will need to do int2 first in the science subjects. does this make a big difference for mature students not having passed all your Highers in 1 sitting??
I am going to be giving up my current job to get experience in care work, what kind of achievements would they be looking at? thanks again
Publications, research, national/international prizes, evidence of pro-active approach.....

As a mature student they will expect you to have a more extensive CV than a school leaver as you have had more time!

Any other questions?
0
reply
modini
Badges: 14
Rep:
?
#5
Report 5 years ago
#5
(Original post by sarahk89)
hi, thanks for reply,

I will be doing my Highers over 2 years as I will need to do int2 first in the science subjects. does this make a big difference for mature students not having passed all your Highers in 1 sitting??
I am going to be giving up my current job to get experience in care work, what kind of achievements would they be looking at? thanks again
Doing them over 2 years is fine. In terms of achievements the main things are to have done work experience in a medical setting (i.e. a hospital, GP practice etc.) and also voluntary work (ideally in a care setting, e.g. a hospital volunteer). Then you need to be able to reflect upon them when you come to write your personal statement, i.e. explain what you've learnt about being a doctor from you work experience; what the job entails, what skills one requires and all that stuff).

EDIT: Are you a graduate or undergrad?
0
reply
modini
Badges: 14
Rep:
?
#6
Report 5 years ago
#6
(Original post by DoctorInTraining)
Publications, research, national/international prizes, evidence of pro-active approach.....

As a mature student they will expect you to have a more extensive CV than a school leaver as you have had more time!

Any other questions?
I don't think OP is a graduate so publications and research will be difficult to achieve.
0
reply
DoctorInTraining
Badges: 11
Rep:
?
#7
Report 5 years ago
#7
(Original post by modini)
I don't think OP is a graduate so publications and research will be difficult to achieve.
You can still get involved prior to university - she has 2 years whilst doing her highers
0
reply
DoctorInTraining
Badges: 11
Rep:
?
#8
Report 5 years ago
#8
(Original post by modini)
Doing them over 2 years is fine. In terms of achievements the main things are to have done work experience in a medical setting (i.e. a hospital, GP practice etc.) and also voluntary work (ideally in a care setting, e.g. a hospital volunteer). Then you need to be able to reflect upon them when you come to write your personal statement, i.e. explain what you've learnt about being a doctor from you work experience; what the job entails, what skills one requires and all that stuff).

EDIT: Are you a graduate or undergrad?
Work experience is pretty much essential for a successful application.

Ideally you should aim for a range of clinical environments for example GP, hospital, allied healthcare professional like pharmacy.

Yes - very important to reflect during the personal statement and how it has lead you to conclude that medicine is for you
0
reply
modini
Badges: 14
Rep:
?
#9
Report 5 years ago
#9
(Original post by DoctorInTraining)
Work experience is pretty much essential for a successful application.

Ideally you should aim for a range of clinical environments for example GP, hospital, allied healthcare professional like pharmacy.

Yes - very important to reflect during the personal statement and how it has lead you to conclude that medicine is for you
Yeah I suppose so.
0
reply
DoctorInTraining
Badges: 11
Rep:
?
#10
Report 5 years ago
#10
(Original post by modini)
Doing them over 2 years is fine. In terms of achievements the main things are to have done work experience in a medical setting (i.e. a hospital, GP practice etc.) and also voluntary work (ideally in a care setting, e.g. a hospital volunteer). Then you need to be able to reflect upon them when you come to write your personal statement, i.e. explain what you've learnt about being a doctor from you work experience; what the job entails, what skills one requires and all that stuff).

EDIT: Are you a graduate or undergrad?
I'm a undergraduate - final year UCL medic - due to graduate in July 2014!!!! Ahhhhh!!!!
1
reply
sarahk89
Badges: 0
Rep:
?
#11
Report Thread starter 5 years ago
#11
(Original post by modini)
Doing them over 2 years is fine. In terms of achievements the main things are to have done work experience in a medical setting (i.e. a hospital, GP practice etc.) and also voluntary work (ideally in a care setting, e.g. a hospital volunteer). Then you need to be able to reflect upon them when you come to write your personal statement, i.e. explain what you've learnt about being a doctor from you work experience; what the job entails, what skills one requires and all that stuff).

EDIT: Are you a graduate or undergrad?
Thanks for advice.
I haven't studied anything over svq3, I am currently a self employed hairdresser so this will be a massive career change, I will definitely go and do some work experience/volunteer work. but with my age will I be able to do work experience as that is something high school children do through school?
0
reply
DoctorInTraining
Badges: 11
Rep:
?
#12
Report 5 years ago
#12
(Original post by sarahk89)
Thanks for advice.
I haven't studied anything over svq3, I am currently a self employed hairdresser so this will be a massive career change, I will definitely go and do some work experience/volunteer work. but with my age will I be able to do work experience as that is something high school children do through school?
In many ways your age will be an advantage.

I was turned down at 17 as I wasn't an adult

Good luck!
0
reply
modini
Badges: 14
Rep:
?
#13
Report 5 years ago
#13
(Original post by sarahk89)
Thanks for advice.
I haven't studied anything over svq3, I am currently a self employed hairdresser so this will be a massive career change, I will definitely go and do some work experience/volunteer work. but with my age will I be able to do work experience as that is something high school children do through school?
Yeah you shouldn't have any trouble getting work experience just because you're a bit older. You will have to be quite proactive when getting work experience though as not all places allow it.
0
reply
modini
Badges: 14
Rep:
?
#14
Report 5 years ago
#14
(Original post by DoctorInTraining)
I'm a undergraduate - final year UCL medic - due to graduate in July 2014!!!! Ahhhhh!!!!
:eek: Good luck for finals!
0
reply
sarahk89
Badges: 0
Rep:
?
#15
Report Thread starter 5 years ago
#15
(Original post by modini)
Yeah you shouldn't have any trouble getting work experience just because you're a bit older. You will have to be quite proactive when getting work experience though as not all places allow it.
Thanks so much for all the advice, glad I came across this website, I am hoping being older and a parent will go in my favour, as I have lots of life experiences, but its the academic side that I have to work on
0
reply
DoctorInTraining
Badges: 11
Rep:
?
#16
Report 5 years ago
#16
(Original post by modini)
:eek: Good luck for finals!
Thanks and sorry for misquoting earlier - I misread your post thinking it was form the OP!
0
reply
modini
Badges: 14
Rep:
?
#17
Report 5 years ago
#17
(Original post by DoctorInTraining)
Thanks and sorry for misquoting earlier - I misread your post thinking it was form the OP!
Hehe no probs.
0
reply
modini
Badges: 14
Rep:
?
#18
Report 5 years ago
#18
(Original post by sarahk89)
Thanks so much for all the advice, glad I came across this website, I am hoping being older and a parent will go in my favour, as I have lots of life experiences, but its the academic side that I have to work on
No problem. There's a lot of info on TSR about applying to med. Useful link: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/medicine
0
reply
sweetchilli
Badges: 7
Rep:
?
#19
Report 5 years ago
#19
(Original post by sarahk89)
hi there, I have been looking into applying for medical school but I have a few reservations about doing so. Firstly I have a 5 year old daughter, so my priorities are slightly different to most students, secondly I am a mature student and am worried about the competition from younger students and last I still need to sit my Highers. If there is anyone that has been in any of these situations and have managed to through medical school any advice and help would be highly appreciated. thanks Sarah
I've pm'd you.
0
reply
X

Quick Reply

Attached files
Write a reply...
Reply
new posts
Back
to top
Latest
My Feed

See more of what you like on
The Student Room

You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

Personalise

University open days

  • Bournemouth University
    Midwifery Open Day at Portsmouth Campus Undergraduate
    Wed, 16 Oct '19
  • Teesside University
    All faculties open Undergraduate
    Wed, 16 Oct '19
  • University of the Arts London
    London College of Fashion – Cordwainers Footwear and Bags & Accessories Undergraduate
    Wed, 16 Oct '19

How has the start of this academic year been for you?

Loving it - gonna be a great year (138)
17.74%
It's just nice to be back! (209)
26.86%
Not great so far... (280)
35.99%
I want to drop out! (151)
19.41%

Watched Threads

View All