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    Hey all !

    Here's a little bit about me, I'm currently studying BSc Operating department practice. Hopefully some of you will know what an ODP is. We are responsible for assisting the anaesthetists and surgeons in the operating department. Our role is very varied and we are specially trained in airway management and insertion of airway devices, we also cover A&E resus and hold the airway bleep in our trust. There's so much I could tell you about it.

    My dream was always medicine I always wanted to be a doctor from such a young age and that was my ultimate goal. I got 8A 3B at GCSE so my dream was still within my sights.

    But I found my A-Levels more challenging than expected and came out with BBBb in biology, chemistry, English lit and Science in society respectively. Obviously these grades were not appropriate for medicine so I picked this. I always looked forward to the clinical aspects of medicine and ODP offered this for me.

    I was wondering with my specialist degree and my okayish academic display would I have any chances of getting in for graduate medicine. I'm hoping for a 1st in my degree and I will have a lot of clinical experience. I am currently doing 37.5 hours shifts in the operating department for my degree.

    I know my academics are not the best but I really hope my passion would shine through and the knowledge of surgery and anaesthesia that I have acquired from my current profession would show my dedication to medicine as a whole

    I see no reason why you couldn't apply. It is very competitive and plenty of graduates don't get in first time round, but as an ODP you'll be getting lots of great clinical experience which will all help strengthen your application in the long run - plus you'll probably be able to find a friendly anaesthetist who could advise you on your application. I'm an anaesthetic trainee and would be happy to help out any of my colleagues who asked.

    Do you get much experience on the wards or in the community on your placements or is it all theatres? I would suggest trying to see those areas as well, because they are a huge part of medicine and most doctors, even surgeons, spend the majority of their time outside of theatres (ward rounds, clinics etc) - I think we gasbods are probably the only ones who are there pretty much every day!

    You would need to look carefully at each graduate entry course and apply only to those where you meet the criteria for A-levels and degree course, but there's no reason you wouldn't be in with a chance!
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