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Hi all,

I have found myself in the fortunate position of having 3 offers for Medicine for the above Medical schools - however I am intent on pursuing Neurology as a clinical speciality, does anyone happen to know which of these unis would be the best?

I'm leaning towards St A at the moment, purely because I liked the uni itself, but I feel as though I'm neglecting any career possibilities ()I know that UCL has the National Institute of Neurology etc, but will any teaching occur here/will it be relevant to any future training, or does your undergraduate medical school not have much importance re: specialising?

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(Original post by anastasiasays)
Hi all,

I have found myself in the fortunate position of having 3 offers for Medicine for the above Medical schools - however I am intent on pursuing Neurology as a clinical speciality, does anyone happen to know which of these unis would be the best?

I'm leaning towards St A at the moment, purely because I liked the uni itself, but I feel as though I'm neglecting any career possibilities ()I know that UCL has the National Institute of Neurology etc, but will any teaching occur here/will it be relevant to any future training, or does your undergraduate medical school not have much importance re: specialising?

Many thanks
You are correct with that. Some med schools tend to produce more of certain specialties than others, but I think that's more down to the style of course and teaching than because students get a particular advantage in any area. The only slight difference that might be worth looking at is whether each of them offers intercalation in neuroscience, which might be helpful for future career applications, but beyond that I'd go for the place you like most. Do bear in mind that plenty of people change their minds about specialties along the way so it's not a particularly strong reason to commit to a place if you're not otherwise hugely keen on it.
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In all honesty it doesn't really matter in terms of your future career prospects and you obviously may have a change of heart at some point. Neurology in particular is very interesting academically but rather a depressing specialty to work in due to the nature of the diseases you're dealing with, which can put many people off.

That being said if you are keen then UCL is your number 1 choice because of it's affinity with Queen Square and the National, which are the epicentre of neurological treatment and research in Europe. Undergraduates do get placed there, you would most likely easily be able to do your elective there as a UCL student and if you want to get involved in research (that will help your future career) then the institute of neurology offers the biggest and broadest centre for that.

I studied at Queen Square prior to going in to medicine and can vouch for it being a great place to study and be involved with.
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i went to UCL. no was gets placed at queen square. i went there only once in six year for a clinic which was not very interesting. never went to great ormond street. best teaching was in the smaller DGHs, no one has time for students in busy london hospitals.
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Literally has no influence. Go where you think you'll be happiest.
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If you like Neurology you'll find some basic sciences research at St Andrews. Melissa Andrews does some spinal cord regeneration research. Overall though St Andrews is quite weak on research as it doesn't have a clinical school.

With that being said if you like basic sciences stuff St Andrews still has some research in that field, nothing you can compare to UCL or Imperial though.

The clinical schools of St Andrews will probably provide you with much more research opportunities and your clinical years is when you are going to do research anyways.

Also keep in mind you might change your mind on specialty.

You don't really get a good idea of what happens to St Andrews students specialty wise since St Andrews grads are just absorbed into their partner schools.

If you like St Andrews then go with St Andrews unless you want research opportunities in years 1-3 (whether you'll be able to get much done is somewhat debatable) and a clinical based iBSc research project. In that case, stick with UCL or Imperial.
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