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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3825329.stm

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    I come from an unskilled background

    I'm raaaarrree!
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    (Original post by Fluffy)
    I come from an unskilled background I'm raaaarrree!
    But you are not doing medicine as first degree though

    Do you think you would have been selected for medicine as an 18 year old?
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    *is slow* What do they mean by unskilled? Or do they just mean people from privaledged (sp) backgrounds?
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    (Original post by me!)
    *is slow* What do they mean by unskilled? Or do they just mean people from privaledged (sp) backgrounds?
    it's refering to the parents' occupations
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    (Original post by shiny)
    But you are not doing medicine as first degree though

    Do you think you would have been selected for medicine as an 18 year old?
    Hell no!

    Didn't get the point of education until I was safely at Uni! Plus during A-levels, trying to be the thinest person in the world was waaaay more important!
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    (Original post by Fluffy)
    Plus during A-levels, trying to be the thinest person in the world was waaaay more important!
    :confused:
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    (Original post by shiny)
    :confused:
    a bit of a major daliance with anorexia!
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    (Original post by Fluffy)
    a bit of a major daliance with anorexia!
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    Hmmm, don't know. Probably sadly true. What to do about it though?

    *Helenia sighs and sits in her cotton-wool-padded, silver-spoon little corner*
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    (Original post by Helenia)
    *Helenia sighs and sits in her cotton-wool-padded, silver-spoon little corner*
    Ohh!!! I have a padded corner - it's not cotton wool though, and it's more of a room than a corner
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    (Original post by Helenia)
    Hmmm, don't know. Probably sadly true. What to do about it though?

    *Helenia sighs and sits in her cotton-wool-padded, silver-spoon little corner*
    Why does it happen in the first place? What advantages does having a silver spoon provide?
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    (Original post by Fluffy)
    Ohh!!! I have a padded corner - it's not cotton wool though, and it's more of a room than a corner
    :eek:
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    (Original post by Fluffy)
    Ohh!!! I have a padded corner - it's not cotton wool though, and it's more of a room than a corner
    Do you have friendly men in white coats who come to check on you every so often as well?

    Shiny - I really really don't know. And I'm not your archetypal silver-spoon child, it's not like I had it easy, but it's all been a bed of roses compared with so many other people. It's most likely, if you ask me, to be something to do with the way my school shaped us - without being specifically taught, we just sort of learned how to interact with adults, and what behaviour would and wouldn't work in an interview. At an overpopulated, underfunded state school, this is far less likely to happen, and this is where the problem arises.
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    Several reasosn I can think off- people will disagree on some though:

    Better faciliites at home/ education is better valued in well of homes - do better at school & get grades for med
    Contacts for that all important work experience
    Ability to handle interviews - confidence/communication
    Accent/presentation - yes people do still value these
    Tought of as a possible career -not intimidated by prospect
    More expensive (longer) course - thought to be anyway- puts some off
    Images of Drs - middle class profession -doubts about fitting in
    Many Med school Unis have a 'middle class' repuatation

    Probably many more.
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    I think the work experience thing can be a bit of a killer. I don't think I was aware that you had to do lots of work experience and stuff at 16!
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    (Original post by shiny)
    Why does it happen in the first place? What advantages does having a silver spoon provide?
    the words of those that live around me....


    'money, blad'...
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    (Original post by Helenia)
    Do you have friendly men in white coats who come to check on you every so often as well?
    They are my friends
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    (Original post by shiny)
    I think the work experience thing can be a bit of a killer. I don't think I was aware that you had to do lots of work experience and stuff at 16!
    Yeah, my school told me I needed work exp, but didn't do anything about helping me get it, so I set up my own. I managed ok, but if I hadn't been told, I probably wouldn't have been so well prepared. As it is, I don't have any "contacts," but I know some people with doctor parents who have been able to swing all kinds of fantastic experience.

    Fluffy - I'm sure they're very nice.
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    I think doctordom is too posh for me
 
 
 
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