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    I still find it hard to believe but 3 years ago a lad I heard about got poor A' level results, he'd only been interested in doing medicine for a few weeks before results day and clearing, he'd never initially applied for medicine other than one of his choices.

    He claimed he had contacted a university during clearing and that a clearing advisor had allowed him to take a place in medical school ( he never even contacted clearing).
    He phoned the university a few days after this fictitious conversation asking why he had not received his entry confirmation and was adamant that he had been accepted on his grades. As a gamble he chose a common name of whom he claims to have revived the offer from. He gave this first name to the admissions officer and by sheer chance there were some people of that name on the clearing team.

    Rather than dispute the entrant the admissions officer made some calls and explained that despite his poor grades, he had been promised a place in med school and that the University felt committed to honour that promise, (presumably to avoid bad press) but that he would have a stern word with the whole clearing team not to make offers without any certainty and to contact a supervisor if eligibility to a course is questionable.

    Result was he got into med school and has so far passed all assessments end of year exams and is now successfully entering his 3 year. (He has to do six years due to a bad chemistry grade).

    Just amazing what can happen....
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    (Original post by Ambitious1999)
    I still find it hard to believe but 3 years ago a lad I heard about got poor A' level results, he'd only been interested in doing medicine for a few weeks before results day and clearing, he'd never initially applied for medicine other than one of his choices.

    He claimed he had contacted a university during clearing and that a clearing advisor had allowed him to take a place in medical school ( he never even contacted clearing).
    He phoned the university a few days after this fictitious conversation asking why he had not received his entry confirmation and was adamant that he had been accepted on his grades. As a gamble he chose a common name of whom he claims to have revived the offer from. He gave this first name to the admissions officer and by sheer chance there were some people of that name on the clearing team.

    Rather than dispute the entrant the admissions officer made some calls and explained that despite his poor grades, he had been promised a place in med school and that the University felt committed to honour that promise, (presumably to avoid bad press) but that he would have a stern word with the whole clearing team not to make offers without any certainty and to contact a supervisor if eligibility to a course is questionable.

    Result was he got into med school and has so far passed all assessments end of year exams and is now successfully entering his 3 year. (He has to do six years due to a bad chemistry grade).

    Just amazing what can happen....
    I know what he did was completely wrong ( if it's true) but the fact he passed all assessments meant that he's suited for this right?
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    Sounds just like hearsay tbh.
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    (Original post by SunnyBoys)
    I know what he did was completely wrong ( if it's true) but the fact he passed all assessments meant that he's suited for this right?
    I would certainly agree with that. There's a lot of stuff in A' level chemistry that's irrelevant in medicine anyway.
    The most important thing is that he has passed those medical school assessments and that he knows his anatomy, physiology, pathology, dissections etc.
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    There's no way this is true.
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    (Original post by Ambitious1999)
    Just amazing it never happened....
    Fixed it.

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    That medic's name?

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    (Original post by iEthan)
    There's no way this is true.
    That's what I thought. I didn't even know you could do medicine via clearing, but there was a web site that said you can now but whether that was possible 3 years ago nobody knows lol.
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    Someone's chatting nonsense somewhere.... uni admissions departments don't work like that, and medicine doesn't show up in Clearing. He certainly woudln't have got in without an interview - it's a GMC requirement.
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_legend
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    My BS-o-meter just exploded.
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    (Original post by Origami Bullets)
    Someone's chatting nonsense somewhere.... uni admissions departments don't work like that, and medicine doesn't show up in Clearing. He certainly woudln't have got in without an interview - it's a GMC requirement.
    Medicine was in clearing this year at St Georges*
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    (Original post by infairverona)
    Medicine was in clearing this year at St Georges*
    There's occasionally one exception - but it's very rare, as invariably universities will just fill any spare places with their near misses from the interview stage.
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    (Original post by infairverona)
    Medicine was in clearing this year at St Georges*
    Indeed it was, and places were given to people who had missed their firm medical offer, after having completed all the usual UKCAT/interview/work experience etc, but had got into their non-medicine insurance. They were also interviewed by St George's. They were not, funnily enough, people with none of those things as described in the highly imaginative story in the OP, which has as many holes in it as a fishing net.
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    (Original post by Origami Bullets)
    There's occasionally one exception - but it's very rare, as invariably universities will just fill any spare places with their near misses from the interview stage.
    No, it's true. The world tilted on its axis this year and there were 50 places in Clearing at St George's. We couldn't believe it either.
    Beska spent results day dealing with it.
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    (Original post by Carnationlilyrose)
    Indeed it was, and places were given to people who had missed their firm medical offer, after having completed all the usual UKCAT/interview/work experience etc, but had got into their non-medicine insurance. They were also interviewed by St George's. They were not, funnily enough, people with none of those things as described in the highly imaginative story in the OP, which has as many holes in it as a fishing net.
    Of course, I have no doubt that this story is a load of rubbish*
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    (Original post by Carnationlilyrose)
    No, it's true. The world tilted on its axis this year and there were 50 places in Clearing at St George's. We couldn't believe it either.
    Bloody hell D:

    I rather missed that bit of excitement... and there was me thinking that Reading breaking the Embargo on Sunday was the most entertaining part of Clearing.
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    (Original post by Origami Bullets)
    Bloody hell D:

    I rather missed that bit of excitement... and there was me thinking that Reading breaking the Embargo on Sunday was the most entertaining part of Clearing.
    No, it was the St George's story. The rest was very tame.
 
 
 
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