Gap Medics and BMAT/UKCAT Dilemma

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    I'll be applying to university in the autumn of 2017 and I am therefore trying to get as much work experience as I can. I will be doing one voluntary placement with a paediatric surgeon, another voluntary place tbc, and I would be fundraising for my gap medic place. My question is: should I be spending most of my summer revising for the UKCAT (which I would be sitting at the latest date possible) and the BMAT, in which case should I not do gap medics in order to have 2 more weeks for revision? Any information is appreciated

    There are study rooms at the gap medics houses
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    I don't know what gap medics is (sounds like something that would have a high profit margin for those running it) but safe to say that 2 weeks revision is not going to make that much of a difference. Just start 2 weeks earlier. For the BMAT in particular you'll have loads of time after you get back surely?
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    (Original post by nexttime)
    I don't know what gap medics is (sounds like something that would have a high profit margin for those running it) but safe to say that 2 weeks revision is not going to make that much of a difference. Just start 2 weeks earlier. For the BMAT in particular you'll have loads of time after you get back surely?
    Gap medics is basically work experience abroad yeah I'd have quite a bit of time I just don't want to overwhelm myself with a load of work to do when I'm back I guess 😅


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    You probably only need 2-3 weeks for UKCAT, a couple of months for bmat
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    (Original post by HouseOfRichman)
    I'll be applying to university in the autumn of 2017 and I am therefore trying to get as much work experience as I can. I will be doing one voluntary placement with a paediatric surgeon, another voluntary place tbc, and I would be fundraising for my gap medic place. My question is: should I be spending most of my summer revising for the UKCAT (which I would be sitting at the latest date possible) and the BMAT, in which case should I not do gap medics in order to have 2 more weeks for revision? Any information is appreciated

    There are study rooms at the gap medics houses
    I did GapMedics, are you doing the Warsaw placement? I don't think there was a study room there..?
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    I would definitely say don't do Gap Medics!! The UKCAT is often the most important part (or close to it) of selection for interview. Gap Medics doesn't really prove a whole lot apart from the fact that you have the money to do it! IMO it would be much better to focus on getting a good UKCAT score and finding other work experience / volunteering in the UK
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    I did Gap Medics in Tanzania and it was the best decision I have ever made!


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    Gap medics meh... Work experience here in the UK is enough, and at the end of the day they don't care what you did. they care about what you have learnt from it.
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    UKCAT takes two weeks to prep, in my opinion.

    In terms of the gap medic placement, it's obviously your choice but it's a lot of money and I wouldn't say unis look at it any differently than other work experience. If you can, show some intuition and sort some medical experience yourself. I spent less travelling India for 6 months than you would for one of those trips and I volunteered in schools and various hospital wards. But, like I said, it's up to you. I have heard good things from those placements, and I won't lie, I was contemplating going on one a while ago but I'm glad I didn't.


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