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    I'm currently finishing my GCSE year (Mock predicitions involving 5 A* and 4 A's, along with and extra french GCSE I already have (A*) as well as an extra Portuguese GCSE I am planning on taking (certainly either A or A*).

    I am doing IB next year, and chose both Biology and Chemistry, as well as Psychology and French. (Maths and English are obligatory).

    I am Portuguese, living in the UAE, but I do not wish to study here, or in Portugal as I do not think there are any good Universities/med schools.

    I'm not sure what to do. Do I need a major to apply to a med school? Where can I get into pre-med programs? At any random University, or at the med school itself? What courses do I have to take? And after I've completed med school, what happens? I've read on some University websites about residency, but what is that exactly? And is that before or after specialising?

    Basically, where do I go from here?

    I'd welcome any help, please be as detailed as possible!
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    In the UK, you can either do a degree in Medicine straight after IB or do a Biomedical Sciences degree and graduate Medicine.

    Residency means where you live. If you have lived in the UEA for at least three years, that means you count as an international student, If I remember correctly.

    You can apply for Medicine online through UCAS until the 15th October of your last year of high school/A-levels/etc. Since you are in your last year of GCSE, you will be able to apply between 1st(?) September 2019 and 15th October 2019.

    Your IB subjects and GCSEs are good for Medicine.
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    (Original post by DianaDom)
    I'm currently finishing my GCSE year (Mock predicitions involving 5 A* and 4 A's, along with and extra french GCSE I already have (A*) as well as an extra Portuguese GCSE I am planning on taking (certainly either A or A*).

    I am doing IB next year, and chose both Biology and Chemistry, as well as Psychology and French. (Maths and English are obligatory).

    I am Portuguese, living in the UAE, but I do not wish to study here, or in Portugal as I do not think there are any good Universities/med schools.

    I'm not sure what to do. Do I need a major to apply to a med school? Where can I get into pre-med programs? At any random University, or at the med school itself? What courses do I have to take? And after I've completed med school, what happens? I've read on some University websites about residency, but what is that exactly? And is that before or after specialising?

    Basically, where do I go from here?

    I'd welcome any help, please be as detailed as possible!
    Hello, I live in the UAE too!! I'm also interested in medicine so I know a few stuff. There is a university in RAK (that's the one I know most about) and their grade requirements are C's for 5 subjects in IGCSE and C's for 4 subjects in AS ( they must be chemistry, physics, biology and maths) , for AL they accept 2 subjects with a C ( Should be two sciences.)
    As for IB they require completion of any six courses including Biology and Physics or Biology and Chemistry at the higher level and three at standard level, with a score of at least 25.
    To become a surgeon you must first study five years of general medicine, plus a year of internship and then you can go off and specialise as a surgeon which is an extra few years. In other countries there are other ways , but I'm not really sure and I don't want to give you false information.
    I hope this helps you in any way.. If you need anything you can message me.Do you know where you want to study? Do you have a limit of how much you can spend on tuition? At my school we had a teacher who would help us with all of the university stuff and would do the research or look for universities in that specific country that we want to go to, etc. Can you ask one of your teachers to help? Maybe your head of year? Best of luck x
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      (Original post by DianaDom)
      Basically, where do I go from here?
      A lot of what you've said seems to apply to North American universities (pre-med programs, etc.) about which I don't know very much. I can tell you about universities in the UK, however. Medicine here is an undergraduate course, meaning you can usually start your training straight out of high school (at the age of 18). So you don't need to worry about getting a major or enrolling on a pre-med program or anything of that sort.

      What you need to do from this point on is to: a) do well in your IB Diploma - the typical entry requirement is at least 36 points and 666 in your HLs, including chemistry and biology and b) try to get some relevant work/volunteering experience, such as shadowing a GP (family doctors - I'm unsure what they're called in the UAE) for a few days or working in a care home - you'll need to reflect on this in your personal statement, which is kind of like an essay that you submit with your application explaining why you want to study the course and what qualities you think you have that make you suited to it.

      Also check out TSR's medicine wiki: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/Medicine. It is hopelessly out of date though, so do ask questions in the medicine forum if you're confused about anything.
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        (Original post by Michiyo)
        Residency means where you live. If you have lived in the UEA for at least three years, that means you count as an international student, If I remember correctly.
        In medical terms it refers to the period of supervised in-hospital training immediately after graduation from medical school.
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        Thank you so much for all your replies! This really helped!

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        Medicine courses are super-expensive if you're an international student. I'd look into what the med schools you are interested in are charging under what circumstances.

        Basically I'm saying you might need to live in Europe for a bit first in order to make this feasible, or you might need to live there for a certain proportion of the year or something like that i.e. something you need to look into now, not later.
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        So tell me how does a Portuguese student end up in the United Arab Emirates
       
       
       
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