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Hey guys!

I'm Harry. I've just finished my undergraduate degree in Theoretical Physics, and after doing a bit of a masters I realised that my old passion of medicine was where I really wanted to go, so am taking a gap year to get the extra experience for the september application.

How is everyone else spending the start of 2018?
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(Original post by Volibear)
GEM tuition is paid by SFE and the NHS bursary and you also get a maintenance loan. However, you have to pay £3,465 in your first year. Not all in one go though.
Wait so sfe pays for your graduate entry? Are sure about this?
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Wait so sfe pays for your graduate entry? Are sure about this?
Yes, for the four year courses.
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Hi everyone!

Thought I'd join this discussion because I will be applying for 2019 entry into GEM.
I am a second year Cellular and Molecular Medicine student at the University of Bristol.
I achieved AAB at A-level.

As for work experience, so far I have done approximately 60 hours volunteering at my local hospice and have spent a week shadowing an oncologist and watching various surgeries.
Over Easter I am going to be shadowing a pathologist, so I'm really excited!

My dream medical school is Warwick, but I'll just be happy with anyone that takes me haha! I think I'll be applying to all UKCAT unis.
Wishing everyone the best of luck with their application, we can do this!
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Hi everyone! Joining now as I'm over-preparing like the rest of you

Got my PhD in neuroscience and currently working in a neurosurgery ward but decided to go back and become an eternal student.
Going for the BMAT and UKCAT and planning to apply for Oxford, Cambridge, Newcastle and QM.

Good luck everyone!
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Hey everyone! I’m applying for graduate medicine in 2019 but starting to get concerned about work experience... how much is required? I’m hoping I’ll get a place volunteering in a care home in the next month which gives me 10 months to volunteer before the UCAS deadline. Is this enough? Will a care home volunteering role suffice? Or is shadowing mandatory? I did shadowing when I applied for medicine first time round but I didn’t find it overly useful, hence I’m seeking a more hands on volunteering role.

I’ll only be applying to UKCAT universities as unable to afford the GAMSAT (Warwick, Newcastle, Southampton, King’s, Barts). I got an average of 80% in my first year
Thanks guys! Stressing
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Hi everyone! I'm currently in my first year of GEM at Nottingham- let me know if you have any questions
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Hi everyone! I'm currently in my first year of GEM at Nottingham- let me know if you have any questions
hello! i'd love to know your a-level stats, and what you got in your degree? notts is somewhere i'm seriously considering, if you don't want to say please feel free to ignore my message! also what did you study & where?
thanks a ton
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Hi everyone! I'm currently in my first year of GEM at Nottingham- let me know if you have any questions
What was your GAMSAT score? Is it true if you haven't completed your degree then you have to get GAMSAT score which is the same as 2:2. Also what work experience did you do? I was wondering how Nottingham work experience go about??
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(Original post by a-spiringmedic)
hello! i'd love to know your a-level stats, and what you got in your degree? notts is somewhere i'm seriously considering, if you don't want to say please feel free to ignore my message! also what did you study & where?
thanks a ton
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What was your GAMSAT score? Is it true if you haven't completed your degree then you have to get GAMSAT score which is the same as 2:2. Also what work experience did you do? I was wondering how Nottingham work experience go about??
My GAMSAT score was 75, but please don't let that scare you! For the GAMSAT unis, getting an interview is a tick-box exercise. All you need is a degree over the minimum, a GAMSAT over the minimum, and work experience. At the end of the day, someone who does brilliantly has no advantage over someone who doesn't once they both get to interview.

I have a 2.2 from QMUL for a BSc in biology and a merit from QMUL for an MSc in forensic medical science. I volunteered in a hospital, did some filing for a local GP practice, and tutored kids with learning difficulties.

My A levels were ABBB in biology, chemistry, maths and philosophy, but I'm pretty sure the GAMSAT unis at least don't look at them at all.

Hope that helps!
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My GAMSAT score was 75, but please don't let that scare you! For the GAMSAT unis, getting an interview is a tick-box exercise. All you need is a degree over the minimum, a GAMSAT over the minimum, and work experience. At the end of the day, someone who does brilliantly has no advantage over someone who doesn't once they both get to interview.

I have a 2.2 from QMUL for a BSc in biology and a merit from QMUL for an MSc in forensic medical science. I volunteered in a hospital, did some filing for a local GP practice, and tutored kids with learning difficulties.

My A levels were ABBB in biology, chemistry, maths and philosophy, but I'm pretty sure the GAMSAT unis at least don't look at them at all.

Hope that helps!
Oh my god your GAMSAT score is just a dream score? What sections did you focus on the most? Any tips in order to help the improvement?
As I have sat it twice now with first score of 49 in March 2017 and 54 in September 2017. I am in my second year of University hence why I feel like my degree is important and therefore won't be sitting it in March 2018 but instead September 2018. So I am risking it with the application process...
No Nottingham doesn't look at A level however Liverpool does to my knowledge want 3 Bs (including it in Biology and Chemistry..)
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Oh my god your GAMSAT score is just a dream score? What sections did you focus on the most? Any tips in order to help the improvement?
As I have sat it twice now with first score of 49 in March 2017 and 54 in September 2017. I am in my second year of University hence why I feel like my degree is important and therefore won't be sitting it in March 2018 but instead September 2018. So I am risking it with the application process...
No Nottingham doesn't look at A level however Liverpool does to my knowledge want 3 Bs (including it in Biology and Chemistry..)
I tutored for years and found practicing comprehension papers (at the 11 plus and 13 plus levels particularly) to be really useful (if a little bit patronising :P ). Bond and CGP do some fab multiple choice past papers- try to do them in say 3/4 of the time it would give an 11 yo and it's actually good practice for S1.

For S2, work out an essay structure that works for you, and then practice. Use varied punctuation, use hyperbole, similes, metaphor, quote people, ask rhetorical questions... and make sure your content is directly answering the question.

S3..... bleh. If you're time pressured and have A Level science level sorted, then focus most of your energy on data interpretation! Seriously. Make sure you are comfortable with all sorts of graphs and figures, and how to extrapolate key information from paragraphs of sciencey rambling. If you have time, then obviously make sure you revise the actual science!

Most importantly, do NOT compare yourself to me, or anyone else! It's rule number one of GEM. Everyone has different experiences, everyone has different strengths. I got a great GAMSAT result, sure, but I got a 2.2 in my first degree. Some people scraped by GAMSAT and got a 1st. Some people scraped through both, some people did fantastically at both. We all had a clean slate going into interview. So breathe, and do your best.

Remember, all my views are my own, I only have my own experiences to go on, and this is the internet so you have no proof at all that I am who I say I am :P

Feel free to ask any more questions, I'm procrastinating revising for exams! :P
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Hey, this is vaguely related, but when do we begin to apply for graduate entry medicine, i am currently in second year of university.
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Assuming you want to start straight after your degree, you'd apply this September/October, so the beginning of your 3rd year

But some medical schools may only accept people who have completed their degree or may have different requirements for those who haven't finished yet (for example GAMSAT score).

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Which unis want you to complete your degree? I have no idea even though I done the research is it Queen Mary and Nottingham?
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I'm not sure tbh. It could be that I'm mistaken and it's more a preference towards those who have completed their degrees. Birmingham, for example, say this:

"We will consider, normally, those applicants who have completed a life science degree at the time of application."

Ofc, I may be completely wrong as I'm applying this year so I'll have finished my degree and what I'm saying is based on what I've read in previous threads

But you'll most likely be fine applying this year if that's what you're planning to do.
Oh right I am in my second year of university and yes I know what you mean! I definitely know Birmingham wants you to apply once you graduated you got that correct! I still got another year to graduate lol but we can all do this!!
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Hi everyone,



I am new to here and I am so glad I found this thread. I am planning to apply for GEM for a 2019 start as well.



I have graduated BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences at the University of Manchester in July 2017 with a 2:1 and currently doing a Masters of Research in Oncology at the Christie NHS foundation trust (hoping I will get a distinction!). Also, I am an EU student. Regarding my experience, I have done autism spectrum support work for 12 months, taking notes for disabled students on campus and providing mobile help as well. I am now trying to find a caretaker volunteering position. Also, I am shadowing doctors in the lymphoma group at the Christie hospital, 5 hours a week, seeing patients and attending multidisciplinary meetings. My project supervisor is a Paediatric oncologist who is one of the big names in his field (acute myeloid leukaemia) and I am hoping to get a good reference from him.



I have just bought the new 1250 UKCAT questions book and expecting it to arrive today! Planning to sit the exam in September 2018. I looked up the Kaplan course for UKCAT but it seems too expensive! Do you guys have any recommendations how I can prepare? Do you think the 1250 UKCAT book is enough?



As to universities, my dream one will be King's college, but I am also considering Warwick, Southampton, Bristol, Newcastle and Barts. I have also looked up the A100 5 years programmes in Scotland, so my other question is can I apply for GEM and MBChB (5 years) at the same time as two different UCAS accounts? I have only recently started doing my research in how to apply and what are the steps, so any information will be useful!



PS: There will be a talk at the Royal Society of Medicine, London on the 6th of April 2018 and it costs 10 pounds. Has anyone else booked a ticket already?



Thanks for your help in advance.

Antonia xx
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Hi,

I will be applying for 2019 GEM, having studied a BSc in Biological Sciences and MSc by Research in Repro Science, as A-Levels were not good enough.

I have just registered with UCAS but can we register to apply now for 2019? or is it just for 2018 applications for other courses as all GEM have closed now? I just wanted to see what the different applications were looking for. Also, if we don't hit the mark for the 2 tests this year does that mean we are out for 2019 or are there opportunities to take early next year?

Thanks

PS. Good luck to everyone! I am trying very hard to focus on my own application and not compare myself to others which has definitely been a downfall of mine in the past.
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Hello everyone,

I am also looking to apply for GEM 2019 entry. I am in my second year of biomedical sciences at Warwick.

A levels were A*BB, hence couldn't apply. Working as a bank Healthcare assistant in my local hospital, which has given me so much to talk about at interviews!

Currently debating on whether I should take the GAMSAT, but definitely taking the UKCAT.
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Hi,

I have a large amount of GAMSAT resources, that I am looking to sell to someone to make use of. I have the full GRADMED course (cost around £2500), OXIMED tests, a selection of other tests, mini booklets and an MCAT book complete with CD.

I am open to offers and am happy to sell as a package or separately. I live in London, however I can post but due to the weight this will cost a large amount. Please get in contact if you are serious. You can email me on ewadejonesATyahoo.co.uk

Thanks, Ella
Hi Ella,

Did the GRADMED course help? and did you get into medicine?

Thanks
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Oh my god your GAMSAT score is just a dream score? What sections did you focus on the most? Any tips in order to help the improvement?
As I have sat it twice now with first score of 49 in March 2017 and 54 in September 2017. I am in my second year of University hence why I feel like my degree is important and therefore won't be sitting it in March 2018 but instead September 2018. So I am risking it with the application process...
No Nottingham doesn't look at A level however Liverpool does to my knowledge want 3 Bs (including it in Biology and Chemistry..)
Hi,

Yeah Nottingham don't look at your previous education they look at your degree and GAMSAT results I sat my GAMSAT last year didn't do too good either I am thinking of trying again this year if not i might consider studying abroad have you ever considered it ?
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