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    Hi I'm doing bio/chem at A-level and hoping to study medicine at uni.
    I was wondering how you found applying for the course and want grades or experience did u have that stood u out from the crowd.
    Thanks for any replies

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    Not a medical student yet, but the best way to stand out from the crowd are good aptitude test scores and good people skills. Generally speaking, having the grades is the bear minimum required given how competitive it is. Having said that, it very much depends on where you are applying, of course. For the most part, many universities (although not all; Bristol for example are big on the PS, as are Edinburgh) have gone away from placing a lot of emphasis on the personal statement. There are a few reasons for this, but the main ones are that pretty much anyone can write a reasonable personal statement, and secondly, personal statements have been shown to be a poor predictor for success at medical school.

    I'm not saying the personal statement isn't important, as a poor personal statement will for the vast majority of universities get you rejected right at the start. But at the same time, don't feel obliged to re-invent the wheel. I think it's very easy to get caught up in this idea that your reasons for wanting to medicine are a bit "lame", but in reality there are plenty of totally viable reasons for wanting to do medicine. Get some work experience and say what you learned from it and what it taught you about the profession. Nobody cares what surgeries you watched or what patients you saw if you can't reflect on what you learned from it.
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    (Original post by Loco16)
    Not a medical student yet, but the best way to stand out from the crowd are good aptitude test scores and good people skills. Generally speaking, having the grades is the bear minimum required given how competitive it is. Having said that, it very much depends on where you are applying, of course. For the most part, many universities (although not all; Bristol for example are big on the PS, as are Edinburgh) have gone away from placing a lot of emphasis on the personal statement. There are a few reasons for this, but the main ones are that pretty much anyone can write a reasonable personal statement, and secondly, personal statements have been shown to be a poor predictor for success at medical school.

    I'm not saying the personal statement isn't important, as a poor personal statement will for the vast majority of universities get you rejected right at the start. But at the same time, don't feel obliged to re-invent the wheel. I think it's very easy to get caught up in this idea that your reasons for wanting to medicine are a bit "lame", but in reality there are plenty of totally viable reasons for wanting to do medicine. Get some work experience and say what you learned from it and what it taught you about the profession. Nobody cares what surgeries you watched or what patients you saw if you can't reflect on what you learned from it.
    Thanks a lot - I've got in some decent wex placements which really opened my eyes to medicine but how can I make it relevant to my application?
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    (Original post by Loco16)
    Get some work experience and say what you learned from it and what it taught you about the profession. Nobody cares what surgeries you watched or what patients you saw if you can't reflect on what you learned from it.
    ^This

    Work placements are nothing if you don't get anything from them. Think about what you learnt, how did that solidify your choice to go into medicine. In most applications they want to know that you have an awareness of what you are going into; that is why people put these into their personal statements. I was told multiple times that quality is better than quality, and that is very true. Just because an applicant may have 10 weeks of work experience doesn't make them better than an applicant with one week, or even none! No admissions team wants to give someone a place only for them to drop out.
 
 
 
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