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    I applied for dentistry this year, stats were pretty bog standard. A*AA predicted and 664 ukcat. I was rejected from all my unis apart from my 5th choice, which I didnt really think about and put biochem down at newcastle, which was pretty thick. Asked a couple of them why, both basically said due to how competitive it was, I've emailed back again asking for specifics on how I can improve, hopefully they'll get back.

    Anyways, after calming down and realising that this was it, I'd been rejected from all my options and I didn't want to take my 5th choice offer, I sat down and thought to myself about why did I even apply for dentistry.

    Straight away I was thinking, wtf is going on, I mean before all these rejections came rolling out I was so passionate about doing it and now I'm sat here looking at what else I can do.

    Obviously, I would like to re apply next year, take a gap year, take some time to improve my application, get some more experience in there etc.

    Here's where it gets even worse. Instead of dentistry, I'm now wanting to applying for medicine. I convinced myself, after rejection, that it was simply too competitive for dentistry and surely it'll be slightly easier for medicine considering how many universities there are offering the course in comparison. Saying all this, I can only imagine the competition being just as fierce for medicine aswell, due to there being a hell of a lot more people applying for medicine than dentistry. I was initially going to apply for med, but I didn't in the end because I thought it would be too much for me to handle, I mean I cant imagine dentistry being easier either, so Idk why i didnt go for it.

    Its probably just the shock from rejection thats got me thinking like this. But fml it was a bad feeling. Either way I'm going to focus on A levels for the rest of this year, smash them to bits and get my 3 A's , or hopefully better and then see how it goes.

    As for applying for medicine, what do you guys think? Providing I get the correct work experience and everything sorted. I genuinely want to have a future career working in healthcare, and I cant see myself doing anything else.
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    I think I’m in a similar boat.
    I’ve had one interview this year for medicine but have been rejected by my other 3 unis.
    Medicine is much more competitive compared to dentistry I’m afraid, so if it’s the fierceness of applying you’re not keen on, you’re in for a heck of a ride.
    I think if you really want medicine now, go for it! Your A-level predictions clearly show you are a worthy and applicable candidate.
    If you don’t mind sharing your GCSEs, it would be good to know so I can recommend universities you should consider.
    I’m not saying that you have made this mistake, but a lot of medicine/dentistry applicants make the mistake of picking where they want to go out of preference, which is completely wrong. Apply with your strengths, don’t apply to a GCSE heavy university if you have below mediocre GCSEs for the average medical applicant.
    I’ll be glad to give you any more advice if necessary!
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    I think you need to take a break and figure out what you want to do. Rejection is hard but it's something you need to learn to deal with.

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    (Original post by calpod)
    I applied for dentistry this year, stats were pretty bog standard. A*AA predicted and 664 ukcat. I was rejected from all my unis apart from my 5th choice, which I didnt really think about and put biochem down at newcastle, which was pretty thick. Asked a couple of them why, both basically said due to how competitive it was, I've emailed back again asking for specifics on how I can improve, hopefully they'll get back.

    Anyways, after calming down and realising that this was it, I'd been rejected from all my options and I didn't want to take my 5th choice offer, I sat down and thought to myself about why did I even apply for dentistry.

    Straight away I was thinking, wtf is going on, I mean before all these rejections came rolling out I was so passionate about doing it and now I'm sat here looking at what else I can do.

    Obviously, I would like to re apply next year, take a gap year, take some time to improve my application, get some more experience in there etc.

    Here's where it gets even worse. Instead of dentistry, I'm now wanting to applying for medicine. I convinced myself, after rejection, that it was simply too competitive for dentistry and surely it'll be slightly easier for medicine considering how many universities there are offering the course in comparison. Saying all this, I can only imagine the competition being just as fierce for medicine aswell, due to there being a hell of a lot more people applying for medicine than dentistry. I was initially going to apply for med, but I didn't in the end because I thought it would be too much for me to handle, I mean I cant imagine dentistry being easier either, so Idk why i didnt go for it.

    Its probably just the shock from rejection thats got me thinking like this. But fml it was a bad feeling. Either way I'm going to focus on A levels for the rest of this year, smash them to bits and get my 3 A's , or hopefully better and then see how it goes.

    As for applying for medicine, what do you guys think? Providing I get the correct work experience and everything sorted. I genuinely want to have a future career working in healthcare, and I cant see myself doing anything else.
    Hey, sorry to hear this, but you're definitely not alone.

    Use your gap year to have a really good think about it and undertake work experience - although clearly all before the mid October deadline is ideal. Dentistry and medicine are both very competitive as you know, and it's difficult to say really which is harder to get into. Medicine is probably also more intensive in the long run - but more interesting too (you're bound to get biased responses on the medicine forum!). Dentists just.. well, look in people's mouths all day. Medicine is much more varied depending on which specialty you end up in, and it's changing all the time.

    Chin up, and focus on your A levels for now
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    Take a long break and think about exactly what you want to do. I don't know what your situation is right now, but you might be in a hell of a rush to get relevant experience for medicine plus all the time you committed to dentistry will go to waste.

    Both courses are extremely competitive, one is not easier to get in than the other. Obviously something drew you to dentistry first, so you should ask yourself why. I doubt it was just the 'too much to handle' excuse, because dentistry has just as much, if not more, specialised knowledge to learn.

    Honestly, you are doing the right thing by focusing on your grades because you never know how your life might change on results day. People have been known to get offers then after being rejected! Also just saying, biochem at Newcastle does offer a transfer scheme onto dentistry, though it is super competitive.
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    (Original post by nj23)
    I think I’m in a similar boat.
    I’ve had one interview this year for medicine but have been rejected by my other 3 unis.
    Medicine is much more competitive compared to dentistry I’m afraid, so if it’s the fierceness of applying you’re not keen on, you’re in for a heck of a ride.
    I think if you really want medicine now, go for it! Your A-level predictions clearly show you are a worthy and applicable candidate.
    If you don’t mind sharing your GCSEs, it would be good to know so I can recommend universities you should consider.
    I’m not saying that you have made this mistake, but a lot of medicine/dentistry applicants make the mistake of picking where they want to go out of preference, which is completely wrong. Apply with your strengths, don’t apply to a GCSE heavy university if you have below mediocre GCSEs for the average medical applicant.
    I’ll be glad to give you any more advice if necessary!
    GCSE's weren't the best. Only managed to get one A* and the rest were all A's, I had 10 in total I think, might have to check. Considering there weren't that many unis for dentistry I wasn't exactly flattered for choice, but when it comes to med, jeeeeeeez idk where to start.
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    People have been known to get offers then after being rejected! Also just saying, biochem at Newcastle does offer a transfer scheme onto dentistry, though it is super competitive.
    That's what drew me to applying there, but I can only imagine it being 10x worse than undergrad application. I wouldnt want to imagine myself stuck in a situation where I got rejected there aswell and then I was stuck potentially doing a degree which I might not enjoy/ find interesting at all ygm
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    (Original post by calpod)
    That's what drew me to applying there, but I can only imagine it being 10x worse than undergrad application. I wouldnt want to imagine myself stuck in a situation where I got rejected there aswell and then I was stuck potentially doing a degree which I might not enjoy/ find interesting at all ygm
    I completely get what you mean. Which is why I kinda stuck it in as an afterthought. But honestly, rather than panic shifting your interests, take some time out and figure out what it is you want.
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    There are many career in healthcare. What is it about medicine/dentistry?
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    There are many career in healthcare. What is it about medicine/dentistry?
    I want to make a direct impact on people lives. I looked at Optometry and pharmacy, stuff like that, but it didnt interest me as much. Medicine caught my attention because of how broad it is and how it doesnt limit you in terms of career in the future. Dentistry caught my attention because of how much patient contact there actually is, which i observed during my placements. Thinking about it now though, medicine does appeal more to me than dentistry, probably because I've just been rejected from dentistry lol. Obviously, Im gnna think long and hard about it now. A levels are priority numero uno tho.
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    (Original post by calpod)
    I want to make a direct impact on people lives. I looked at Optometry and pharmacy, stuff like that, but it didnt interest me as much. Medicine caught my attention because of how broad it is and how it doesnt limit you in terms of career in the future. Dentistry caught my attention because of how much patient contact there actually is, which i observed during my placements. Thinking about it now though, medicine does appeal more to me than dentistry, probably because I've just been rejected from dentistry lol. Obviously, Im gnna think long and hard about it now. A levels are priority numero uno tho.
    What about nursing?

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    You have the grades for medicine. There's now only question that matters - "do you want to be a doctor?"

    It seems to me that you're just wanting to apply for medicine on a whim. "Well I got rejected for dentistry, may as well have a crack at medicine now."

    Take some time out to relax. Explore what a career in medicine is like (read online blogs, arrange work experience, watch YouTube videos).
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    you have an entire year to get experience and explore whether medicine or dentistry is genuinely what u want to do - read articles and look up courses but honestly i think getting some experience will really help u in knowing whether u actually want to do it

    i'd just take a deep breath; you have plenty of time
 
 
 
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