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I'm in Year 12 and I am going to apply for Medicine at uni later this year, I've been told at college to start doing some 'wider reading' but I haven't really been given much guidance. I've looked at some journals but most require a subscription and are far too advanced. I honestly have no clue where to start or what to look for, any help or recommendations would be appreciated
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You don't need to read medical journals. Just keep up to date with the news and current affairs in medicine, enter essay competitions, volunteer and do work experience to enhance your perspective.
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I'm in Year 12 and I am going to apply for Medicine at uni later this year, I've been told at college to start doing some 'wider reading' but I haven't really been given much guidance. I've looked at some journals but most require a subscription and are far too advanced. I honestly have no clue where to start or what to look for, any help or recommendations would be appreciated
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health

https://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network

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You don't need to read medical journals. Just keep up to date with the news and current affairs in medicine, enter essay competitions, volunteer and do work experience to enhance your perspective.
Essay competitions?
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I'm in Year 12 and I am going to apply for Medicine at uni later this year, I've been told at college to start doing some 'wider reading' but I haven't really been given much guidance. I've looked at some journals but most require a subscription and are far too advanced. I honestly have no clue where to start or what to look for, any help or recommendations would be appreciated
Don't know how useful this will be but here it goes:

Do read the Guardian/BBC/MSM health+science content but try and get hold of the original research and decide if the journalists did a good job of relaying the information so *normal* people can understand it. Journalists always make a hash of statistics and usually get the wrong end of the stick unless they are repeating what Cancer Research UK have said, for example.

Which leads onto the next point:

You say you need to pay for a subscription for journals? Not any more! Use scihub

https://sci-hub.tw/

Just paste the DOI (like a link) into the search box and follow the instructions. Of course, reading random research articles is a bit intense, so I suggest you read a review article - these are like chapters of textbooks, only a lot more recent. Some are quite nice to read on their own.

Lets take this example, misdiagnosing diabetes.
https://inews.co.uk/news/health/type...-misdiagnosed/

this indirectly references work by Oram and colleagues https://link.springer.com/article/10...892-017-0961-5 - this is behind a paywall :unimpressed:

ah but now look for the DOI 10.1007/s11892-017-0961-5 - copy that into scihub and open The DOI is typically found near the authors' names or in this case in "cite as" tab. I have now learnt to recognise the format, they start with 10. which is in the url.

This article mentioned is part of a series, so go knock yourself out!
https://link.springer.com/journal/11...c552616273c49b

Not only would this alone be plenty ammunition for a med school interview - what about us scamming this research?

Who should have access to this information? Why open to all? Why restrict?
Who paid for it? Should it be in the public domain if paid for by the state (taxes etc)? This was work was supported by grant money.

Read about Martin Luther (not King) and think of any parallels you can think of.

Good luck.
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I'm in Year 12 and I am going to apply for Medicine at uni later this year, I've been told at college to start doing some 'wider reading' but I haven't really been given much guidance. I've looked at some journals but most require a subscription and are far too advanced. I honestly have no clue where to start or what to look for, any help or recommendations would be appreciated
As above, if you are reading anything the health section of news website will be good enough. Read the student BMJ if you want but it is paid-for subscription.
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