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I was wondering if anyone had any perspectives on the difference in workload/difficulty between graduate entry medicine and standard undergraduate medicine? I will (hopefully) be entering from an undergraduate psychology background

Also how much time did you have for social lives/extracurriculars/working (for both undergrad and grad entry)?
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Hello all

I was wondering if anyone had any perspectives on the difference in workload/difficulty between graduate entry medicine and standard undergraduate medicine? I will (hopefully) be entering from an undergraduate psychology background

Also how much time did you have for social lives/extracurriculars/working (for both undergrad and grad entry)?
GEP graduate here. We started first year a month earlier than the rest of the uni and finished a month later. There was enough time for a good social life and to participate in medic clubs and societies.

From second to fourth year we got two weeks off at Christmas and two weeks in the summer. Clinical years are long in both graduate entry and five year medical degrees and the hours are generally similar to that of a full time job, so socialising was generally saved for Fridays and weekends.

It is possible to work during GEM but once again this has to fit around exams and hospital placements. Most people I knew who worked did flexible jobs like bank HCA/nursing/phlebotomy shifts, locum pharmacist shifts or working on campus as a residential assistant or at the SU.
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GEP graduate here. We started first year a month earlier than the rest of the uni and finished a month later. There was enough time for a good social life and to participate in medic clubs and societies.

From second to fourth year we got two weeks off at Christmas and two weeks in the summer. Clinical years are long in both graduate entry and five year medical degrees and the hours are generally similar to that of a full time job, so socialising was generally saved for Fridays and weekends.

It is possible to work during GEM but once again this has to fit around exams and hospital placements. Most people I knew who worked did flexible jobs like bank HCA/nursing/phlebotomy shifts, locum pharmacist shifts or working on campus as a residential assistant or at the SU.
Thanks for your response. Would you say the pacing and intensity of the workload in GEM are comparable? Only reason i'm worried is that i'm coming from a non-science background
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The GEM students on my course described a more intense first year. In second year they were doing what we were doing plus an additional exam, so objectively they were doing more. The third and fourth years were identical.
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In my GEM course, the non-science students had caught up with the science students by Christmas.

We had lots of time for sociable activities and some people worked throughout the 4 years (but were flexible jobs like the above poster mentioned)
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