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My son got a couple of hospital placements by finding out the specialties he wanted and getting in touch with the secretaries. They have the ear of the consultants and are important contacts. I would wait until you're 17 (if you're not already). Ask them for an application form. You will need to be patient and charming and maybe gently persistent (if the secretary mislays the forms as one of them did)
I'll be 17 in August so that wouldn't be really convenient...Thanks for the tips by the way, I'll try to be more persistent.
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Maybe look on the Cambridge masterclasses website. They get booked up very quickly so ask for an alert. That way you will get to know either the day before or the day the invites are made available. The last I knew they cost £20. They consisted of some lectures by Cambridge profs and I think some hints on applying. The website will tell you more about what's involved. Take your confirmation email with you as they will want to scan it. Also no food is provided so bring a packed lunch. Alternatively there is a hotdog stand on the bridge near Queens College.

If you want an alternative, go to Cambridge Science Fesitval medical school open day. It takes place in March so look at the Festival website now and book whatever free lectures you want. We saw Dame Sally Davies give her iconic "the drugs don't work" lecture on antibiotics and it was amazing. You can visit a pharmaceutical lab, an operating theatre etc. Papworth were there one year and both my sons put on scrubs and helped with a pretend operation. There are all sorts of experiments, freebies, exhibitions etc. Although it is out of the city centre (Addenbrookes hospital), you can park in the multi-storey car park and they will refund your parking ticket. Also there is a large canteen in Addenbrookes foyer to eat at lunchtime. The medical day is always on at the weekend, so no problems missing school!
I booked a place for the Medicine masterclass 2 weeks ago, it's now fully booked so I'm glad that I booked it early. Thanks to inform me about the Festival, I didn't knew about it! I'll sort transport out soon . .
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I'll be 17 in August so that wouldn't be really convenient...Thanks for the tips by the way, I'll try to be more persistent.
You could try residential homes, you only have to 16 for those, and you can take your time chatting to the patients and getting to know them. They love the attention as well, as some of them don't get any visitors. My son helped with the arts and crafts, and was their bingo caller... Oh and one of the residents gave him an idea for his EPQ.
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Although Oxford do focus more on interview performance and BMAT scores whereas Cambridge view the application more holistically, hence yes these additional activites may be useful to you, they wouldn't neccessary benefit your Oxford application. It really gets down to the interview, and remember, the personal statement has such significant character constraints one finds it difficult to include all these achievements and experiences- In addition to applying to other medical schools where work experience and volunteering is more important than academic endeavour.

Anecdotally speaking from experience, I arguably did the maximum an applicant could potentially do with my various experiences, therefore it does demonstrate that the interivew plays such a phenomenal role towards an offer. If you are going for the course or prestige you are better off at Cambridge regarding super curricular achievements.
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Although Oxford do focus more on interview performance and BMAT scores whereas Cambridge view the application more holistically, hence yes these additional activites may be useful to you, they wouldn't neccessary benefit your Oxford application. It really gets down to the interview, and remember, the personal statement has such significant character constraints one finds it difficult to include all these achievements and experiences- In addition to applying to other medical schools where work experience and volunteering is more important than academic endeavour.

Anecdotally speaking from experience, I arguably did the maximum an applicant could potentially do with my various experiences, therefore it does demonstrate that the interivew plays such a phenomenal role towards an offer. If you are going for the course or prestige you are better off at Cambridge regarding super curricular achievements.
In your opinion, what would you say that would improve my chances in the interview? What do you think that you could've improved?

I'll be trying to do some volunteering, it's quite tough as you know better than anyone else how tough it is to balance so many stuffs. I'm taking the Physics AS Challenge next month (hopefully), would you say that it's all AS or content or are there unrelated stuffs? I did pretty well in unit 1.
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In your opinion, what would you say that would improve my chances in the interview? What do you think that you could've improved?

I'll be trying to do some volunteering, it's quite tough as you know better than anyone else how tough it is to balance so many stuffs. I'm taking the Physics AS Challenge next month (hopefully), would you say that it's all AS or content or are there unrelated stuffs? I did pretty well in unit 1.
Most of this should be mentioned in your reference instead of your ps considering the character constraints, having said this, Physics is incredibly useful for the interview, both of my scientific interviews required a physics perspective to be answered at very high quality! So carry on. I would say read books, do essays and become broader on your subjects. In this way, you have a greater variety of knowledge to which one applies in a plethora of contexts during the interview, in addition to gaining a grasp of the question.

You really can't prepare for the interviews.
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Physics is incredibly useful for the interview, both of my scientific interviews required a physics perspective to be answered at very high quality!
Its very likely they asked you physics questions because they knew you did physics A-level though, to be clear to other readers. They do tailor questions to the person.

You really can't prepare for the interviews.
Well its very obvious when candidates have come from independent schools and had coaching - the whole interaction is just completely different - and whilst interviewers try to ignore that independent schools do have a higher success rate so it probably is effective.

I would argue that ensuring you are able to talk academically about your subject, and perhaps trying to organise a mock interview from someone, is probably a good idea.
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hi, i wanna apply to oxford aswell, haha pretty certain i don't stand a chance but oh well.

my gcse's:
bio:8
chem:9
physics:9
english lang:9
english lit:9
maths:8
french:8
rs: 9
geography:9

eh and i went to a kinda disadvantaged school so i'm hoping they take that into account but yeah.

currently doing bio, chem, psychology, and maths as and an epq. I'm in the middle of my mock exams right now but i think i will be predicted a* a* a a and an a* in epq i hope.
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This Thread is for Year 12 Students Aiming or Decided to Apply to Oxford University Medical School. Please state the following information: Home/International ?:
GCSE/IGCSE Grades for each subject: A level subjects & Predicted Grade: BMAT (when available): Other Universities options: Your thoughts of how competitive this year will be.
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hey!

- home
- gcses: 6 grade 9s and 3 grade 8s.
- alevels: Biology, chemistry, psychology, AS maths and EPQ.
- predicted grades: a*a*a and an A in AS maths.

i feel like it will be super competitive this year. I'm still not sure if I defo want to apply to Oxford or if it will be a waste of an application haha
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Hi : Is the above analysis also valid for Oxford? If someone was to chose an open application will that be better option to avoid the smart guys with BMAT 6s and 7s ? There are 26 colleges at Oxford for medicine and I do not know why people target one college than another? I have seen on this post a smart person with very good BMAT rejected while another with lower BMAT with an offer ( I wish him/her the best). It just does not make sense to me. I would love to know what someone needs to do to connect with the interviewees.In my view, UCAS must allow applicants who got reject from oxbridge to apply to another university because no one blames a student with 10A* and A*AA and a BMAT with high 5s from applying to oxbridge to find out they are rejected later on.
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Hi : Is the above analysis also valid for Oxford? If someone was to chose an open application will that be better option to avoid the smart guys with BMAT 6s and 7s ? There are 26 colleges at Oxford for medicine and I do not know why people target one college than another? I have seen on this post a smart person with very good BMAT rejected while another with lower BMAT with an offer ( I wish him/her the best). It just does not make sense to me. I would love to know what someone needs to do to connect with the interviewees.In my view, UCAS must allow applicants who got reject from oxbridge to apply to another university because no one blames a student with 10A* and A*AA and a BMAT with high 5s from applying to oxbridge to find out they are rejected later on.
Current offer holder at Cambs here, you're welcome to PM me remember that a lot of the people will be rejected at interview. UCAS have no need to do that, Oxbridge, like any other university, reserve a right to reject who they want to, and in applying to Oxford and Cambridge you assume the risk that you could be rejected. There is also a difference in the demographic applying to each college, which may be worthy of consideration. Having good grades does not entitle you a place at Oxbridge, Imperial, UCL, or any top-ranknig university. However, Oxford shortlist using the GCSE and BMAT, but Cambridge seem to be open to acceptinw a wider variety of applicants, who show an upward grade progression and excellent interview performance. (also if you don't have an offer from UCL I think this is the wrong thread )
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Does anyone study medicine at Worcester? I’m thinking of applying next year. Does anyone know if it’s one of the hardest colleges to get into?
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Hiya!
So I'm a home student and I got 10 x 9s and 1 xA^ (further maths) at GCSE so at least I have that as an advantage.
I'm taking A-Level in biology, chemistry and maths predicted A*A*A*
I've volunteered in the AMU department, organised a week of experience in Trauma surgery and three days in ENT during the summer. I also tutor GCSE Maths and French. Also taking an EPQ but not sure what grade I'll get.
Thing is, despite my relatively good stats, I'll probably flunk the interview. How can I practise this? What sort of questions are asked?
I've also just written my personal statement. If anyone with experience could check it, I'd really appreciate it!
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I'll be 17 in August so that wouldn't be really convenient...Thanks for the tips by the way, I'll try to be more persistent.
The same thing happened to me. My birthday is mid-August so have had to squeeze in my work experience during the last two weeks. If you're 17, you can go into the operating theatre.
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Hello Crow_M

Haven't heard from you for a while (probs because I'm not on the Oxford medicine threads much until lately)

I'm sooo glad about the masterclass. Hope you get a lot out of it. If I remember correctly, there is a section about applying to Cambridge for medicine.
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I booked a place for the Medicine masterclass 2 weeks ago, it's now fully booked so I'm glad that I booked it early. Thanks to inform me about the Festival, I didn't knew about it! I'll sort transport out soon . .
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Does anyone study medicine at Worcester? I’m thinking of applying next year. Does anyone know if it’s one of the hardest colleges to get into?
It is a very popular college yes - 2nd only to Brasenose over the last 3 years.

But 1) the pooling system is quite comprehensive and it should not affect your chances of getting into Oxford overall and 2) There is a lot of variability in the numbers if you're looking at a specific subject - I would only pay attention to this if you were really torn between Worcester and a college you know is consistently significantly less popular.
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The same thing happened to me. My birthday is mid-August so have had to squeeze in my work experience during the last two weeks. If you're 17, you can go into the operating theatre.
Well theatre isn't exactly compulsory, and arguably isn't useful, so I'm not sure you "had to" do that!
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In some parts of the country you are not likely to see the inside of an operating theatre until you are 18. My son wasn’t allowed. ( Sheffield)

A school friend of his had the chance to go to the theatre but they found out he was only 17 so he was stopped at the last minute. Check first beforehand. This is why it is really not necessary or taken into consideration.
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Well theatre isn't exactly compulsory, and arguably isn't useful, so I'm not sure you "had to" do that!
I know it’s not compulsory but it was the only form of work experience I could get. I wanted to do some shadowing just to confirm that this was the career I wanted to do for the rest of my life. No GPs offered work experience and the closest hospital to me rejected my application I didn’t have an eligible post code. Trauma surgery was the only department at another hospital which responded to my email and I’m actually really looking forward to it!
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You're very lucky to get that experience Meg1Smith

Enjoy it, and stick it down on your PS!
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I know it’s not compulsory but it was the only form of work experience I could get. I wanted to do some shadowing just to confirm that this was the career I wanted to do for the rest of my life. No GPs offered work experience and the closest hospital to me rejected my application I didn’t have an eligible post code. Trauma surgery was the only department at another hospital which responded to my email and I’m actually really looking forward to it!
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