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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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