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    damn...so many people already thinking of applying to imperial and edinburgh...the competition has already started
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    (Original post by Isometrix)
    damn...so many people already thinking of applying to imperial and edinburgh...the competition has already started

    i just hope the people who use TSR are the best applicants, otherwise its gonna be one hell of a job getting in
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    (Original post by jjkkll)
    i just hope the people who use TSR are the best applicants, otherwise its gonna be one hell of a job getting in
    or we're just screwed............... !!
    i dont think i am though ... not
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    (Original post by Hyeree)
    or we're just screwed............... !!
    i dont think i am though ... not

    well compared to me your prety good and so is everyone else who's posted in this topic.
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    (Original post by jjkkll)
    well compared to me your prety good and so is everyone else who's posted in this topic.
    ... imo you're better off ;P but i guess that's up for discussion haha
    i just need to get started on studying for the UKCAT/BMAT... :/
    gah! i wish they would just let me in without anything ... wishful thinking :rolleyes:
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    Though I might as well give it a shot, even though I'm unsure about a lot of the stuff!

    Year of Entry
    2009 Entry
    1st Institution
    Oxford University
    2nd Institution
    Imperial College London
    3rd Institution
    Possibly Newcastle
    4th Institution
    Unsure
    5th Choice - Chemistry
    Durham/Manchester
    GCSE Reults
    6.5 A*'s 3A's 1C
    Work Experience/Voluntary
    1 Week work experience at Nottingham Hospital
    Long Term Volunteering commitment at Loughborough Hospital (~4 months when I apply)
    1 Day shadowing a GP
    1/2 weeks work experience in a GP surgery, learning how it works
    Any other comments
    I'm very nervous about my application. I don't think I have enough work experience to get in really.
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    (Original post by jonnyofengland)
    Though I might as well give it a shot, even though I'm unsure about a lot of the stuff!

    Year of Entry
    2009 Entry
    1st Institution
    Oxford University
    2nd Institution
    Imperial College London
    3rd Institution
    Possibly Newcastle
    4th Institution
    Unsure
    5th Choice - Chemistry
    Durham/Manchester
    GCSE Reults
    6.5 A*'s 3A's 1C
    Work Experience/Voluntary
    1 Week work experience at Nottingham Hospital
    Long Term Volunteering commitment at Loughborough Hospital (~4 months when I apply)
    1 Day shadowing a GP
    1/2 weeks work experience in a GP surgery, learning how it works
    Any other comments
    I'm very nervous about my application. I don't think I have enough work experience to get in really.
    sorry unless my eyes decive me, you have a longterm commitment within the health service.

    also what have you learnt so far?
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    (Original post by jjkkll)
    sorry unless my eyes decive me, you have a longterm commitment within the health service.

    also what have you learnt so far?
    Well, I have a long term commitment, but compared to other people it's not very good at all. People do far more valuable and worthwhile things than me, and lots of them. I know it's what you've learnt, not the quantity, but I am just not that confident in what I've done being enough.

    Still, at least I have a week in a hospital next week!
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    (Original post by jonnyofengland)
    Well, I have a long term commitment, but compared to other people it's not very good at all. People do far more valuable and worthwhile things than me, and lots of them. I know it's what you've learnt, not the quantity, but I am just not that confident in what I've done being enough.

    Still, at least I have a week in a hospital next week!

    so what were you doing at Loughborough Hopital then?
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    (Original post by jjkkll)
    so what were you doing at Loughborough Hopital then?
    Not much useful stuff really. Talking to patients, serving them hot drinks, helping them with menu choices, etc.

    It's more of a long term rehab clinic for recovering people than a bustling hospital, which is why I tried to get some at a more active hospital. If only I could get a bit of shadowing work on a specialist, I would be a bit more happier.
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    (Original post by jonnyofengland)
    Not much useful stuff really. Talking to patients, serving them hot drinks, helping them with menu choices, etc.

    It's more of a long term rehab clinic for recovering people than a bustling hospital, which is why I tried to get some at a more active hospital. If only I could get a bit of shadowing work on a specialist, I would be a bit more happier.
    im on a rehab ward, dont you like, shadow nurses and physiotherapists and go on rounds with the doctors?? that kind of stuff??
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    (Original post by jjkkll)
    im on a rehab ward, dont you like, shadow nurses and physiotherapists and go on rounds with the doctors?? that kind of stuff??
    Nope. There's not many doctors at all that visit the ward really. That's why I'm worried, because I don't think my volunteering will count for much.
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    (Original post by jonnyofengland)
    Not much useful stuff really. Talking to patients, serving them hot drinks, helping them with menu choices, etc.

    It's more of a long term rehab clinic for recovering people than a bustling hospital, which is why I tried to get some at a more active hospital. If only I could get a bit of shadowing work on a specialist, I would be a bit more happier.
    that's still good though, the unis dont necessarily require the work experience to be at a hospital, just as long as it is in a caring environment. and that's definitely a caring environment...
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    (Original post by jonnyofengland)
    Nope. There's not many doctors at all that visit the ward really. That's why I'm worried, because I don't think my volunteering will count for much.
    But at the end of the day, you're working in the hospital environment and interacting with the people within it. That will count for a lot.

    Does anyone else volunteer at a nursing home? It's such a heart-rendering experience and gets you involved with how to deal with people who suffer the consequences of strokes, dementia...etc. If you've got your CRB done for other hospital work experience you can start at your local nursing home within one week's time.
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    Well thanks for the support guys. I think it's just because it's so competitive I keep thinking that there will always be people better than me, and that I don't really have a shot.

    But so long as I work really hard on my PS, BMAT and UKCAT (although it's debatable how much you can really work on that), I think I might have a shot.
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    (Original post by !MEna)
    But at the end of the day, you're working in the hospital environment and interacting with the people within it. That will count for a lot.

    Does anyone else volunteer at a nursing home? It's such a heart-rendering experience and gets you involved with how to deal with people who suffer the consequences of strokes, dementia...etc. If you've got your CRB done for other hospital work experience you can start at your local nursing home within one week's time.

    is there much point in for example me geting voluntray in a nursing home as on the ward im on i deal with patients who have had strokes, parkinson, chronic confusion, dementia, alzhimers ect......
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    yes i volunteer in a nursing home, have done for 9 months and i agree that it is a very good thing to do and relatively easy to get into.

    One thing i have noticed is that people on here seem to think you need vast amounts of different workk experience. i was lead to believe through admissions advice and my school that it is not the quantity you do but what you learn from them. For example some people apply with 20 different weeks of experience and list them all but if you don't learn from them you still don't get in. 2-3 solid work experience placements can be anough to get you a place.
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    (Original post by jjkkll)
    is there much point in for example me geting voluntray in a nursing home as on the ward im on i deal with patients who have had strokes, parkinson, chronic confusion, dementia, alzhimers ect......
    We're dealing with the exact same cases so the location really wouldn't matter at all. It's probably even better to deal with that in a hospital on wards than in a nursing home I'd assume.
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    Why would it be better to deal with that in a hospital than a nursing home. Like you just said, the cases are the same. Many of those patients in the hospital are just waiting for a place at a nursing home to open up (which is a nicer place for them as the staffing levels tend to be better and they're better organised with day rooms, a dining room, an outside court yard area etc. Much nicer than a hospital).
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    (Original post by Little Pedro's Alter Ego)
    Why would it be better to deal with that in a hospital than a nursing home. Like you just said, the cases are the same. Many of those patients in the hospital are just waiting for a place at a nursing home to open up (which is a nicer place for them as the staffing levels tend to be better and they're better organised with day rooms, a dining room, an outside court yard area etc. Much nicer than a hospital).
    I think I'd rather be in a hospital than the nursing home I volunteer at. The way they are treated there is awful. They are really understaffed (not including me 2 staff to around 15 people and the staff that are there just tend to humiliate the residents when they wet themselves or whatever and otherwise just completely ignore them. A lot of them there are confused but the staff don't seem to realise that they do know when they are being laughed at and I've had to cope with a couple of them crying later on in the lounge because they feel so stupid not being able to eat properly after a stroke or something when they just can't help it. It's sad to see
 
 
 

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