Preparing for Graduate Medicine as a mature student AMA Watch
I started preparing for graduate entry medicine (GEM) about 14 months ago, after working as an ESL teacher abroad for several years. I have some interviews now, so whether or not I get in this year, I know that my preparation for the application was successful. Thinking back to September 2018 when I started preparing seriously, there are so many things that I wish I had known/considered/started preparing for earlier!
So I am making this thread to answer as best I can any questions relating to the GEM application as a mature student. Things like resitting A-levels, getting work experience, working and studying at the same time, preparing for the standardized tests, etc.
A bit about me:
My first degree was in a bioscience subject, but I then left the area and worked as an English teacher abroad for 6+ years.
I decided to spend a whole year preparing for UCAS, so nearly two years before starting the course.
I took the UCAT and BMAT.
I didn't get into Oxford, but I got interviews at Newcastle and KCL, waiting to hear back from Birmingham.
I'm really happy to answer any questions relating to what I did, but remember every profile is different for GEM students so I won't necessarily be able to give you certain answers for your situation!
Fire away =)
Or you could contribute to the many applicant threads that already exist.
You can chat to people here though: