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Hi, I’m looking at different med schools, some of them offer optional Intercalation and some compulsory Intercalation, do you think it’s a waste of a year to go to a school that offers compulsory Intercalation when it’s not something I specifically want to do?

I’m looking at schools like UCL and Imperial, has anyone done Intercalation at these places they can tell me about as well?
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Hi, I’m looking at different med schools, some of them offer optional Intercalation and some compulsory Intercalation, do you think it’s a waste of a year to go to a school that offers compulsory Intercalation when it’s not something I specifically want to do?

I’m looking at schools like UCL and Imperial, has anyone done Intercalation at these places they can tell me about as well?
If you don't want to intercalate, then don't apply to med schools that force you to!

Intercalation has definite benefits though, and remember med school competition is high enough that getting any offer is an achievement in itself.

*Note: I didn't intercalate, and keep drumming on the fact that if you have the option to intercalate or not; and wanted to intercalate just for specialty application points - it's not worth it unless you are thinking of doing a super-competitive specialty. Obviously if you wanted to learn about something in more detail, then do it!
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Hi, I’m looking at different med schools, some of them offer optional Intercalation and some compulsory Intercalation, do you think it’s a waste of a year to go to a school that offers compulsory Intercalation when it’s not something I specifically want to do?

I’m looking at schools like UCL and Imperial, has anyone done Intercalation at these places they can tell me about as well?
I don't think it's a waste of a year. If you're otherwise really keen to go to UCL or Imperial I don't think intercalation should be a dealbreaker.
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If you don't want to intercalate, then don't apply to med schools that force you to!

Intercalation has definite benefits though, and remember med school competition is high enough that getting any offer is an achievement in itself.

*Note: I didn't intercalate, and keep drumming on the fact that if you have the option to intercalate or not; and wanted to intercalate just for specialty application points - it's not worth it unless you are thinking of doing a super-competitive specialty. Obviously if you wanted to learn about something in more detail, then do it!
Thank you,
I don’t feel particularly for or against Intercalation, it’s hard to know until I get there really I guess.
if I like the look of the school otherwise, should this put me off?
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Thank you,
I don’t feel particularly for or against Intercalation, it’s hard to know until I get there really I guess.
if I like the look of the school otherwise, should this put me off?
Not at all. As I said med schools are hard to get into, getting an offer from any would be an achievement.
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Not at all. As I said med schools are hard to get into, getting an offer from any would be an achievement.
Thank you
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Hi, I’m looking at different med schools, some of them offer optional Intercalation and some compulsory Intercalation, do you think it’s a waste of a year to go to a school that offers compulsory Intercalation when it’s not something I specifically want to do?

I’m looking at schools like UCL and Imperial, has anyone done Intercalation at these places they can tell me about as well?
I study (and intercalated last year) at Imperial. I'm biased, but I obviously think it's a good idea to intercalate. It's pretty good for things like networking if you get a good supervisor and otherwise, it's made me strongly consider a career in Academic Medicine too. I didn't think I'd enjoy research before but I really ended up enjoying it.
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Hi, I’m looking at different med schools, some of them offer optional Intercalation and some compulsory Intercalation, do you think it’s a waste of a year to go to a school that offers compulsory Intercalation when it’s not something I specifically want to do?

I’m looking at schools like UCL and Imperial, has anyone done Intercalation at these places they can tell me about as well?
My personal view is that I really enjoyed uni, the student lifestyle and not having responsibility. To be able to spend an extra year at uni (and intercalation was a very light year in terms of work where I was) was a huge positive! Whereas others are clearly really keen to start earning the £££, so for them intercalation is a big negative. Just depends.

Certainly it does help for speciality applications, as they stand. This may be more important in the future, with the relaxation of immigration rules meaning very experienced overseas doctors can compete with inexperienced UK applicants. Its hard to tell. I do think it is relatively significant positive though.

The experience with research arguably makes you a better doctor. That is the point of it, after all, and the NHS wouldn't pay your tuition otherwise. Hard to confirm or quantify though.
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I opted to intercalate - in a uni where there was competitive application and only a few students were able to do it. I really enjoyed mine - was definitely a slower paced year (and I did some extra things too that I couldn’t normally fit around placements, like evening language classes at uni). I picked a medical humanities area that I found interesting, and definitely acquired some skills eg dissertation writing, qualitative research etc. I didn’t do it for the FP points and think I’d have been a bit miserable if that had been my only motivation.
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At some unis, you get a BSc or BA after the third year of medical school. If the uni is good, what would job prospects be like, and in what field (if any)? This is assuming I have lost interest in persuing medicine as a career and want out
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At some unis, you get a BSc or BA after the third year of medical school. If the uni is good, what would job prospects be like, and in what field (if any)? This is assuming I have lost interest in persuing medicine as a career and want out
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The same as with any other undergraduate degree i.e. teaching, graduate schemes, postgraduate study/training etc. What did you think would be different?
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The same as with any other undergraduate degree i.e. teaching, graduate schemes, postgraduate study/training etc. What did you think would be different?
Oh thank you

I was told getting a BSc from a medicine course is different from what you would get if you did a science-based one, and therefore worse
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Oh thank you

I was told getting a BSc from a medicine course is different from what you would get if you did a science-based one, and therefore worse
It's an honours degree based on three years of higher education so I don't see why that would be true.
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