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(Original post by turquoisedaisy)
ecolier do you have any "personal" recommendations for books which are related to NHS life/medicine as a whole? From some articles I've read, interviews tend to base the medicine interview around your further readings sometimes... So in this respect, could you perhaps drop a few titles? Thanks!
Read https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6491274 for recommended books.

I personally would recommend the man who mistook his wife for a hat or phantoms in the brain but they are not NHS life, more about interest in neurology / neuroscience.

As an interviewer, I wouldn't ask unless a candidate keeps bringing a book up. I have also not recently seen a question stating "tell me about a book on medicine that you read recently" (it did come up a few years ago).
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Is there any point to spending money on the services they offer? Or can the "advice" they give just be found online with some researching?
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Mmm I wonder the same thing.
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I'm a 2nd year medic.

Will gladly mentor anyone for free

Services like that should be a given
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Every med school has some sort of peer support for free
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Every med school has some sort of peer support for free
I thought they were talking about mentoring through the whole application process...oops
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I thought they were talking about mentoring through the whole application process...oops
hahah you could be right. in that case idk. depends what level of support your school gives. I was lucky enough to go to a school where they were super familiar with the medicine application and could support me. idk what i'd do if i didnt have that
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hahah you could be right. in that case idk. depends what level of support your school gives. I was lucky enough to go to a school where they were super familiar with the medicine application and could support me. idk what i'd do if i didnt have that
Yeah same! Thats why I just offer it to people for free because I never had to pay so why should anyone else.
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I'm a 2nd year medic.

Will gladly mentor anyone for free

Services like that should be a given
I hope you don't mind if I ask you a few questions...
can you tell me when you applied for your work experience? I'm currently in year 11, going into year 12 and I'm a bit worried whether I'll find placements for next year given so many people are applying now. And also, how is medic life generally?
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Hi, guys do think that applying to Medicine for the 2022 entry going to change or is it going to be affected by the pandemic?
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Hi, guys do think that applying to Medicine for the 2022 entry going to change or is it going to be affected by the pandemic?
Well, that is a very speculative question.

It depends on whether there will be a second wave and (the chances are there will be) how it will affect the hospitals and schools.

Currently at my med school and NHS trust, all work experience has been suspended until at least January 2021 so yes some work experience will be impacted.
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(Original post by turquoisedaisy)
I hope you don't mind if I ask you a few questions...
can you tell me when you applied for your work experience? I'm currently in year 11, going into year 12 and I'm a bit worried whether I'll find placements for next year given so many people are applying now. And also, how is medic life generally?
I think there's some places like Brighton Medical School offering work experience. I applied for work experience in the November of year 12 for the experience to commence in July of year 12. I also did work experience with family members because I am lucky enough to come from a family of doctors so I did a week of work experience in a hospital with them. I would say look at the hospitals application timelines to ensure you are applying at the right time as a lot of deadlines are in the winter of year 12. Don't be worried as everyone is in the same position. If this was me applying for medical school, I know that at a time like this my family wouldn't have wanted me doing work experience with them. Also for a lot of uni's work experience isn't compulsory so don't worry Medic life is very difficult, the workload is intense but just balance it well and you'll be alright. Obviously that's how I feel for my uni but many people would have had different experiences to me.
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Is there any point to spending money on the services they offer? Or can the "advice" they give just be found online with some researching?
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Mmm I wonder the same thing.
No need, plenty of med students and doctors here on TSR who will be very happy to help.

Feel free to ask us any questions!
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Is there any point to spending money on the services they offer? Or can the "advice" they give just be found online with some researching?
As said, there are loads of people on TSR who are happy to offer advice for free and it’s not that hard to look up.

I can understand why they might be useful for people at schools that aren’t providing any support, if you really want 1 to 1 in person support, or to take advantage of the essay competitions/scholarships/leadership opportunities they offer, which I do wish I’d heard of before applying just because they sound quite interesting (some of which I believe are free anyway). But completely not necessary, and you shouldn’t need to pay anyone to get into med school.
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Would one be able to do the ucat this year (October time) and use that score for next year's application? - the reason they'd use it next year is because they choose to do the 2021 exam for the subject that was not an A (instead of autumn time).
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Would one be able to do the ucat this year (October time) and use that score for next year's application?...
No, the UCAT is only valid for one cycle. i.e. you take it in 2020, apply in October 2020 for 2021 entry or 2022 deferred entry but you have to have applied by October 2020.

If you wanted to apply in October 2021, you'll have to take the UCAT in Summer 2021.
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No, the UCAT is only valid for one cycle. i.e. you take it in 2020, apply in October 2020 for 2021 entry or 2022 deferred entry but you have to have applied by October 2020.

If you wanted to apply in October 2021, you'll have to take the UCAT in Summer 2021.
Okay.
(this is for 2021) So a person does the summer exam for the subject they need an A in. Gets the grade in August - results day. Does the UCAT
(final UCAT sitting is beginning of October)
Applies for med (deadline sometime middle of October, forgotten lol).
Interviews etc.
Done?
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Okay.
(this is for 2021) So a person does the summer exam for the subject they need an A in. Gets the grade in August - results day. Does the UCAT
(final UCAT sitting is beginning of October)
Applies for med (deadline sometime middle of October, forgotten lol).
Interviews etc.
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You are making this sound so complicated :lol:

You take the exams in June 2021, get the results by August 2021, do UCAT in October 2021 and apply by 15th October 2021 6pm for 2022/23 entry?
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You are making this sound so complicated :lol:

You take the exams in June 2021, get the results by August 2021, do UCAT in October 2021 and apply by 15th October 2021 6pm for 2022/23 entry?
Complicated?
That's exactly what I said but okay. Thanks anyways
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Complicated?
That's exactly what I said but okay. Thanks anyways
Yes, you have to take the UCAT in 2021, for 2022 entry. You can't take it this year.
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