Covid-19 medicine gap year!Watch
Back in September 2019, when I was in year 13, I applied for Medicine. Sadly, this year I have been unsuccessful at obtaining a place.
Now I am contemplating whether to take a gap year and reapply for 2021 entry.
However, I would really appreciate any advice or words of encouragement on what activities I may be able to do this year to put towards my application. It is a funny one, considering we are in the midst of COVID-19.
I'm guessing usual activities such as travelling abroad to teach English, temp work, volunteering, etc may not be on the table or hard to achieve.
Is anyone in the same position and does anyone have any advice or words of wisdom during this very difficult time?
Typically on med gap years I understand most people do some volunteering, travel, and maybe some shadowing. This year it will definitely be more difficult but you could always try working as a HCA (real life NHS experience), and I know some schools are still looking for gap year students to help out with sports/lessons (as my school keeps emailing me about them!) It's worth having a look before writing stuff off as "not feasible due to COVID".
Good luck, taking a gap year for medicine means you're much more confident at interview, more mature, and have more to discuss, plus you've got experience with UCAT/BMAT - your chances will increase quite a bit I think