Medicine vs Clinical scientist advice please. URGENT AS RESULTS DAY IS COMING SOON!

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Hello, recently I've been unsure about what I want to do in my life. I initially wanted to do medicine, but I started to have some last minute doubts and decided to go for biomed instead. Upon looking at careers I realised that I could become a (consultant) clinical scientist, and my preferred specialisations would be either audiology, cardiac or physiological sciences though the STP and then go into the HSSP.

Upon reading some posts on here I discovered the PTP, but the problem is that I'm not interested in becoming a biomedical scientist. I want to do biomedical science to have the option to potentially do medicine or go into the STP and specialise in one of the specialisations mentioned above.

My question is, upon reading my post what would be the best option for me, and is the route I'm trying to go by wrong. Is there an easier way to become a clinical scientist and will it come at the cost of not being able to potentially do medicine if I change my mind. I have offers to do biomed at St George's and QMUL, which both have programs to make getting into graduate medicine easier. Thank you very much.
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I've moved this into healthcare as it sounds like a Biomedical Scientist would be best placed to help you with this?
Democracy is a doctor who previously studied biomed who may be able to advise too.
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(Original post by LoudScientist)
Hello, recently I've been unsure about what I want to do in my life. I initially wanted to do medicine, but I started to have some last minute doubts and decided to go for biomed instead. Upon looking at careers I realised that I could become a (consultant) clinical scientist, and my preferred specialisations would be either audiology, cardiac or physiological sciences though the STP and then go into the HSSP.

Upon reading some posts on here I discovered the PTP, but the problem is that I'm not interested in becoming a biomedical scientist. I want to do biomedical science to have the option to potentially do medicine or go into the STP and specialise in one of the specialisations mentioned above.

My question is, upon reading my post what would be the best option for me, and is the route I'm trying to go by wrong. Is there an easier way to become a clinical scientist and will it come at the cost of not being able to potentially do medicine if I change my mind. I have offers to do biomed at St George's and QMUL, which both have programs to make getting into graduate medicine easier. Thank you very much.
Hey!

I find myself in a very similar situation to you and have been looking at what to do!

In my personal opinion, as your doing biomed, that’s a great starting point to apply to several disciplines within the STP. Does either course have any options to specialise in a specific area? I just finished my degree and we were able to choose specific modules that we were most interested in and I chose cardiac science as I was keen to get into the STP and doing cardiac physiology. You could look at what interest you before deciding which route to take.

If I could give you any advice it would be to try and get some work experience in an area your most likely to choose within the STP or even if you were to study medicine, anything patient based or healthcare related really helps. You can only choose one specialism when applying to the STP, so try and see what it is your interested in during your next three years at uni! Hands-on hospital experience as a healthcare assistant is great and the fact you will have lots of lab experience will boost your application! Just try and get experience!

There is no harm in final year of uni to apply to medicine in the October and then apply to the STP in the January, that way you have two options of places to go and would probably find out about your choices around the same time. Don’t put yourself off medicine if it’s something you really want to do though, in hindsight it’s one extra year than the STP but of course you don’t get paid. Medicine is very varied and not one specialism so that might be more useful if your stuck on what direction to go in.

If you do go for medicine, make sure you practice the GAMSAT or UCAT to boost your chances of getting a good score. Two of my friends started revising for theirs in second year and got very good scores. I decided to leave mine until two months before and we’ll, let’s just say mine was no way near theirs.

You have a lot of options you can take, don’t feel lost just enjoy your first year and start deciding on your next steps when you go back in second year. Just don’t leave it all until your last year! Take advantage of all the things the careers teams at your uni has to offer and get involved with as much as you can.

Good luck!!!
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Hey!

I find myself in a very similar situation to you and have been looking at what to do!

In my personal opinion, as your doing biomed, that’s a great starting point to apply to several disciplines within the STP. Does either course have any options to specialise in a specific area? I just finished my degree and we were able to choose specific modules that we were most interested in and I chose cardiac science as I was keen to get into the STP and doing cardiac physiology. You could look at what interest you before deciding which route to take.

If I could give you any advice it would be to try and get some work experience in an area your most likely to choose within the STP or even if you were to study medicine, anything patient based or healthcare related really helps. You can only choose one specialism when applying to the STP, so try and see what it is your interested in during your next three years at uni! Hands-on hospital experience as a healthcare assistant is great and the fact you will have lots of lab experience will boost your application! Just try and get experience!

There is no harm in final year of uni to apply to medicine in the October and then apply to the STP in the January, that way you have two options of places to go and would probably find out about your choices around the same time. Don’t put yourself off medicine if it’s something you really want to do though, in hindsight it’s one extra year than the STP but of course you don’t get paid. Medicine is very varied and not one specialism so that might be more useful if your stuck on what direction to go in.

If you do go for medicine, make sure you practice the GAMSAT or UCAT to boost your chances of getting a good score. Two of my friends started revising for theirs in second year and got very good scores. I decided to leave mine until two months before and we’ll, let’s just say mine was no way near theirs.

You have a lot of options you can take, don’t feel lost just enjoy your first year and start deciding on your next steps when you go back in second year. Just don’t leave it all until your last year! Take advantage of all the things the careers teams at your uni has to offer and get involved with as much as you can.

Good luck!!!
This was such a good response, I’m really grateful for your reply! And I didn’t know that you could apply to both medicine and the STP, as I was under the impression that you could only do one. I’m doing Biomedical Science at QMUL and there seems to be a lot to chose from in the third year. So as you suggested, I’ll just relax a bit and do my best in the first year and think about these things again in the second year when I know more about Biomed so I’ll be able to make a more informed decisions. Thank you very much.
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Aww I’m so glad I could be of help!
Best of luck to you
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