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I've heard that it helps to have a particular interest/speciality when going into the interview. I've decided on endocrinology and was wondering where I should start learning and reading up on different stuff. If you have good resources please share! Thank you
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Original post by Alvi_04
I've heard that it helps to have a particular interest/speciality when going into the interview. I've decided on endocrinology and was wondering where I should start learning and reading up on different stuff. If you have good resources please share! Thank you


I don't know where you have heard it from, but it does not help at all.

Do not pick a specialty prior to medical school.
What @itsbrainsurgery said. I think it's more likely to hurt your chances if you act as if you're already set on a specialty. Medicine is a very broad degree and you need demonstrate awareness of and appreciation for that. They aren't looking for any kind of specialist knowledge at this stage and if you try to shoehorn some into the interview it won't look impressive, it will just look as if you're avoiding the questions they're actually asking.
Hi there,
I think it's great to have a special interest- you are inevitably going to find some areas of medicine more interesting than others. Endocrinology is great, and you can start off with simple Youtube videos or blogs about it. However, as other commenters have mentioned, it's very important that you also emphasise your interest in the other specialities as a whole and not just endocrinology. Having a particular interest is completely fine, but the universities won't look favourably on someone who only wants to study one speciality.
I hope this helps! How did you settle on Endo? :smile:

John C
Y5 UEA Med Student
Medic Mind
Original post by Alvi_04
I've heard that it helps to have a particular interest/speciality when going into the interview. I've decided on endocrinology and was wondering where I should start learning and reading up on different stuff. If you have good resources please share! Thank you


This is bad advice. If you’re set on a particular specialty, it’s far more likely that your interviewers will roll their eyes at your naivety.
(edited 1 year ago)
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Original post by TheMedicOwl
What @itsbrainsurgery said. I think it's more likely to hurt your chances if you act as if you're already set on a specialty. Medicine is a very broad degree and you need demonstrate awareness of and appreciation for that. They aren't looking for any kind of specialist knowledge at this stage and if you try to shoehorn some into the interview it won't look impressive, it will just look as if you're avoiding the questions they're actually asking.


Alright thank you to everyone for telling me this, I definitely appreciate this haha
Reply 7
Original post by MedicMind
Hi there,
I think it's great to have a special interest- you are inevitably going to find some areas of medicine more interesting than others. Endocrinology is great, and you can start off with simple Youtube videos or blogs about it. However, as other commenters have mentioned, it's very important that you also emphasise your interest in the other specialities as a whole and not just endocrinology. Having a particular interest is completely fine, but the universities won't look favourably on someone who only wants to study one speciality.
I hope this helps! How did you settle on Endo? :smile:

John C
Y5 UEA Med Student
Medic Mind


Well, my family has a history of diabetes and learning about insulin and other hormones was quite interesting.

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