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I have a few questions about biomed vs medicine…

Can anyone currently doing biomed help with these?
So here’s a background, I’m in Year 12 and have thought previously about applying to medicine, however I am finding the application process overwhelming and also the prospect of being a doctor I worry I may find too stressful, but at the same time I don’t want to regret not choosing medicine.
My form tutor has suggested I do biomedical science instead.

Here are some questions I have about it though:

. Will a med personal statement work for biomed, and likewise the other way around?

. How ‘clinical’ or ‘case-based’ is biomed? Can it lead to a career analysing or diagnosing in hospital labs?

. Are any unis less competitive than others regarding graduate entry medicine?

Also, should I be doing the UCAT right now, or looking into biomed? I don’t want to regret not doing the UCAT
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Original post by kitty15
Can anyone currently doing biomed help with these?
So here’s a background, I’m in Year 12 and have thought previously about applying to medicine, however I am finding the application process overwhelming and also the prospect of being a doctor I worry I may find too stressful, but at the same time I don’t want to regret not choosing medicine.
My form tutor has suggested I do biomedical science instead.
Here are some questions I have about it though:
. Will a med personal statement work for biomed, and likewise the other way around?
. How ‘clinical’ or ‘case-based’ is biomed? Can it lead to a career analysing or diagnosing in hospital labs?
. Are any unis less competitive than others regarding graduate entry medicine?
Also, should I be doing the UCAT right now, or looking into biomed? I don’t want to regret not doing the UCAT


I applied for Medicine and Biomedical Science and I currently study BSc Medical Science at OBU. I’m currently unsure if I will continue to pursue Medicine after my undergraduate.

My personal statement had to be geared to both. I tried to discuss my enthusiasm for the broader basis of disease, diagnosis, and treatments instead of solely focusing on the idea of being patient facing and reiterating the desire to understand the “deeper” science behind why disease occurs, and how we spot and treat it. At the end of the day, that’s what anyone working in that field wants, to be able to cure/manage disease and help people. I kept my statement broad in a way, but while maintaining my desire to contribute to the larger industry of “Medicine”.

I’m not overly knowledgeable about the competitiveness of GEM despite looking into it for myself. I do know, however, that some medical schools will require students to have a medical based undergraduate degree like Biomedical Science but others simply require any graduate degree. Different medical schools will require different admissions tests too, be it UCAT (UKCAT), BMAT, GAMSAT or none at all (or their own set test).

I’ve sat the UCAT twice (2019 and 2021, I think); you do not need it if you are solely applying for biomedical sciences. It should be sat in the period in which you are actively applying for medical school (if I recall), and it can only be sat once per rotation/year (eg. If you take the test in July 2024 for September 2024 entry, you must not sit the test again in August 2024 but you CAN sit it again in July 2025 if that makes sense (dates are purely examples, but with more emphasis on the year)). If you sit it more than once over different years like I did, I think unis will only look at the one sat within the current period (the latest one essentially).

I hope this is at least a tiny bit helpful, and hopefully most of the information is correct - this is my understanding of things you outlined! Good luck, there’s so many avenues and careers to explore with Biological and Biomedical Sciences and Medicine! I’m sure you’ll do amazingly!

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