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  • #17510

    James GenMedX
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    @JamesGenMedX

    Hey everyone

    We’ve got a dedicated space for anyone wanting advice or support over Exam Results Season

    >> Find the IB, SQA and A Level Results Day 2019 forum here <<

    Like I said that’s the place to talk about how you’ve done and to post questions. We’re linking to lots of useful support there and our *much requested* Official Medicine in Clearing 2019 guide will be going live there before midnight tonight!

    Be sure to also check out our Exam Results 2019 Resource Centre for all of our Results Day support: *click here to be magically transported there*

    Good luck from myself and the whole team at Generation Medics — and remember, there are multiple paths to the same destination 😉

  • #16463

    William Cando
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    @William.aac

    Hi,

    I am currently a pre-GCSE student interested in studying medicine.Does anyone know how I could gain experience within the medical field?

  • #15979

    Sajida
    Participant
    @s.rahman_xoxo

    Hi,

    I would like to study medicine at Oxford, and I know it is tough to get in, but I don’t want to leave it all to the last minute. I still haven’t taken my GCSEs yet. Has anyone achieved getting into Oxford medicine & do any of you have any helpful tips?

    • #16457

      Ella GenMedX
      Participant
      @EllaGenMedX

      Hello Sajida!

      It’s amazing to hear that you are thinking about studying medicine, even at this early stage. It puts you in a great position! I go to Cambridge and, though I don’t study medicine, I have lots of friends who do. Their advice to you (at this stage) would probably be:

      • Try to get volunteering experience and work experience which you can use to demonstrate your suitability for the course. The earlier you try to get this, the better. Try volunteering at hospices and care-homes, and try to get work experience at hospitals, GP surgeries etc.
      • Pick the right subjects for A level/IB. Doing Chemistry and Biology puts you in a very good position.
      • Over the next few years, try to go above and beyond the normal work you are asked to do at school. Follow your interests; if you learnt something cool about the respiratory system, follow it up by going to the library and trying to learn more.
      • Go to an open day at an Oxford college, they will give you a really good insight into life there!

      Best wishes,

      Ella

  • #15929

    Raf
    Participant
    @Raf12

    Hi my names Raf and I would like to be a nurse.

    I’ve heard lots of negative things about being a nurse though and I was wondering if theres any nurses out there who could give me advice on whether they enjoy what they are doing. and whether the hours really are crazy long

    thanks

    • #16456

      Ella GenMedX
      Participant
      @EllaGenMedX

      Hey Raf! It’s great to hear that you would like to become a nurse. Although I can’t talk from personal experience, I know a few nurses who absolutely love their jobs, and find their work extremely rewarding.  The hours can be long though, and it can be demanding work! Have you thought about getting work experience shadowing nurses or volunteering in a hospital/care home, in order to get a better sense of what nursing is like?

      Best wishes,

      Ella

  • #15826

    Ellie
    Participant
    @EllieBrown

    Hey,

     

    My name is Ellie and I have an offer to study natural sciences from the University of Cambridge.

    Obviously I was super happy to find out I had an offer there, but now I am having a bit of a crisis. I’ve decided that actually I want to study medicine, and I don’t know if it’s possible to switch over? Will I have to reapply? I still really want to go to Cambridge and I fell in love with the place but now I know that I want to do medicine instead. Should I email Cambridge? Obviously I haven’t got my results yet but assuming I did get in, would they let me switch?

     

    Thank you so much

     

    Ellie

    • #16002

      Hanna
      Participant
      @hanna_

      Hi Ellie

      I don’t know if it’s possible but I know of a few Natural Sciences/Biological Sciences graduates who applied to study gem. If you know you want to do Medicine it might be worth waiting a year and reapplying. Quite a few friends here at Bristol who did that

      Good luck! xx

      • #16462

        Ellie
        Participant
        @EllieBrown

        Hey Hanna,

         

        Thanks for replying! Yeah I’m considering doing that, feels like a bit of a gamble though! How many of your friends did it and how was the experience for them? I wish I could just swap over rather than wait a year as I’m itching to go to university lol.

         

        Thank you!

         

        Ellie

  • #15818

    Layla
    Participant
    @LaylaL

    Hey everyone! My name is Layla and I’m 16 years old.

    I think I might want to study medicine when I’m older, but I’m not sure. I also really love art and English, and I don’t know if I want to study them at university instead. I wanted some advice on choosing A levels, as I would kind of like to cover both possibilities? I was thinking of doing Biology, Chemistry, Art and English Literature and I think I could be able to do 4 A levels (and my teachers think so too). But would these chooices put a medical school off me? Would I still be able to get into medical school even if I’m not doing Maths or another sciencey subject?

    Thank you!!

    • #16003

      Hanna
      Participant
      @hanna_

      Hi Layla

      Medicine is great!!! Art and English will show your future uni that you have wider interests. I have quite a few friends here at Bristol who did Music and are really into it

      The most important thing is to work out if it’s for you xx

    • #15988

      Ella GenMedX
      Participant
      @EllaGenMedX

      Hey Layla!

      It’s great to hear that you’re thinking about applying to medicine (and other courses too!)

      As you will soon be able to see in our ‘Entry Requirements for Medicine’ list, most universities need you to have Chemistry and/or Biology A levels in order to get into medicine. So, if you are seriously considering it, you’re right in wanting to do those subjects!

      Indeed, for medicine, most universities want you to have at least two sciences/Maths. You could then use your last A level choice to do something in the humanities, such as English Literature. It can be hard to do 4 A levels, and often doesn’t put you at an advantage, so think carefully about whether you feel able to manage that (though that is an option). Often, humanities courses (such as English Literature) have less stringent requirements when it comes to A level choices, and it is very possible to get into these courses with one humanities and two science subjects. So if you’re seriously considering both, that might be the way to go. You still have lots of time to decide, but it’s best to keep your options as open as possible!

      Best wishes,

       

      Ella

  • #15701

    Jodie
    Participant
    @jjchal

    Hi all! My name is Jodie, 23 year old and about to graduate with a biomedical science degree.

    Unfortunately, I’m being predicted a third class degree – which I know is not nearly enough to gain entry through the GEM route to medical school. So I am currently appealing to the school to retake my exams or the whole of my final year to achieve a 2:1.

    If I do manage to do this, I still really want to apply for med school. I am currently seeking full or part time work within the NHS as a HCA or admin assistant. As well as applying for GAMSAT and retaking exams, would applying for medical school GEM route for entry in 2021 a good idea? Am I kidding myself with the workload? I have the option on relying on my parents for financial support while I do this, but I would hate to be a hinderance and the lack of independence would suffocate me in the process.

     

    Any advice or guidance would be appreciated!

    • #15813

      Ella GenMedX
      Participant
      @EllaGenMedX

      Hey Jodie! Great to hear from you.

      You would have to have at least a 2.1 in order to apply for Graduate Entry Medicine. Well done for being active, and asking if you can retake some exams, I hope that goes well for you.

      It would probably be best to find work experience not as an admin assistant, but in a role which involves closer patient interaction in a clinical setting. So, volunteering in care home or hospice, or shadowing a GP or a consultant, would be better ways for demonstrating your suitability to be a doctor. Not all Graduate Entry Medicine courses require a specific amount of work experience, but some demand at least 70 hours of work experience in a hands-on environment, caring for people with healthcare needs.

      Whether you should apply for 2021 entry is really a question that only you can answer. You should feel able to apply for Graduate Entry Medicine when you meet the grade requirements, pass the admissions tests, meet other requirements (relating to work experience, most importantly) and feel able to demonstrate your commitment to pursuing medicine. Please see our ‘Ultimate Guide for Grad-Entry Medics’ for a more detailed discussion of Graduate Entry Medicine. Very best of luck, and please ask any more questions that you might have.

      Best wishes,

      Ella

  • #14671

    Elsie
    Participant
    @Elsie.A

    Hey everyone,

    What advice would you give for securing work experience in a hospital? Also are there any other alternatives as getting work experience as it is quite hard to specifically undergo one in a hospital.

    • #15259

      James GenMedX
      Participant
      @JamesGenMedX

      Hey Elsie

      I found it hard to get work experience too. There are other options and I think we have a blog about it coming out soon.

      When I couldn’t get work experience in a hospital, I got a part-time job and thought about the skills I could show with that instead. Eventually after contacting the hospital a lot they gave in! 🙂

      Good Luck!

      James

  • #13743

    Elsie
    Participant
    @Elsie.A

    Hey,

    I’m interested in psychiatry and currently hope to study medicine to become a child and adolescent psychiatrist. I’ve researched into this a bit but I want to know more about the steps you need to take to specialise in psychiatry and then further specialise

    Many thanks,

    Elsie

    • #14075

      James GenMedX
      Participant
      @JamesGenMedX

      Hey Elsie

      Really cool that you already know what you want to do! What year are you in?

      You’re absolutely right – so the first few steps to becoming a Psychiatrist are getting into uni to study Medicine – we have loads of information and help for you here: https://generationmedics.org.uk/how-to-become-a-doctor

      After you graduate from Medicine you’ll work as a foundation Doctor for two years after which you’ll be able to do some specialty training to become a Psychiatrist and then further training to further specialise

      James

  • #13522

    Kashef
    Participant
    @khussain

    Dear All,

     

    I was was wondering if you could please give me some advice on the following:

     

    • What important tips would you give someone going into a Medical interview?
    • What skills are required for medicine?
    • Does the university actually matter for a course like Medicine?
    • Do you think interviews and the medical procedure will become easier due to the increased medical school places?

     

    • #14199

      Nicola_GenMedX
      Participant
      @Nicola_GenMedX

      James that’s a superstar answer!

      Kashef my answer is short and sweet: The complete guide for aspiring doctors, is an ESSENTIAL read.

      It explains the steps of how to become a doctor and has links to the medical interview blog posts that James mentioned.

    • #13676

      James GenMedX
      Participant
      @JamesGenMedX

      Quite a few questions there Kashef but I’ll try to answer them

       

      • Lots of different skills are required for medicine and to be a doctor. Have a think about the skills you think the doctors you’ve met have required – I’m going to leave this one open for you and others to reply on because I think you can think of some 🙂

       

      • University courses for medicine matter quite a bit. You’re going to be at uni for a good length of time so it’s important that they’re teaching you in a way that you find interesting but also in a way that will help you learn because there’s a lot to learn! For example, if you know you’ll learn better or just enjoy meeting patients more, apply to unis that have patient interaction earlier on. Gives you something to discuss at interview too when they ask you why you picked them

       

      • Although I bet lots of people would love that, medical interviews probably won’t become easier because there are so many people applying to medicine that the number of new places still won’t allow everyone who applies to get a place.

      Happy to help Kashef so hit us up with more questions and good luck with interview prep 🙂

  • #13354

    Chris
    Participant
    @chris18

    A question for doctors and medical students: How did you know what kind of doctor you want to be?

    • #14197

      Nicola_GenMedX
      Participant
      @Nicola_GenMedX

      Hi Chris!

      Good question.

      Some people think you need to know what type of doctor you want to be before you apply to medical school. But at med school you end up doing placements in so many specialties. You’ll end up enjoying things you’d never have considered before.

      You don’t formally start specialty training until 2 years after you’ve graduated as a doctor so there’s plenty of time to find the specialty that’s right for you. For some competitive specialties (e.g. surgery and radiology) med students get started in demonstrating their interest in the specialty early.

       

    • #13514

      Hanna
      Participant
      @hanna_

      I always felt like I needed to know before I got into medicine!

      Now I’m a med student and I meet foundation doctors who are still not 100% sure! You have so much time and tbh most people change their minds loads of times as you get experience in different areas

  • #11650

    LivMeeke
    Participant
    @LivMeeke

    Hi, I have just started year 12 and I was wondering what you would consider to be the best form of work experience to study medecine at university. I volunteer at a residential Home for the elderly and have been on work experience at my local hospital in the administrative department, which led to opportunities to meet with a consultant cardiothoracic surgeon (an area of particular interest to me) and to tour the research facility, exploring targeted radiotherapy on thyroid cancer cells. What further experience do you think is vital for a medical school application?

    Also, what are the best hobbies for prospective medically students? I am largely involved in music and a variety of orchestras; I also utilise the gym frequently as I know it’s important to lead a healthy lifestyle.

    • #11866

      James GenMedX
      Participant
      @JamesGenMedX

      Hey Olivia

      It sounds like you’re keeping busy! Are you enjoying it?

      There’s not really set work experience that you definitely need to have but as doctors and health professionals our patients are people from all walks of life so having experience that reflects that you understand that and can work with a wide range of people is often really beneficial

      When I’m on the student interview panels we meet lots of people who have done things for show and can’t really tell us much about them. You can get any experience really, you just need to be able to communicate what you did and understand why or how the experience you’ve had is relevant to your future and finally what you’ve learnt from it. That’s the golden triangle you should aim for from your experiences! It sounds like you haven’t had any experience with children as yet. That might be one you want to look into. I’d recommend doing it through our HWEP Project

      In terms of hobbies, there’s no ranking! It’s just good to show that you’re a person with interests outside of medicine because there is so much more to being a doctor! Your orchestras sound fantastic! Before I joined my Medical School I was in a local play and enjoyed acting.

      Hope that helps! We’re here when you need us
      James

  • #10663

    Kate2323
    Participant
    @Kate2323

    I’m waiting to get my AS-Level results on Thursday, but I’m really nervous. Has anyone got any tips for dealing with results day stress?

    • #10901

      Katherine GenMedX
      Participant
      @katherinegenmedx

      Hi Kate,

      Good luck with your results today!☺️🤞

      I hope you get the grades you were aiming for.

      We have an Alevel results day resource centre which has loads of information about wellbeing and dealing with results day stress.

      Here’s the link 👉 https://generationmedics.org.uk/a-level-results-day-2018/

  • #9270

    Kate2323
    Participant
    @Kate2323

    Hello

    I’m trying to decide if I should do nursing or occupational therapy as my degree subject. I heard about the changes to the NHS nursing bursary and i’m confused about the funding of Nursing degrees. Does anyone know if a nursing degree is still funded?

    • #9674

      Katherine GenMedX
      Participant
      @katherinegenmedx

      Hi Kate, great question!

      We understand how confusing University funding can be, so our team have spent hours collating the latest information. To find out all you need to know about Nursing Scholarships and Bursaries at every UK institution, head to our ‘Financial support for nurses and students‘ page

      Also, we have plenty of resources to help you make an informed decision about your future career and degree.

      1. For more information about life as an occupational therapist have a read of ‘Here’s what it’s like to be an Occupational Therapy student on placement‘or check out our youtube playlist to discover life as an Occupational Therapy student at universities across the UK

      2. For more information about becoming a nurse, check out our explore nursing page or check out our youtube playlist to discover life as a nursing student at universities across the UK.

      I hope this information is useful to you 🙂

      • #9680

        Kate2323
        Participant
        @Kate2323

        Aw thats amazing! Thanks! I’ll take a look at these over the weekend 🙂

  • #8416

    Furkan
    Participant
    @Furkan76

    Hi there,

    My name is Furkan and I aspire to study medicine. I had some free time so I was thinking about going over some UKCAT. I’m finding it difficult to do so – where and how should I start?

    Thanks.

    • #8584

      James GenMedX
      Participant
      @JamesGenMedX

      Hi Furkan,

      The 2018 UKCAT official guide is now available , it’s worth checking it out.

      This guide is written by our friends at The UKCAT consortium (they’re the people who run the actual UKCAT exam you’ll be sitting)

      Spoiler alert – it’s 88 pages long, so don’t expect a quick read!

      null  Good luck mate!

      When are you thinking of sitting your UKCAT? (I did mine over summer so that it was out of the way and didn’t have to think about it again)

      • #8702

        Hanna
        Participant
        @hanna_

        Hey guys

        James youre totally on point with this one… i have so many friends who paid to go onto expensive UKCAT courses and they ended up getting lower scores than me!!!!!! I spoke to some medical students at a Generation medics conference for AGES grilling them for details on how to do well and i took their advice to use the official free guide online that you linked then just practiced like crazy with the questions they gave. honestly that was enough!

        Best advice! 🙂 xxH

  • #8221

    Sanah Ahmed
    Participant
    @Sanah778

    Hi, I’m currently in year 12. What sort of grades is considered the minimum in our finals to apply to medicine in October and what type of revision did you find useful? I’ve been trying a lot of exam questions and notes but it doesn’t seem to work for my subjects like maths. Thanks

    • #8700

      Hanna
      Participant
      @hanna_

      Hey Sanah

      Each med school has it’s own requirments that can change each year but really you should be aiming to get A*’s and A’s at least but you need to check with the unis you want to study at! With new med schools and the increase in students i’ll be interested to see if they stay as tight with those grades next year tho/

      Generation medics usually share the requirments for every med school so its worth waiting for that to save you trying to get through to every med school which would take dayssss! I got it at their medical applicants conference in the summer of yr 12 and that helped me choose where to apply to (thanks guys!) 🙂

      With revision there’s soooo many different techniques to use and i swear every set of exams I find myself trying soemthing new! During Alevels i split my days in half spending 50% of the day revising then the other 50% doing past papers to try and see what i didn’t know. then the next day my morning would focus on what i’d got wrong the day before. I found Maths so hard but the past papers helped me and I even got my maths teacher to mark some of them and help me understand where I went wrong

      Good luck!!! xxH

  • #7755

    Rakeem U
    Participant
    @rakeemu5

    What enrichment activities would you suggest for a medical university applicant?

    • #7860

      Sarah GenMedX
      Moderator
      @SarahGenMedX

      Hey Rakeem!
      Good question, but a big question! So in terms of enrichment activities for medical applicants, there’s a huge range of things you could do to help strengthen your application and also make sure that Medicine is right for you.
      Because it’s just so competitive to get into Medicine, we’d recommend you make the most of any opportunities that present themselves to you 🙂 -they might not all be obviously connected, for example, babysitting, but you’d be surprised by how many useful skills and qualities you can demonstrate through it!
      – Some applicants opt for doing work experience and volunteer work in hospitals. However, spaces are often limited, so if you want to go down this route be prepared to put in the legwork!
      – Alternatively or in addition, you could take part in our Health Work Experience Project. The project will help you get experience of meeting patients, researching a condition and creating your own project and university admissions teams approve of it! We’re just adding the finishing touches and it’ll be ready for you to work through it over summer. If you’re interested here’s the link: https://generationmedics.org.uk/health-work-experience-project/
      – Other experiences you could look out for include taking part in clubs at school/college or in your local area e.g. Science Club, Cadets, etc, learning a second language and/or completing your Duke of Edinburgh – you’ll be able to demonstrate so much through those and many more experiences!
      – Getting hands-on clinical experience is extremely difficult because of the safety and practicality of it, in fact many uni students don’t get to complete any clinical skills until the later years of study so don’t worry that you can’t get it! We actually hold Clinical Skills Experience days throughout the year where you can try out some hands-on activities so if you wanted to then do keep an eye out for the next date to get some fun experience!

      I could go on and on but that’s more than plenty so I hope you find it useful Rakeem, just try to make the most of every opportunity and let us know how you get on ☺

  • #7238

    Emmy Ks
    Participant
    @Emmy21

    hey, I’m interested in doing BioMed and was wondering if it is necessary for me to have some work experience, and if yes – where would I start in getting the right work experience? thanks

    • #7845

      Blerina GenMedX
      Participant
      @blerinagenmedx

      Hello Emmy,

      Work experience is not a must if you want to study Biomedical Sciences, however getting some work experience can make your application look better and shows your dedication towards the subject! It will also give you an insight into your future career and that’s always a plus!

      Contacting a local hospital or even pharmacy and see if you can get some work experience there would be a good place to start. But there are plenty of different types of experience that can make you practice skills that are important for your degree. An interesting one is also our Health Work Experience Project, you can check that out during the summer when you’ll have plenty of time to do it and add it to your list of experiences!!

      If you have any other question, feel free to ask 🙂

  • #7225

    GenMedics
    Keymaster
    @GenMedics

    Welcome to the thread specifically for aspiring medical and healthcare professionals to ask questions to health students and professionals in the Generation Medics Community☺

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