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Starting Medical School – Looking Ahead to Your First Year

Looking ahead to starting medical school? You’ve come to the right place!

This section will give you an insight into what you can expect in your first year.

Not sure how to prepare? Looking to hear from medical students? Maybe you’re wondering how you will adapt to Problem-Based Learning (PBL).

Whatever it is, we’ve got everything you need.


How Can I Prepare For Medical School?

Over the summer break after A-Levels, many students wonder how they can prepare for starting medical school.

You may have preconceptions of what studying Medicine is like. Perhaps you’ve got concerns about what PBL will involve, or what your seminars might entail.

It’s all very normal!

In the video below, Toyin, a medical student at Aberdeen, shares her top preparation tips for studying Medicine in your first year – and dispels some common worries…



What Is Studying At Medical School Like?

You probably know the fundamentals about what studying Medicine involves.

However, that doesn’t mean you’re not wondering what studying Medicine is really like!

Here’s the good news…

We have lots of case studies from medical students. So, you can hear directly from them about their experiences at medical school.

Try these insights from Katherine, Nicholas and Jasmine:


How Does Studying Medicine Differ From A-Levels?

A common worry among students starting medical school is how the workload will differ – and how to adapt to a new pace of learning.

You’ll cover many topics at a much faster pace, and in much more detail than at A-Level. You’ll also be expected to work independently. So, you’ll need to be self-motivated in your study and revision.

The key thing to remember is that it’s normal to find it difficult to adjust at first. Everybody else will be feeling the same pressures.

Secondly, you were made an offer because your admissions tutors had faith that you had the skills, attributes and dedication needed for medical school. Don’t forget that!

The overwhelming likelihood is that you’ll soon adapt to a new learning style. So try not to worry too much about it in advance.

With that said, you might still find it useful to read the of these great blogs on managing your workload, studying Medicine and what to expect at university:


What Will My Timetable Look Like?

Each medical school will differ in the structure of the course. For example, some may have a combination of PBL sessions, tutorials and lectures.

You can usually find a rough idea of what your timetable will be like on the medical school’s website.

You might also find it useful to read the following first-year case studies, specifically on med school schedules:


But What If I’m Finding It Really Difficult?

Everybody finds medical school challenging at first. It can be difficult to live away from home, in a new city, with an enormous-looking syllabus to tackle.

But you’re not alone.

If you’re struggling with your course, workload, or simply being away from family or friends, speak to your personal adviser, on-campus GP, or friends on your course.

They will all be more than happy to help you and make you feel more comfortable settling in.

You might also find it useful to read the following blogs:


What Happens After Medical School?

Now you’re really looking ahead!

After you finish medical school, it’s time to begin your career as a junior doctor.

Foundation training is the first step along the postgraduate training pathway, and will last for two years.


More Tips On Life At Med School:

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