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3rd February 2022
Waiting for Med School offers can be a stressful time. The main thing to remind yourself is that worrying will not change the outcome – so you should try to distract yourself and avoid dwelling on it too much. Masumah, a Med student from Manchester University, has some dos and don’ts to help you out when you’re waiting for news after a Med School interview

Don’t keep checking online forums

It can be tempting to do this, as I know from first-hand experience. I probably spent whole days checking and refreshing The Student Room, but you should try to stop yourself! Remember that it won’t make you feel any better and it won’t change the outcome.

Forums like The Student Room can be helpful when you’re, for example, preparing for an interview. But once your interviews are done, make sure you don’t keep going online to compare yourself to other candidates, or to unnecessarily worry yourself when other people start receiving offers and rejections. 

When I was waiting for my Med School offers, one student announced that they had received an offer from a particular university as a joke. This sent everyone who had applied there into a huge panic, when in fact the university hadn’t even started giving out offers. You should always take things you read in online forums with a pinch of salt.

Don’t think negatively

It’s a waste of time and energy, and it won’t change anything. Just remind yourself that whatever is going to happen will happen, so it’s now simply a waiting game. If you do get an offer, it’ll be amazing. But if you don’t, there are still plenty of other options available to you – it won’t be the end of the world. It can be easy to get into a negative cycle of thinking and people often say that they feel “not good enough.”

Remember that you were invited to interview because the Med School believes that you’re an excellent candidate, based on your whole application.

Before one of my interviews, an admissions tutor told all of the applicants that everyone who’s been invited to interview actually deserves an offer and would get one in an ideal world. Unfortunately, there’s a cap on the number of students that each Med School can take on. This is the only reason why people get rejected at interview – not because they don’t deserve a place. 

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Don’t replay the interview in your head

Interviews are high-pressure situations, so no matter how well yours went, you’re unlikely to feel 100% happy with everything you said and did. Try to stay away from the trap of dwelling on it and thinking “I should have said x” or “I wish I’d answered x differently.”

The outcomes of interviews are unpredictable, and trust me when I say that you won’t be able to truly judge how good or bad your performance was. I got my first rejection from the Med School where I thought I’d had my best interview, and I was placed on the reserve list for a Med School where I thought the interview couldn’t have gone worse.

Do work on your A-Levels

When you were preparing for interviews, you might have fallen a little behind with your A-Level work, so now’s the time to catch up. It’s the only thing you really have control over at the moment! 

Remember that even if you do receive a Med School offer, you’ll still need to achieve those A-Level grades to get your place. The more prep you do now, the more likely you are to be happy on results day. 

Do check your emails regularly

Make sure you don’t do this obsessively, but check at least once a day. It’s a good idea to check your junk folder too, as I know students who have initially missed decisions from Med Schools in there. Whether it’s good news or bad news, you’ll want to find out as soon as you can.

The university might send you their decision directly via email, or update it on UCAS Track. If it’s done via UCAS Track, you should receive a notification about the change in status, so you’ll definitely be well covered if you keep an eye on your inbox. 

Do think about a possible plan B

Hopefully you won’t need it – but if ultimately you don’t receive any offers, it’s wise to be prepared. There are many different options available to you (for example, reapplying next year or doing a different degree and then applying for Graduate Entry Medicine) and it’s worth being aware of these options in advance, so you won’t feel completely lost if the time comes.

Having a back-up plan will also help to keep you a little calmer, because it should emphasise to you that getting no offers really isn’t the be all and end all.

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