I found the Medicine application process quite stressful, to be honest. I got my UCAT score before I applied and although it wasn’t awful, it limited which universities I could look at. I later got a great BMAT score but ended up only choosing one BMAT university rather than gambling before I sat the test.
I think my application was good: I had a strong Personal Statement, plenty of work experience and volunteering, as well as very high GCSE’s and predicted grades. But in the end, my UCAT score really brought it all down.
Getting no’s is disappointing; it feels like everyone else is getting offers straight away, while you’re waiting months for a rejection. It’s a waiting game but it can be painful when you have no inclining of whether or not you will even get an interview.
If I were to do the same again, I wouldn’t change my application. No one should be put off from applying to their dream Medical School out of worry of not getting in. It can be disheartening and stressful, so it’s important to plan other options, too.
Although I didn’t get an offer for Medicine, I was lucky enough to get an offer for biomedical science at St George’s University in London! This gave me the opportunity to think about other ways that I could still fulfil my desire to have a career in the medical field, like doing research or even applying for Graduate Medicine later on down the line.
The idea of reapplying again next year seemed less appealing. By taking a place on the biomedical science course, I have the option to pursue Medicine again later – but now I could also explore careers in research, hospital labs and more.
Biomedical science opens a range of doors I hadn’t even considered when I initially applied, some of which I think I would maybe even enjoy more.
At the moment, I think I will end up applying for Graduate Entry Medicine and hopefully I’ll be able to look at the transfer to Medicine that St George’s offer to their biomedical students.
I still want to work towards becoming a Doctor, even if it takes a slightly different route from what I originally planned.
However, I’m also keeping an open mind about alternative careers if I decided later that Medicine wasn’t what I wanted to do. This would likely involve further study in the biomedical field or even looking at what areas of research I could go into.
My tips for anyone applying to Medicine are:
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