Learning Medicine An Informal Guide to a Career in Medicine by Peter Richards, Simon Stockhill

By Peter Richards, Simon Stockhill

The definitive consultant to a profession in medication. This booklet can assist scholars to come to a decision no matter if a path in medication is the precise occupation direction for them. in addition to info on classes, colleges and making an software, scholars will discover what to anticipate from lifestyles as a clinical scholar and surgeon.

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The size of individuals’ debts at the end of their time at medical school can vary enormously, depending on personal circumstances, but it is now not uncommon for students to owe at least £10 000, and in many cases considerably more. For overseas students who do not qualify for student loans and who have to pay full tuition fees, most schools expect proof of the ability not only to pay the fees but also of resources to live on during their time at medical school. 38 CHOOSING A MEDICAL SCHOOL For mature students, particularly graduates, who may not qualify for the usual support from their local council, the Departments of Health for England and Wales now have a bursary scheme to support the last three years of training.

It is not sensible to enter every peripheral interest and pastime lest it appears, as indeed may be so, that many of these activities are superficial. It is also unwise for an applicant to enter any interest that he or she would be unable to discuss intelligently at interview. The applicant’s own account of interests and the confidential report (for which a whole page is available) sometimes bring to life the different sides of an applicant’s character. For example, one young man professed “a great interest in music” and confessed that he was “lead vocalist in a rowdy pop group” while his headmaster reported that he was “fairly quiet in lessons … science and medicine afford him good motivation … his choice of career suits him well.

Personal details The first section of the UCAS form presents the personal details of the applicant, including age on 30 September of the coming academic year. Many applicants give instead their current age and at a glance seem to fall below the minimum age for entry at some medical schools or to be so young that older applicants might reasonably be given priority over them. True, the date of birth is also requested, but the quickly scanning eye may not pick up the discrepancy. The list of schools attended by an applicant is often a useful guide to the educational opportunity received.

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