The Unofficial Guide to Medicine Blog
News, updates and details of events & competitions from The UGTM team
News & Articles
How to Write the Perfect Medical Personal Statement
Medical school applications in the UK are multifactorial, and for good reason! The various aspects of the application allow admissions teams to get a more holistic glimpse into you, as a candidate. One of the ways in which to truly showcase yourself as a strong...
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE UCAT
The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) is an admissions test for would-be UK healthcare professionals that forms a part of the multi-factorial admissions process. It is a computer-based test that, as the name suggests, assesses various aptitudes to mimic a...
Getting Medical Work Experience during COVID-19 Pandemic
Assuming you have passed your GCSEs and A levels with flying colours, you’re probably eagerly waiting to be enrolled in a medicine degree. Then you came across something called ‘work experience’ during your applications. Now you’re left wondering how relevant this is...
Top Tips for Medical School Interviews
COVID-19 has exacted a global acceptance of the virtual workspace. Medical schools have taken this shift to produce novel experiences from online work experience for prospective medics to digital tutorials for students. Similarly, the admissions process has been...
Top Tips for Clinical Placements
This year, keeping in theme with the rest of 2020, clinical placements will be a little unusual. With different medical schools setting individual rules for the return to the clinical environment in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, students may find themselves...
Imposter Syndrome – Asset or Assailant?
In my first year of university, I found myself asking when medicine would become who I was instead of what I did. I wanted to be the kind of doctor who was so connected to their work that it became a part of them.
Events & Competitions
Outstanding Achievement in Medical Education Award: Winner – Ricky Ellis
Throughout my medical career I have strived to support others in achieving their full potential. I believe that everyone should have access to good education, supportive mentors and affordable resources.
Outstanding Achievement in Medicial Education Award: Runner Up: Setthasorn Zhi Yang Ooi
Sett is a 3rd year medical student at Cardiff University. He has a keen interest in surgery, clinical neuroscience and medical education, and he is deeply passionate about education equity for international students and underprivileged students.
Outstanding Achievement in Medical Education Award: Runner Up – George W X Barker
During his seven years at UCL Medical School, George has enjoyed contributing time to a variety of educational projects. In April 2021, he was named as the national LGBT+ Undergraduate of the Year.
Outstanding Achievement in Medical Education Award: Highly Commended – Ashwin Venkatesh
As an undergraduate, Ashwin Venkatesh became embedded as a researcher within Polygeia, a Student-led Global Health Thinktank, which prompted him to recognise prevalent public health issues and strive towards equity in access and opportunity for quality healthcare and education.
Outstanding Achievement in Medical Education Award: Highly Commended – Mohammed Ehsaanuz Zaman
My greatest contribution to the field of medical education has been founding an online learning hub in partnership with Becoming a Dr (BAD), a volunteer-led organisation supporting aspiring and current medical students. We have created 75 online tutorials with a global reach of over 90,000, and students tuning in from 6 continents.
Zeshan Qureshi Award for Outstanding Achievement in Medical Education Winner: Dillon Vyas
We would like to offer a huge congratulations to Dillon Vyas, the winner of the Zeshan Qureshi Award for Outstanding Achievement in Medical Education 2019.