Fuelled by our constant passion to help others get into medicine, we have set up a vast network of the most knowledgeable and most experienced people of them all: over 600 successful medical students from all medical schools within the UK.
This book is the result of over 300 surveys and focus groups among successful medical students. We haven’t forgotten your views! The Unofficial Guide to Getting into Medical School is the first book of its kind involving current medical school applicants in developing its content. With your help, we have managed to understand what you want to see less often, and what to understand more of. This book is a project based on YOUR real needs, on the most commonly encountered uncertainties, and difficulties as emphasised by YOU, the applicant.
For years now, we’ve been helping applicants like you to successfully secure a place at medical school. This book will serve as a map, guiding you through every single step of the application process. Make this book your friend, your fellow companion through the tough, stormy days of the medical school process.
This book is aimed at medical school applicants, covering core steps of the application process, as well as tips and tricks from successful applicants, medical students, doctors, and academics. Uniquely, this comprehensive guide is the product of a large network of 600+ medical students and junior doctors who have teamed up to help you succeed.
Bogdan Chiva Giurca
Medical Student, University of Exeter Medical School. Founder: NHS England National Social Prescribing Student Champion Scheme
For years now we’ve been helping applicants like you to successfully secure a place at medical school. Most of them are now part of our growing team. You, too, can be part of our team and give something back to those who will be in the same situation such as yourself, so do get in touch!
This is the first book of its kind that actually involved current medical school applicants in developing its content. With your help, we have come to understand what you want to see less, and what you want to see more of.
“Every entry process has its hoops and processes and ‘The Unofficial Guide to Getting into Medical School‘ is designed to help you navigate these and demonstrate why you are special and why you should be offered a medical school place. It is written by a distinguished group of medical students, who have based their book on numerous surveys, discussions, and personal experience. This innovative book represents the definitive guide for anyone wanting to maximize their chances of becoming a doctor. As you go through the application process use this book as a guide through the toughest storms until you finally succeed. Endurance lies behind the success of every great doctor and this book will help you to reach that starting point of the best career ever.”
Professor Michael Dixon
LVO OBE FRCGP
Chair of the College of Medicine. Social Prescription Champion NHS England.
Visiting Professor University College London.
Chapter 1. Introduction: Setting up the Scene
Chapter 2. Medicine: Past, Present, and Future
Chapter 3. UK Medical Practice and Career Progression
Chapter 4. The Different Roles of a Doctor
Chapter 5. Medical Ethics and Law
Chapter 6. Work Experience: Getting Involved
Chapter 7: Mastering Entrance Exams: The UKCAT and BMAT
Chapter 8. Dissecting the Perfect Medical School Personal Statement
Chapter 9. Acing the Medical School Interview
Chapter 10. A Guide for Non-Traditional Applicants
Bonus Chapter. Geeky Corner