August 31, 2010 by Emedica
Well, I didn’t get the opportunity to show my dedication and ambition last year as I did not receive interview offers. This time around, I intend on being smarter in my choices and far more successful (fingers crossed).
Leaving aside the time involved in doing practice questions for the UKCAT the amount of research I’ve been conducting lately on medical schools in UK is near-comparable to the time I’ve put into investigating articles for my Master’s thesis! Last year I did the same but then as a first-time applicant to the UK, a huge chunk of time went just into figuring out the entire process. So far this year I’ve only made up my mind on one university. When you come to applying for medicine via a non-conventional route you really have to dig into the entry requirements of all the schools available.
I’ve found it most useful to make a table on the universities I look into, their courses, requirements and special features. Next I intend on calling admissions offices up and evaluating whether it’s really worth applying. To anyone applying now or in the future, regardless of background, I’d advise you to really put your time and effort into this phase and look into every detail. After all, if you don’t apply smart (to your own benefit of course), there’s little point in applying at all!