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Applying to Medicine and 1 st year Amy Watson
Highers are just the key to the door What do we need to open the door?
Application involves …. l l l l Open days, visit Universities, research and decide which course style suites you best, can only pick four to apply to. Work experience Voluntary work UKCAT UCAS CV Interviews
Deciding on Universities l Go to open days of Universities you are interested in l Research the way course is taught. l Interviewers- prefer you to have personal experience of the open day l If the open day clashes, with other arrangements, try to arrange another date.
Work Experience l l l Vital! As much and as varied as possible. (1 week minimum) How to get it? Need permission l Site Manager at Ashludie Hospital- Isobel Rennick l Number is 01382 527 821 l Sign forms regarding confidentiality l l ‘Clinical Work Placement Division of Medicine and Therapeutics. ’ -week in Ninewells shadowing different areas -End of week -presentation on ‘Why you want to be a doctor. ’ -Examples of things done on my week- corotid endarterectomy, clinical investigations unit, research centre, renal unit, tour round hospital and generally told things about medical school, morning in Ninewells library to study specific topic in a group, and then present it to Dr Sumantra-Ray
Voluntary work l l l Occupational health form Shows commitment Gives insight and experience My experience- Roxburghe House serving teas, chatting to patients and relatives. My understanding of the patients situation and the impact on their life and the families was very important This experience was invaluable for interviews
UKCAT l UK Clinical Aptitude Test l Mandatory l Used in selection of medical students l Go online, for booking and for practice. l Books to help l Practice!
How to apply? -UCAS and CV l UCAS – correct dates and grades of exams! l CV l l – Why you want to do Medicine? -Subjects you’ve studied - Was it work experience that inspired you? - Any specific experience? - Speak about work experience, What did you get from it? - Achievements and hobbies - school and other co curricular, leadership, team work, well rounded and experienced Show you are able to do more than just study, -Can you bring something to the University, more than studies? Why are you right for Medicine?
Interviews l l l l l Prepare for easy and difficult questions Why Medicine? (and not other professions, don’t say want to help people!) Be able to talk about everything in CV Know all about the course at that University and why that would be your preference. Keep up to date with current hot topics in news-shows interest. Choose a few newspapers to read regularly and follow. Develop opinions, know what's going on 2 - 3 main stories that you can talk about in detail. Medical ethics
Application l Writing CV, UCAS, Interviews l Busy time of year l Can be stressful l Do yourself justice- send the best possible application away and be ready for interviews. l Good book- ‘Getting into Medical School. ’ (James Burnett & Joe Ruston)
Life as a 1 st year Medic l IS GREAT! l Hard work l Rewarding l Interesting l Challenging l Exciting
In Dundee… Course split into 3 phases Phase 1 - September to December of first year introduction to the 12 curriculum outcomes for a doctor (course revolves around this), Key principles (anatomical, biomedical, disease mechanisms, psychosocial and safe medical practice), Anatomy in the dissecting room. Basic clinical and communication skills are developed in general practice and the clinical skills centre. l Phase 2 -rest of 1 st year up to 3 rd year. Systems based, time in wards l Phase 3 - Application of the skills and knowledge acquired in the earlier phases in a variety of clinical settings in hospital (e. g. medical, surgical, obstetric, child health, and psychiatric services) and in general practice. Elective between years 4 and 5. l l
1 st Semester for me… l September-December l Lectures from 9. 00 -11. 00 – Basic Science l Dissection from 11. 00 -13. 00 – Anatomy (dissection) l Ninewells 14. 00 -16. 00 - Clinical skills, tutorials, ITA, DPAC l GP placement l Every Wednesday afternoon off, for sports or music, studies or chilling!
2 nd Semester l In Ninewells- 9. 00 -11. 00 lectures l Tutorials, ITA, Clinical Skills, wards, or home for private study. l Systems based
Social side of University l Fresher's week-week of parties to meet people, try out new l DUMS-Dundee University Medic Society, social events, e. g. l l ‘Medical family’ Groups- Allocated into groups of about 10, for studies and things- societies, (sports, music, other social clubs) nights out, balls, Battle of Bands…. tutorials. l Shoved with new people all the time, so constantly getting to know different people. l Lots of support if needed l More free time than at school, but, more work than school.
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