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Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM)

Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM)

Doctor Graham Blackman | Mr Matt Green


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This book provides a step-by-step guide for graduates from any discipline on how to succeed in gaining a place at Medical School.  It covers the major considerations applicants have along the way, including: Routes into Medicine for graduates, including four-, five- and six-year courses Deciding if Graduate Entry Medicine is right for you, covering questions such as: how competitive is Graduate Entry Medicine? And what is the course like? Financial considerations of studying medicine as a second degree, including major sources of income and expenditure in light of the recent changes to funding by the Department of Health Detailed information on each of the Medical Schools offering Graduate Entry Medicine, including course structure, teaching style and number of applicants per place Profiles of each Medical School written by students on the course providing an insider’s view The interview process for each Medical School, how to approach questions you are likely to be faced with and how to impress the interview panel Why work experience is important, what Medical Schools are looking for and how to make the most out of the experience Applying through UCAS and writing your UCAS personal statement Medical career options after you qualify as a doctor Written by graduates studying medicine as a second degree, this book provides in detail everything you need to know about succeeding in your application to Graduate Entry Medicine.

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Book Cover C
Title i
Copyright ii
Contents iii
About the Publisher ix
About the Editors x
About the Contributors xi
Acknowledgements xv
Foreword xvi
Preface to the second edition xvii
Preface to the first edition xviii
Purpose of the book xviii
How to read this book xix
About the chapter contributors xix
Chapter 1 Introduction 1
Introduction 2
What is Graduate Entry Medicine? 2
Background to Graduate Entry Medicine 3
What graduates bring to Medicine 4
Considerations as a graduate 4
Applying to Medicine 5
Summary 6
Useful resources 7
Chapter 2 Is Graduate Entry Medicine right for you? 9
Is Graduate Entry Medicine right for you? 10
Entry routes into Medicine 10
Six-year foundation course 10
Five-year undergraduate course 11
Four-year graduate entry course 11
Private UK-based medical colleges 12
What is the difference between Graduate Entry Medicine and Undergraduate Medicine? 12
Can I study Graduate Entry Medicine if I have an Arts degree? 15
What if I obtained a 2:2 degree? 15
Is there an upper age limit for the Graduate Entry Medicine course? 16
I have children – can I still study Graduate Entry Medicine? 16
How competitive is Graduate Entry Medicine? 17
Should I apply to Graduate Entry Medicine or the five-year course? 18
Who make better doctors – undergraduate or graduate entry students? 19
Summary 20
Useful resources 21
Chapter 3 An overview of Graduate Entry Medicine 23
An overview of Graduate Entry Medicine 24
Course structure 25
Learning style 26
Problem-based learning: how does it work? 27
PBL and your application 29
What are the challenges of PBL? 29
Integrated versus traditional curricula 30
Integrating with the undergraduate course 31
Intercalation 31
Advantages of intercalation as a Graduate Entry Medicine student 32
Disadvantages of intercalation as a Graduate Entry Medicine student 33
The medical elective 34
Summary 36
Useful resources 37
Chapter 4 Choosing a medical school 39
Choosing a medical school 40
Introduction 40
University and course description 40
Course ranking 40
Student review 41
Medical schools 42
Barts and The London 42
University and course description 42
Student review 43
The course 43
The medical school/university 43
The local area 44
Additional information 44
University of Birmingham 44
University and course description 45
Student review 45
The course 45
The medical school/university 46
The local area 46
Additional information 47
University of Cambridge 47
University and course description 48
Student review 49
The course 49
The medical school/university 49
The local area 50
Additional information 50
Imperial College London 51
University and course description 51
Student review 52
The course 52
The medical school/university 52
The local area 53
Additional information 53
King's College London 53
University and course description 54
Student review 54
The course 54
The medical school/university 55
The local area 55
Additional information 56
University of Liverpool 56
University and course description 57
Student review 57
The course 57
The medical school/university 58
The local area 58
Additional information 58
Newcastle University 59
University and course description 59
Student review 60
The course 60
The medical school/university 60
The local area 61
Additional information 61
The University of Nottingham 62
University and course description 62
Student review 62
The course 62
The medical school/university 63
The local area 63
Additional information 64
University of Oxford 64
University and course description 65
Student review 66
The course 66
The medical school/university 66
The local area 67
Additional information 67
University of Southampton 67
University and course description 68
Student review 68
The course 68
The medical school/university 69
The local area 69
Additional information 70
St George's, University of London 70
University and course description 70
Student review 71
The course 71
The medical school/university 71
The local area 72
Additional information 72
Swansea University 73
University and course description 73
Student review 73
The course 73
Additional information 75
The medical school/university 74
The local area 74
University of Warwick 75
University and course description 75
Student review 76
The course 76
The medical school/university 76
The local area 77
Additional information 77
Summary 78
Useful resources 78
Chapter 5 The UCAS application and personal statement 79
The UCAS application and personal statement 80
When to apply 80
How to apply 80
Personal details 82
Choices 82
Education 82
Employment 83
References 83
Further notes for applicants 84
Applicants to Oxford and Cambridge 84
International students 84
Deferred entry 85
Criminal records 85
Occupational health 86
What happens after you apply? 86
Replying to offers 86
The personal statement 87
Introduction 89
Work experience 90
Other information 91
Extra-curricular activities 92
Concluding statement and final checks 93
Summary 94
Useful resource 94
Chapter 6 Work experience and extra-curricular activities 95
Work experience and extra-curricular activities 96
Why is work experience important? 96
Essential qualities 97
What is the most valuable type of work experience? 98
Shadowing 99
Hospital volunteering 100
Hospice volunteering 100
Paid employment 101
Befriending services 101
Working with people with disabilities 102
Working in a nursing home 102
Working with younger children 102
Reflecting on your experiences 103
Extra-curricular activities 104
Fundraising for charitable organisations 104
Playing a sport or learning a new hobby 105
Summary 105
Useful resources 106
Chapter 7 Admissions tests 107
Admissions tests 108
Introduction 108
The UKCAT 108
What is the UKCAT? 108
Content of the UKCAT 109
Who requires the UKCAT and how to register 110
Preparing for the UKCAT 111
Tips for success in the UKCAT 112
The GAMSAT 113
What is the GAMSAT? 113
Content of the GAMSAT 113
The GAMSAT score 115
Who requires the GAMSAT and how to register 115
Preparing for the GAMSAT 116
Tips for success in the GAMSAT 117
The BMAT 117
What is the BMAT? 117
Content of the BMAT 118
Who requires the BMAT? 118
Registration and important dates 119
Tips for success in the BMAT 119
Summary 120
Useful resources 120
Chapter 8 The medical school interview 121
The medical school interview 122
Tomorrow's Doctors 122
The selection process 123
Barts and The London 123
University of Birmingham 124
University of Cambridge 124
Imperial College London 124
King's College London 124
University of Liverpool 125
Newcastle University 125
The University of Nottingham 125
University of Oxford 126
University of Southampton 126
St George's, University of London 126
Swansea University 126
University of Warwick 127
Interview questions 127
Types of questions 128
Personal qualities and characteristics 128
'Why do you want to become a doctor?' 128
'What qualities should a doctor have?' 129
'How do you cope with stress?' 129
'What did you learn from your work experience?' 129
Fact-based questions 130
Ethics-based questions 131
Autonomy 131
Beneficence 132
Non-maleficence 132
Justice 132
Practical issues 133
Body language 133
Summary 134
Useful resources 135
Chapter 9 Medical careers 137
Medical careers 138
The Foundation Programme 138
Application to the Foundation Programme 138
Selection to the Foundation Programme 139
Objectives of foundation training 140
Foundation Year 1 140
Foundation Year 2 141
Specialty training 142
Uncoupled training 142
Run-through training 143
Application and competition for specialties 143
Membership exams and completion of specialist training 144
General Practice 145
Becoming a GP 146
Hospital Consultant 147
Becoming a Consultant 148
Academic Medicine 149
Becoming an Academic Clinician 149
Other careers in Medicine 150
Specialty doctors 151
Oral and maxillofacial surgery 151
Working in developing countries 152
The Armed Forces 152
Prison health service 152
Summary 153
Useful resources 153
Chapter 10 Financial concerns 155
Financial concerns 156
Expenditure 156
Entrance exams 157
Tuition fees 157
Travel costs 158
Course materials 158
Medical elective 158
Living costs 159
Income 159
Student loan 159
NHS bursary 161
University grants, bursaries and scholarships 162
Professional/career development loans 163
Part-time and summer work 163
Access to Learning Fund 164
Students with children 164
The Armed Forces 164
Doctors' salaries 165
Summary 166
Useful resources 166
Chapter 11 Coping as a mature student 167
Coping as a mature student 168
Returning as a graduate student 168
Coping with being a student again 169
Studying 170
Organisation 171
Extra-curricular activities 171
Communication skills 172
Balancing medical school and a family 173
Working part time as a Graduate Entry Medicine student 174
Summary 176
Chapter 12 After an unsuccessful UCAS application 177
After an unsuccessful UCAS application 178
Coping with an unsuccessful application 178
Why was I unsuccessful? 179
Options available to unsuccessful candidates 179
Applying to Undergraduate Medicine 180
Applying to an alternative healthcare profession 181
Reapplying to Graduate Entry Medicine 185
What to do next? 185
Improving your application 186
Pre-interview stage 186
Entrance exams 186
UCAS statement 187
Interview stage 188
Post-interview stage 189
Summary 190
Useful resources 190
Appendix 192
Useful resources 192
Five-year courses that accept graduates 193
Glossary 196
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