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the sort of book you should read before going into medicine
on 11 January 2014
Many medical students are the sons and daughters of medical professionals. Most of these would-be-students really do know what they need to know about being a doctor from harsh family experience. For the rest of us, there are questions you should ask that are not obvious and this book is for those people.
Ideally this book should be read before you commit to A-level subjects, and in some senses will help you focus if you read it before the final push for good GCSE grades. The fact is that lots of young people say they would like to be a doctor, but are either not prepared or not able to put the commitment in to achieve the necessary standard.
The first chapter is about making the decision and emphasises the lashings of hard work you will have to put in just to qualify and that it never really shops. It discusses what additional investment in your secondary education may be necessary to achieve the grades you will need. Also the next two chapters discuss choice of A-levels and whether or not a gap year is a good idea.
The book continues with strategy for admission exams before it enters the largest section giving an assessment of medical schools in the UK. These sections have been written by students from the medical schools and you have to accept some bias here. Because only one student per school has been involved, there may be some oversights too, but over all this is a welcome action and very helpful in decision making for a young person.
There are also helpful sections on the UKCAT and BMAT
Overall this book is a must. It doesn't cover everything, but it will be useful help to all wanting to enter this worthy profession.