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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 11 January 2014
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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.
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VINE VOICEon 17 January 2014
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This is a nice concise book that would be very useful for a student who is starting to think about applying for med school. All the English schools are listed with details of the course, the entry tests required and the recruitment figures. There is a lot of advice about applying through UCAS and about the different types of tests you can sit - UKCAT, BMAT. There is a small section on preparing for interview and a list of the most asked questions. I got this book when I had already submitted my UCAS form so was particularly interested in interview preparation so was a bit disappointed.

I think this book would be good in a reference/careers library but is not essential for an individual as all the information in it can be found online. Books with actual test papers or dedictaed solely to interview prep are more usefulthan this once you have decided to apply but this is good for when you are starting to try to find out what to do to help your application.
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VINE VOICEon 7 April 2014
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With clear tables and information this book allows you to quickly and easily compare the different aspects of different universities medical courses. It provides information on how hard you will have to work, the living costs, typical offers, requirements and loads more meaning you can develop a better idea of the course, the uni and how it ranks with your priorities. The introduction section is really useful in helping you understand what it takes to get in to medical school and what it’s like when you get there; giving the reader and comprehensive list of all the things they need to do before they even send of their application. It also provides a really helpful section on writing your UCAS application and choosing your 5th option. With useful resources information at the end on how to get more information on any of the topics in the book this is a great guide for any student considering medicine. The only downside of this book is it appears quite daunting at first, but if you hope to study medicine you need to get used to reading detailed books quickly!

Written by a Year 12 Student applying for medicine later this year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 December 2013
Contains everything you need to know about the application for medicine and contains a really helpful profile on most, if not all, medical school in the UK (including Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales).
At £15, it is definitely worth the money and if the price were higher and I had some knowledge about the book beforehand, I would still buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 May 2014
This book was our first purchase on my son's journey to Medical School. He made good use of it and got in!
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on 20 February 2014
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I got this book when I was considering applying to medical school, and I found the depth of knowledge really useful. The book gave me a lot to think about as regards the process once I was in medical school, and also the training out the other side. I was very focussed on the process of applying, and despite the title this book actually gave me a more rounded feel for the full experience.

The book is well laid out, and easy to find what you are looking for. I found it was quite engaging considering its actually quite a dry subject matter.

It also is handy for walking you through the application process step by step, although it is very focussed on traditional routes of entry.
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on 17 August 2014
Perfect for anyone wishing in studying medicine in the UK. All the needed details about med schools and their requirements are included. The book itself motivate me to do more. The guidance of the book will surely lead to many success stories of med students!!
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on 29 June 2014
An excellent book for anyone considering medicine. Gives a good overview of all the universities offering medicine, including average applications/interviews offered. A very good resource
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on 7 May 2015
This really teaches you to be a doctor to the best of your ability and adds a fee jokes to lighten the mood. A pleasure to read
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on 5 February 2015
Lots of good information for anyone considering medical school at uni
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