on 2 July 2011
As a mature applicant for medical school (2012 entry) I have spent many hours in books and on websites this past year researching for my application. I have yet to come across such a fantsatic and well-researched guide as 'so you want to be a doctor'.
It is thorough (covering the application process from right from GCSE's for those who need it), insightful (with real interview experiences and really quite clever personal statements), detailed (describing separately every standard and graduate medical course in the UK), the admission test section is spot on, and massive credit for page 97!
I even read the chapters that didn't apply to me, and managed to come across some useful additions to help my application. I do wish I had come across this sooner, but it has still been a huge help, and I feel very positive about the (challenging) application process ahead. Thank you sanders, metcalfe and dev!
on 8 November 2013
Obviously I was pleased when my daughter decided she wanted to be a doctor but as neither my husband nor I are doctors and nor is anyone else in our family I found the application process quite daunting. For one thing the closing date for all medical schools is in October which is a full three months before the majority of other degree courses. Secondly, I was dismayed to realise that many medical schools have only one open day a year. Obviously it is a good idea to attend a few university open days but I realised at about the third one that they pretty much all tell you the same thing! Don't worry if you miss or cannot attend an open day - a campus tour instead can be just as useful. The thing is though, how do you decide which medical schools to visit? This is why my daughter and I found this book so valuable - it clearly lays out all the information about the many factors which need consideration by the prospective medical student so that they can work out what their priorities are. It makes fascinating reading for parents too!
on 1 January 2013
I found out about this book at a Medlink conference and I was initially a bit hesitant as to whether I should get it or not as they tried to sell you so many extra things there. Anyway, I took the leap and ordered the book. When it arrived I was struck by how comprehensive it was. It literally covered everything there is to know about going to medical school, from the decision, to work experience, all the up to medical school itself. I especially found the sections about the UKCAT and BMAT useful and had I not ordered this book I probably would have been shocked at how much I would need to prepare for them nearer the time. The book gives you a birds eye view of the whole application process, even for graduate entry, and this is so helpful as you can plan your Year 12 well and take advantage of it, not leaving things for the last minute. This book will drastically increase your chances of getting to medical school. I whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone even the slightest bit interested.