You’ve got a degree or doing a degree and want to go down the Graduate Medicine Route… Here’s some helpful facts, hints and tips regarding degree’s, entrance exams, references and interviews… And maybe a bit of Student finance…
Type of Degree and Universities
You can have ANY degree and apply for graduate entry medicine, however you have to apply strategically. Generally there seem to be 3 types of entry requirements:
There are some universities that accept ANY degree and have NO A level/GCSE requirements:
– E.g. Warwick, Newcastle, Nottingham, St. Georges, Swansea
There are some more that accept ANY degree BUT have A level requirements
– E.g. Southampton, Cambridge, scotGEM
There are some that require a SPECIFIC degree and HAVE A level requirements
– E.g. Birmingham, Liverpool, Oxford, Sheffield (also requires widening access criteria)
Then there are those that require a SPECIFIC degree and NO A level requirements
– E.g KCL
The some to be awkward are a mixture of all 3…
– E.g. Barts and the London who have A level requirements depending on the degree you did, KCL
Make sure you DO your RESEARCH
Check with each university which entrance exam they want. Mainly for GEM (graduate entry medicine) it will either be the UKCAT or GAMSAT or None… Bare in mind these are UNOFFICIAL and have been collected by numerous applicants and from using various sources and might not be 100% accurate…
Some Universities use the UKCAT VERY HEAVILY to decide who to interview for example (using 2013 stats) to get an interview:
KCL – 730+
Newcastle – 727.5+
Barts – 705+
Some use it less heavily and more in conjunction with personal statements
Warwick – 680+
Southampton – 650+
Leicester – You get points dependant on your score
Imperial – Minimum scores across the sections 640+ (in 2013)
Some use the GAMSAT
Liverpool (as of 2013/14 cycle)
Some use no entrance exam:
But remember to check each individual universities website before applying, doing your own research is key!
So let’s set the scene…
You’ve chosen your medical schools, you have the UKCAT, you’ve done the personal statement (read here), you’ve singed into UCAS and now you have to get a REFERENCE…..
Oh dear, I bet you wish you got to know you uni tutor a bit better now right?
Most GEM courses will require an ACADEMIC reference if in the last 5 years you have been in education… If you are at university still, get in good with lecturers… I found wine helped a lot!
Prepare in advance, if you know you are going to apply for GEM get friendly with a lecturer early on who can write a reference that says you don’t sit at the back hungover and/or throwing up…
Proper Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance
So lets carry on with our story:
Along comes October 15th when by now you should have pressed the submit button.
Once you have pressed that button relief will spread over you as the hardest part is done… FOR NOW
Waiting… Waiting and yet more waiting
Different Universities will give out interviews at different times of the year.
example… Universities that use the UKCAT will give interviews out after November 4th, which is when the UKCAT results are released.. It’s the same with GAMSAT… So be prepared to wait A LOT…
And subsequently shit yourself every time an email comes through via UCAS or any of your university choices
For GEM there are typical 3 types of interviewing techniques
MMI – Multi mini interview
MMI is essentially like ‘speed dating’ with a twist… It will involve numerous stations (on average 8) where you spend 5 minutes at each station with an interviewer who will ask you either about a topic (ethics, teamwork etc) or you will have a scenario
e.g. KCL, Leicester, St Georges, Nottingham
The traditional panel interview. Each university will have a different technique for a panel interview whether they play the good ol’ fashioned good cop/bad cop… Or they leave it unstructured…
e.g. Newcastle, Bristol, Imperial, Oxbridge
The selection center is run by Warwick and Barts… It involves 3 main segments: An interview (everyone gets the same Q’s)/watching a video, Team building exercise and a writing exercise (similar to SJT).
e.g. Warwick and Barts (combined selection center)
1 or 2 smalls tips for the GEM interview
Be YOURSELF – Show the uni’s who you are, you only have 15 minutes to 1 hour to do so
Be PREPARED – Have an idea of what you will be asked… Know why you want to do medicine (if you are a non science degree be prepared to ask why the switch)
*an interview page AND a student finance page are in progress….*