This is How to get into Medical School Part 2 – Picking your Med school. For part 1 of this guide please click – How to get into Medical School Part 1
Understand YOU and get some medical experience
Have you worked in a hospital yet? If not you NEED to. This is not a ‘requirement’ for medical school but having spent time in a hospital, even if just a work experience and/or volunteer role will give you a foot up on the process. There are 2 reasons for this, firstly on your CV it looks good, it shows commitment and that you have done your research. Secondly it will also help you with understanding what you find interesting, where you might like to specialise and finally it can also show you what the job is really like.
Understand ALL the medical schools
So you are committed to medicine, you have taken science A Levels and are working hard to get 3 A* to maximise your chances of getting in. At this point you should have already looked into all the medical schools however now you need to dig a bit deeper.
What are the differences between the medical schools?
While all universities are different, medical schools are a whole new level and so understanding the difference can make a difference with not only getting into a medical school but also your speciality training later down the line. There are 2 obvious major aspects to each medical school, the university and the hospital it is attached to. Look at what all the hospitals specialise in. Understand the course style, how it is structured, how it is taught. Check online to see what students have said about the medical school and what kind of people they are. You may find that some ‘types’ of people favour specific medical schools. As an example you may find that some medical schools have a lot more people who are very good at science but not so good at people skills, then other medical schools that have stronger people skills. Look at the main lecturers at the university, what they have focused on and what areas they are strong in.
Compare yourself to the University
Now you have to consider what university suits your personality. Are you great with people or do you struggle in social situations? Are you able to remember pie to 75 decimal places or are you normal? Do you learn better in a practical environment or are you better just reading a book/sitting in a lecture? Are there aspects of medicine that you really like or is there areas that you really struggle with?
Any idea on specialities?
Most people will not have decided what speciality they want to go into, and really you shouldn’t. You should keep an open mind but you may still know there might be some specialities that don’t suit you or areas that you will do better in. If for example you hate children then paediatrics will not be for you. If you really are not good at talking to people then you will probably be better with a surgical speciality. Once you are able to either rule some things out or narrow down, you can then start to move through a few more universities.
And that ends How to get into Medical School Part 2. To see How to get into Medical School part 3, click here. Make sure to like us on Facebook,follow us on twitter or +1 us on Google to keep up to date with all the latest help advice and general great stuff from Medinc.