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Easiest UK medical school to get into is:

Easiest UK Medical School

So you are here for 1 of 2 reasons, either you are looking to go to medical school and are just not sure where to apply and want to maximise your chances. Maybe you just couldn’t resist knowing what the easiest UK medical school to get into is! Please note we are using data from the 2016 academic year applications.

That Simple!

Is it as simple as the easiest and the hardest? Well that is really for you to decide and also will depend on the individual. Each university has its own set of requirements and takes students of different styles. You will often for example find that each university will often churn out a lot of doctors who end up doing the same speciality. This is because that university attracts and likes the personality type that makes good doctors of that speciality.

Cambridge is the easiest UK Medical school to get into!

When you look at likelihood of getting into medical school Cambridge and UCL are the 2 easiest UK medical schools. I say that because for every place in those medical schools there is only 6 applicants. That compared to an average of 9 (8.8 to be precise) across all medical schools.

Brighton and Sussex is the Hardest UK Medical school to get into!

If you are looking at who would not be the easiest UK medical school then go to the south coast. The most over subscribed medical school, Brighton and Sussex had a whopping 14.3 applicants for each place. The prestigious University of Bristol Medical School came in second with a ridiculous 13.9 applications for each place. These 2 medical schools by far beat the next closest medical school was Aberdeen with a hefty 10.9 applications.

And that is only UK/EEA applicants!

When you consider that is only the UK and EEA applicants. There was over 38,000 UK applicants applying for UK medical schools with a further 8,000 applicants from within the EEA (European Economic Area). On top of this there is then a further 11,000 international students.

For international students the hardest medical school by far is University of Bristol Medical School, with a scary 37.4 applicants for each place. In contrast Aberdeen while very over subscribed for UK/EEA applicants, has a very easy 2 applicants for each place making it the easiest uk medical school for international students.

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Daily Mail anger time!

After that last paragraph your blood may be boiling, you may be thinking those places should be going to British students and not out to international students. Maybe you are thinking of contacting your favourite newspaper the Daily Mail and make them aware of this travesty! Before you do, please just consider this: Medical school is VERY expensive to run. Even with the current £9k a year that students pay it doesn’t even scratch the surface of the actual cost of training these doctors. International students therefore pay massive fee’s to study at these universities. This means the university is then able to use those funds to make more places available for UK students.

So international students = more UK students?

Yes, that is right. If we blocked international students from coming to our universities then we would actually end up with less places in UK Medical Schools. If anything we should expand the number of international spaces available. That would also allow us to train more UK students.

So how can I get into medical school?

If you are looking to get into medical school then we have a number of resources that are helpful.

  1. Check out our articles on how to get into medical school
  2. Online courses:
    1. A course in anatomy, Not strictly for the application itself but the extra knowledge would be beneficial. This course will help you with anatomy during your studies. Anatomy at medical school course.
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Moustache, Must dash, must ache, prostate?

What do Freddie Mercury, Tom Selleck, Hulk Hogan and Charlie Chaplin all have in common?

They are all known for their iconic moustaches.

Why moustaches on a medical blog I hear you ask? Well it is November. November is the month that men worldwide put down their shavers, and start fiddling about with little combs to try and grow the most iconic and outrageous moustache, all in name of Movember.

Movember was created to drawn much needed attention to Men’s health, primarily men’s cancers such as testicular, prostrate, as well as men’s mental health.

Thanks to this charity drive, highlighting the risks, symptoms, and spreading the word on these issues, millions of pounds has been raised, and has actually helped devise a blood test that spots prostate cancer drug resistance.

The test can identify key mutations driving resistance to a widely used prostate cancer drug. It can also identify in advance patients who will not respond to treatment.

Researchers say the breakthrough paves the way for information from a blood test to inform prostate cancer treatment in future, with only those patients whose cancers are free of resistance mutations taking the drug, abiraterone.

It will also allow patients who will not benefit from one drug to be given an alternative treatment instead.

Researchers analysed 274 blood samples from 97 patients using state-of-the-art DNA sequencing techniques. They found that mutations in a gene called the androgen receptor (AR) predicted resistance to the prostate cancer drug abiraterone, and that patients with these mutations had poorer survival.

Abiraterone is now standard treatment for men with advanced prostate cancer and has extended the lives of thousands. But while it is highly effective in many patients, 30 to 60 per cent don’t respond.

Researchers have been searching for a marker that will help predict in advance which men will benefit from the drug, and who should be given a different treatment.

Scientists discovered that men who harbour either a specific mutation or an increase in the number of copies of the AR gene, were 7.8 times less likely to have a reduction of more than 90 per cent in their PSA levels, a widely used test to monitor the response of prostate cancer.

The study also found that in about 15 per cent of men given abiraterone who did not have either mutation before starting treatment, this was acquired as the drug stopped working and appeared in the bloodstream several months before patients developed any symptoms.

Experts say blood tests are particularly valuable in cancer patients because biopsies are often difficult to perform and can carry risks. Even when biopsies are possible, they only give a snapshot of cancer genetics in a small specific area, whereas blood tests can give information that is more representative of multiple different tumours around the body.

Dr Iain Frame, Director of Research at Prostate Cancer UK, added: “Research like this wouldn’t be possible without the thousands of people who take part in Movember every year – and so with another campaign upon us, we can all do something to help the fight against prostate cancer.”


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Enjoy life

Human Equations

Human = eat + sleep + work + enjoy
Donkey = eat + sleep

Human = Donkey + Work + enjoy

Human-enjoy = Donkey + Work

To translate:
A Human that doesn’t know how to enjoy = Donkey that works.