How to get into Medical School Part 4 Applications and Interviews is all about that final stage, applying and the selection process. If you would like to start from the beginning, click: How to get into Medical School Part 1
UCAS and your Personal Statement
Now that you have chosen your universities this next stage should be a lot simpler. Firstly you can now just focus on what the four medical schools are looking for. If you have researched properly this should be similar across all four. It is best to study the selection criteria of all four medical schools. Make notes on what each med school is looking for and then make sure to cover all in your personal statement.
Make sure you are talking about medicine and that if someone picked up your personal statement it was clear that you want to be a doctor. On that same note remember this when you pick your 5th non medicine course, your personal statement is very medicine focused, so pick bio-med or something relevant. Your 5th choice is your final option so you don’t want to be rejected because your personal statement is completely wrong for the course. (i.e don’t pick Astronomy or Classics).
For many this is one of the hardest parts. Medics are renown for being more intellectual than personal, but that doesn’t
help with the interview. You really need to consider this as a job interview to become a Doctor. If you turn up wearing a mini skirt or shorts and T-shirt, you will not get a place (People really have turned up in ridiculous clothing!). It is always better to be over dressed than under dressed. Don’t feel stupid wearing a suit, if the other person in the waiting room is wearing flip flops I can assure you they won’t be joining you this year.
Like any job interview you need to do your research (Are you seeing a pattern here?). Understand the medical school, what kind of people go there, what they specialise in. This must be the medical school that is your first choice. Don’t be over confident or cocky and say how your first choice is another med school. If you wouldn’t do it at a job interview don’t do it here.
Finally (and I know I am repeating myself because it is very important) prepare for this like a job interview. You will find loads of information online for job interviews, how to do well at them, and it is also the kind of thing that you can practice with anyone, they don’t need medical knowledge. Have a think about your future career path, and be honest. I really like surgery because but I am concerned about this, I really like x and I am really fascinated about y. It shows you have done your research and understand the role. Try to think of good original answers, no-one want to sit through 50 applicants each saying “I just want to save lives…”
That concludes How to get into Medical School Part 4 Applications and Interviews
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