Medical Personal Statement with Simon Sinek
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Medical Personal Statement: How I got FOUR interviews with this writing technique! (inspired by a TedTalk video)

When applying to study Medicine, you must include a short piece of writing with your UCAS application. The aim of your medical personal statement is to persuade whoever reads it that you are a great candidate to study Medicine. In this post I’ll be sharing the writing technique I used to stand out from the competition and secure 4 interviews for medicine. I used this approach to boost my medical personal statement and stand out in my interviews as well. What did I do? I started with WHY then REFLECTED WHY is the purpose, cause or belief that inspires you. REFLECT is carefully thinking about what you learned from the experience. For example, when [Read More]

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Achieved a Low UCAT Score? READ THIS

Let me start by saying that achieving a low UCAT score isn’t the end of the world. It just means you might have fewer options available. Universities with a high cut-off mark are probably out of the question. However, a UCAT score below the cut-off of one medical or dental school may be good enough for admittance to another.The following six things I recommend you do if you achieve a low UCAT score: 1. Find Out Your Percentile/Decile Ranking The UCAT exam board uses a statistical approach called deciles to report the overall performance of candidates each year. A decile is any of nine values that divide data into ten [Read More]

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Ultimate Guide to MMI Medical School Interview Preparation

MMIs are pretty similar to speed dating, mainly because they are a list of short interviews that will require your full attention. The reason is simple; these interview questions will focus on your performance and how you would react in some very specific situations. As you can imagine, it’s very hard to know what MMI medical questions you will have to deal with. Which is why it makes a lot of sense to do MMI medical school prep as fast as possible. That will make the entire experience a lot more rewarding and pleasant in the end. What is an MMI? The MMI is a set of short interviews. It’s [Read More]

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Medicine Personal Statement: Do’s and Dont’s

If you are applying to medical school, you will have to include a personal statement along with your UCAS form. The reason for it is to convince the person reading your personal statement as to why you are a good candidate to study Medicine. Your personal statement is the first chance you will have to make a lasting impression on the admissions tutors of any medical school you apply to. It is worth making your statement the best you possibly can. At some medical schools, personal statement accounts for a large amount of the total admission score. Since medical schools offer admission to students who are not just intelligent, but [Read More]

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Five Books Every Medical School Applicant Should Read

Try reading some books that will open your mind to the world of medicine, and help strengthen your motivation and mindset. The following are recommended books (from 1st year medics) that every medical school applicant should read. 1. This Is Going To Hurt: Secret Diaries of a junior Doctor by Adam Kay After six years working on NHS hospital wards Adam Kay, has turned his medical diaries, covering everything from bouncing babies to phantom illnesses, into a hilarious new book titled This is going to hurt. The book is a fun read and provides everything you want to know and more  about life on and off the hospital ward. Buy [Read More]

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Got a Medical School Rejection? Read This!

Getting rejected from all your choices is a horrible experience, I applied three times to medical school and got rejected by all my choices the first and second time. It had a serious knock on my confidence and I almost entirely gave up on pursuing a career in medicine. No one wants to have to apply a second time and definitely not a third time. After a second rejection, a lot of people recommended picking another field or even giving up altogether.  For me, both of my rejections was hard and still to this day, I can still recall the frustration and failure that I felt during those times. However, I [Read More]

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200 Medical School Interview Questions

This article is from ISC Medical, there are a leading medical school consulting company and publishers of the popular Medical School Interviews book. It has over 150 medical school interview questions analysed with comprehensive information on how to deal with each one.  The article is a comprehensive list of medical school interview questions, the authors have categorised the questions into the following: Background & Motivation Knowledge of Medical School and teaching meth0ds Depth & Breadth of Interest Empathy teamwork personal insight Understanding of the role of medicine in society Work Experience Tolerance of ambiguity & Ethics Creativity, innovation and imagination ISC Medical Article Begins… Interviewers are constantly coming up with new [Read More]

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50 Smart Questions To Ask During Your Medical School Interview

Medical school interviews are a great opportunity to learn, so don’t be shy about asking questions. In fact it is a bad sign to interviewers if you do not have any questions, so make sure you have some questions for your big day. In March 2012, I had my first medical school interview, it was at Queen Mary, University of London. I had taken a gap year after my A levels to reapply to medical school. I remember i was so nervous and wanted the interview to be over, one of the tutors on the interview panel asked if I had any questions at the end.  I said, “Ummm… nope.” [Read More]

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10 Key Topics You Need To Know For Your Medical School Interview

Medical schools are very different – in their philosophies, faculties, curricula, and the type of students they attract. However, they all expect applicants to have a good enough background knowledge on health and medical related topics and issues. The following topics was compiled by medical students to assist you in preparing for your interview. This list is by no means complete; it is designed to serve as a base for developing your background knowledge and preparing for your medical school interview. 1. The Birth And History of Medicine It is important to understand where medicine stems from and how it has developed over the years. Understand and develop your own [Read More]

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Guide to gaining Medicine Work Experience (During the Pandemic)

We will share advice on how to gain medicine work experience (during the pandemic). The information in this guide can be applied to gaining experience in dentistry and other healthcare courses. Medical work experience is vital for anyone applying to medicine. It doesn’t just show that you are committed but helps you to decide if a medical career is right for you. Gaining medical work experience is the best way to see what a career in medicine is really like. This guide provides a way on how you can gain work experience.   What is Medicine work experience? Medicine work experience is any activity or experience that helps you to prepare [Read More]

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