Posted by cubic_me on May 14, 2004, at 17:41:55
In reply to Re: cubic_me « cybercafe, posted by Dr. Bob on May 14, 2004, at 9:00:31
Good luck in being able to move back to the UK, when are you planning to start the med course?
> > are there any universities a lot more easy to get into than others?
Yes. Oxford, Cambridge, Nottingham, Bristol and the London Unis are generaly the most difficult. The Newer medical schools tend to be the easier ones to get in to.
>>and does it really help if you have an undergraduate degree? (rather than A levels and such) ...
Usually there are very limited places for mature students, so it is easier to get in with A levels (etc) rather than a degree. I've heard that if you have a first class degree they don't look at your A level grades when you apply, if you have a 2:1 you must have AAB at A level (or equivilent), and if you have a 2:1 or lower you won't be considered.
It will increase your chances of getting a place if you tailor your choices to what the med schools are looking for. Some like people who have a gap year or first degree, others don't. Some interview all candidates, others don't. Some want and A in chemistry, others will settle for a B etc. I've got a really good paper guide to what the different unis are looking for, I'll dig it out and if you ask more specific info I'll hapily pass it on to you. If you want to correspond privately or know where I go and what it's like etc, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
> > last question.. dude I am so squimish... any secrets to getting over it?
I was never that squemish, but some of my friends were. The thing that helped them was to take it slowly, and know when you have to go out (2 of my housemates faited in surgery in the last month - apparently it happens all the time!) The med school I'm at does human dissection, so we were given an intro to the gross bits before we had to look at live people with runny blood in them! Like someone else said, concentrate on how facinating the anatomy is, and you'll soon have no problems peering at half a dead person's rectum at close proximity to look at where the blood supply is coming from!
If you don't like the thought of human dissection, there are plenty of unis that don't do it - they do it on computer programmes instead.