How to get into medical school

September 06, 2016 Taha K

This resource signposts and describes what we should be aiming for in our application to study medicine

If you want to study Medicine at university then aim to meet the criteria listed below because it will give you a good chance of having a successful application:

Get good grades. Your GCSEs and A-levels should be predominantly, if not entirely, A and A*.

You need to do well in university specific entrance exams which includes the UKCAT and BMAT. Make sure you know which one you need for the universities you have chosen. If you're not sure please contact me. For more information about either of these please have a look at my resources ( If you're struggling with these exams and you want to do well, message me.

You need to be a well rounded individual. We can demonstrate this by participating in extra curricular activities such as sport and drama.

You must have excellent communication skills which is often evident by experience public speaking and debating.

You need to care about people. Evidence of volunteering and charity work is essential. The nature of the volunteering doesn't matter too much. What's more important is the insight and demeanour that it gave you.

You should know what you're signing up for. Make sure that you're aware of how the National Health Service works, the roles of doctors, their long hours as well as the limitations of medicine such as incurable diseases. Have a look at the GMC website and the attachment below.

You ought to be confident but not over confident; you need to have faith in yourself but you must not be arrogant.

You have to accept failure. Failure is uncomfortable and embarrassing and something we all try to avoid at almost all costs. However, if you are going to pursue medicine you must appreciate that sometimes you will fail. There are many things that you can fail: you can fail an exam, you can fail a station in your OSCE, you can fail to get into medicine the first time round, you can fail to make an appropriate diagnosis, you may fail to save a patient's life. Failure at some point during a medical career is inevitable. You have to make sure that you are strong enough to accept it, learn from it, move on and prevented from happening again.

Finally, you have to be sure medicine is the right career for you and you have to want it more than you want anything else in your life.

If you want more information, contact me. If you like you need any help getting into medical school, again, contact me and I'll guide you every step of the way.

If you've already got an offer from medical school and want to know how to make the most of this fantastic opportunity talk to me and I'll sort you out. Alternatively, if you have some exams coming up and want to outperform the others, message me as I am a third year student with numerous distinctions (corresponding to performance in the top 10% of my cohort) in my examinations including written exams, vivas and OSCEs.


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