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More about this student
Sometimes students share information with us about their demographics, which may help put their application experience into a bit more perspective.
This student identifies as a White British-Irish woman who went to a fee-paying school.
Course: Standard undergraduate entry
Online MMI interview
Admissions Tests: UCAT
Before I made my application…
Choosing to apply
When did you decide you wanted to apply to medicine?
I was a carer for a young relative when she had cancer when I was a teenager. I spent a lot of time in the hospital and really enjoyed the science.
How did you choose what medical schools to apply to?
Based off where I could see myself living, full body dissection and where I could afford to live.
Completing work experience
What types of work experience did you do?
Online work experience
How much work experience did you do?
Despite getting a place to shadow in a hospital there was then a lockdown so I ended up doing online work experience. I mainly talked about volunteering that I had previously done working with children with disabilities. I did that for 3 years.
How did you find your work experience opportunities?
Through asking someone I knew to take me on
During the application process…
What admissions test did you sit?
University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT): https://www.ucat.ac.uk/
How did you prepare for your admissions test?
Did all of the practice questions in the book that I had bought second hand.
What type of interview did you do?
MMI: Multiple Mini Interview. This type of interview usually includes several short interviews or ‘stations’ which may involve different types of questions and scenarios. This is different compared to a panel interview, which may cover the same scenarios/types of questions but be a more ‘traditional’ sit-down interview.
How did you prepare for your interview?
Watched YouTube videos for tips and read online forums. Unfortunately I didn’t have access to any paid courses or charity/school support. Also I didn’t know anyone in the medical field so had no support from that.
What was your interview like?
Spoke a lot about my work experience with what I learnt and spoke about ethical dilemmas.
Dissection: Some universities use full-body dissection as a teaching method. This is when you personally get to dissect and be involved in the removal and looking at certain aspects of the body. Some students like the idea of this, while others don’t. This might inform where you choose to apply to medical school, so check out the universities you’re considering to see whether this is part of their teaching style.
Online work experience: Some providers are now offering online work experience, such as the Brighton and Sussex Medical School online work experience, or the Observe GP experience by the Royal College of General Practitioners.
YouTube: There are many current and recent medical students who create videos on YouTube about their experience and advice about applying. Remember that their experience is personal and individual, and may not reflect yours. They might provide some useful advice but remember that they might be advertising paid for services. Take their advice as part of a more holistic approach alongside moderated advice such as ours, and official advice from universities and test providers.
Online forums: Online forums can be great spaces to find advice and first-hand knowledge, but remember that it may not always be the most trustworthy source of information. Take what you read with a pinch of salt.