Planning Your Medical or Dental School Admissions Journey With Medify: Part 1

Admissions

2019-11-02

Decided on a career in Medicine? Or would love to be a dentist? Are you unsure of what to do next or just want to make sure you have not missed a step on your road to your dream role? Here’s part 1 of your Admissions Roadmap.

The aim of this blog post is to guide you through the admissions process of getting into Medical or Dental School one step at a time. Below you will find road stops with instructions on what to do at each point so you can keep moving forward towards your goal.

Meet Academic Requirements:

This depends on your chosen medical or dental school’s admissions requirements. Check all desired school’s websites within the ‘entry requirements’ section of each course overview. Usually, the requirements start right back to when you pick your GCSE subjects. Most medical and dental schools ask for specific subjects and grades within those subjects. After your GCSEs, your choice of A-Levels and achieved grades is important too. Maths, English and as many Sciences as possible are always a safe and wise option but do check the specification of these requirements with your desired schools.

Gain Work Experience:

An important part of your medical or dental school application is having the right work experience and having enough of it to show your understanding, motivation and commitment to studying medicine or dentistry. To gain these experiences consider volunteering within a care service setting such as an elderly care home, hospital or playground. Seek work placements to shadow GPs, hospital doctors or surgeons. Your work experience, whether it be voluntary or shadowing, should be for two weeks or longer. Always reflect upon your experience, what you learned about the role, yourself and how you would apply these lessons to your own practice. The ability to reflect is a requirement throughout your application journey and career as a doctor or dentist.

Extra-curricular Activities:

Admissions tutors at your chosen schools like it when you have gone the extra mile to gain insight into the science and role of medicine. Consider undertaking a research placement, writing an article of particular interest in science and send it somewhere to be published. You could join your lunchtime STEM club or simply conduct your own research project. Even assisting in teaching or privately tutoring science all shows passion and commitment to your motivation to study medicine or dentistry.

Hobbies:

A career in medicine or dentistry can be strenuous and time-pressured, therefore, stress-relieving outlets are absolutely necessary and will be expected of you by admissions tutors. The ideal hobbies to undertake are ones that involve teamwork such as team sports. Not particularly sporty? What about joining or creating your own society/club such as drama or dance? As a doctor or dentist, you will need to fit ‘you-time’ into your busy schedule for your own mental, physical and emotional well-being. It is essential you demonstrate this understanding to admissions tutors within your admission journey and application.

Sit the Appropriate Entrance Tests:

Most medical and dental schools require an entrance exam that measures your aptitude; this can either be the UCAT or the BMAT, depending on where you are wishing to apply. Both entrance exams need intense preparation in order to successfully gain a great and acceptable score. The value of your final score depends on what schools you are applying to, as each put a different amount of emphasis on the entrance exam for the overall application. Take a look at our UCAT Online Course and BMAT Online Course for an idea of what is involved for each test. Our courses are expertly written and specifically designed to help people just like you. We have been helping students get into medical and dental school since 2009.

Look out for Part 2 of this journey where we will take you through UCAS, personal statements, conditional offers and more. Or if you want to make sure you do not miss it, join our email list at the bottom of this page and we will send you a notification. We promise not to spam you.

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