Get the book and get into medical school. Sound simple? Well, it isn't. But Get into UK Medical School For Dummies contains the information you need to get ahead of the competition and give yourself the best possible shot at success. Doctors Chris Chopdar and Neel Burton guide you through the entire process from deciding whether a career in medicine is right for you to sitting for interviews. Along the way, they provide the proven advice and coaching that has resulted in hundreds of acceptance letters on topic such as Why choose medicine (and why you may decide not to) Long term planning -- The A-levels, extracurricular activities, volunteer opportunities, and work experience that can make you a more attractive candidate; and what to do if you're lacking in these categories. Personal statement -- Plenty of insight and examples to help you create a winning and -- truly personal -- personal statement Research -- Put together a plan that ensures you find a university that's right for you.
Test preparation -- An overview of the UKCAT and BMAT, preparation strategies, and sample questions The interview -- Common questions, how to tackle them, and the importance of body language The decision -- Tips on choosing between multiple offers!
Dr Chris Chopdar and Dr Neel Burton are the founders and directors of Oxford-based Get into Medical School (getintomedicalschool.org). Both are medically qualified and members of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. In addition to his work at GeMS, Chris works as an independent psychiatrist and life coach. Neel regularly tutors medical students at Oxford, is the author of two medical textbooks and has won the British Medical Association Young Authors' Award. Chris and Neel are also the authors of UKCAT For Dummies.
Introduction 1 Part I: Targeting Medical School 7 Chapter 1: Deciding whether to Study Medicine 9 Chapter 2: Choosing a Medical School 25 Chapter 3: Planning Your Application 47 Chapter 4: Building Your Foundation for Medical School 59 Chapter 5: Writing Your UCAS Personal Statement 75 Part II: Sitting the Tests 87 Chapter 6: Dissecting the UKCAT 89 Chapter 7: Practising the UKCAT 115 Chapter 8: Breaking Down the BMAT 139 Chapter 9: Studying BMAT Questions and Answers 153 Chapter 10: Getting to Grips with the GAMSAT 167 Part III: Preparing for Interviews 175 Chapter 11: Performing Well in Interviews 177 Chapter 12: Preparing for Common Interview Questions 189 Chapter 13: Staying Current: Medical Topics You Need to Know About 209 Chapter 14: Following the Interview 227 Part IV: The Part of Tens 233 Chapter 15: Ten Great Ways to Stand Out from the Crowd 235 Chapter 16: Ten Top Tips for Coping with Stress 241 Index 247