A Career in Medicine:

Do you have what it takes?

Have you ever thought about becoming a doctor

but weren’t sure where to start or what to expect? This book provides a comprehensive resource to guide you through the various stages involved in becoming a doctor, from deciding whether medicine is right for you, to choosing and applying to medical school, interview skills, student finance, plus what it’s like to face your first day as a postgraduate doctor and beyond.

Chapters

Medicine – Remembering the past, looking to the future

admin | June 13, 2018

Doctors practising today can call on a huge body of knowledge and experience when they treat their patients. There are thousands of journals to read, hundreds of guidelines to follow and an almost unlimited number of scientific ideas to be…..

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Entry requirements to medical school

admin | June 13, 2018

Should you study medicine? Although this chapter is mainly aimed at helping you get a place at a medical school, the degree of your commitment to medicine is so important, not only for achieving this but also for dictating whether…..

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Your school’s perspective

admin | June 13, 2018

It might at first appear odd for a teacher to be giving advice on applying to medical school. I do, however, have a peculiar perspective on the process; I was a medical student myself before completing a BSc and PhD…..

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The interview

admin | June 13, 2018

The majority of medical schools interview all applicants whom they feel have a reasonable chance of getting places. This means that about half of applicants are invited for interview, and most will get places. But, at present, Southampton, Belfast, Edinburgh…..

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How to choose a medical school

admin | June 13, 2018

So you have decided that becoming a doctor is the only thing you want to do. You are doing the right A levels, and you are pretty bright! However, where should you go to study for the next 4–6 years?…..

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Post graduate entry

admin | June 13, 2018

So you’ve got a degree and are ready for the challenge of studying medicine in only four years? Well you’ve got a lot more choice than you used to; from five institutions offering such courses in 2002, there are now…..

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Academic Medicine

admin | June 14, 2018

Academic medicine is usually taken to mean those aspects of a doctor’s work that are distinct from looking after patients – namely research and teaching. Yet in practice these activities are not really distinct. Clinical research, for example, as opposed…..

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Medical Journalism

admin | June 14, 2018

This chapter discusses one of the more popular alternative or adjunct careers for medics, that of medical journalism. The author, who has been an acting editor of the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and is currently editor of the Journal of the Royal Society…..

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Choosing hospital medicine

admin | June 14, 2018

When you graduate from medical school, you will be given the title of medical doctor. This title carries a status within society, and there is an expectation from the public about what you should be able to do – make…..

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Choosing general practice (primary care)

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This chapter will discuss the entry requirements for general practice (primary care), and will focus on what this branch of medicine can offer you and what opportunities are made available from it. Medical school entry If you already feel a…..

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The foundation years

admin | June 14, 2018

In this chapter, I would like to share with the reader my own experiences of being a foundation doctor, and what one can expect after graduating from medical school. The years of hard work at medical school are now behind…..

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The medical school years and how to survive them

admin | June 14, 2018

In recent years, studying medicine has changed, and so too has university life in general. There are now new methods of teaching, but also larger financial burdens on students. Having said this, medicine continues to be a very worthwhile and…..

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Ethical issues in modern medical practice

admin | June 14, 2018

One of the skills you will need these days if you become a doctor is some knowledge of medical ethics and medical law, and an ability to think reasonably and critically about medical ethics issues in general. The GMC, which…..

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Student finance

admin | June 14, 2018

A key issue in many minds when considering entering medicine is finance. This chapter should help you to become a little clearer on how finances work for medical students. How will I pay my way through medical school? The funding you…..

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Career pathways in medicine and surgery

admin | June 13, 2018

You have sat your medical finals and the powers that be (the General Medical Council) have decided that you are fit to practise as a doctor and have awarded you provisional registration. So what comes next? This chapter explores the…..

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Post graduate entry

admin | June 13, 2018

So you’ve got a degree and are ready for the challenge of studying medicine in only four years? Well you’ve got a lot more choice than you used to; from five institutions offering such courses in 2002, there are now…..

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