I was thinking today about the advice that I wish I had known before I had started applying for medicine. It really is a bit of a long road to get into medical school and takes a lot of determination and work to get there. You have hurdles with work experience, entrance tests like BMAT, writing your personal statement, getting your grades (and predicted grades), securing an interview, doing well at interview… the list is pretty long. But it is so, so worth it so don’t let this put you off at all cause it all does make sense!
Broadly…medical schools are looking for:
- A genuinely kind person who wants to be a doctor
- Someone who is smart and willing to put in the work when they don’t understand concepts
- Someone who they would want on their team/want them to be their doctor
Right so let’s break this down a bit and show where the above hurdles come in!