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Get into UK Medical School For Dummies

Chris Chopdar, Neel Burton

ISBN: 978-1-118-45042-0 November 2012 272 Pages


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!

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