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⌛️Last updated: April 28, 2020, 8:33 p.m.
Here are some general resources related to Medicine. These should be a useful introduction, regardless of which Medicine-related course you’re interested in and where you might want to study it.
The Cambridge MedSoc Guide to Applying to Medical School 🔗 A booklet produced by Cambridge medical students with details about applying to medicine both at Oxbridge and elsewhere.
Books: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande and This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay
One serious and one funny but poignant; books about life as a doctor. Can be referenced in interviews but also allow you to explore what being a doctor is really like!
Medical schools have one of two entrance exams. Most use the UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) previously known as the UKCAT (United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test), whilst a select few including Oxbridge use the BMAT (BioMedical Admissions Test). There are a lot of good (and free!) resources out there for both however there are a few courses you can pay for that I’ve included for completeness; however they are definitely not required to score highly in these exams. They are indicated by a £ sign in the lists below.
Official UCAT website 🔗 🌟 The official UCAT website including registration details and a few free practice tests.
**1250 UKCAT Practice Questions by iscMedical: Every year the UCAT admins write a whole host of new questions and release the old ones, this is a compilation of years’ worth of test questions you can do in bulk. It also includes advice on how to approach each section and can be carried around and used whenever you have a spare minute.
The medic portal 🔗 A useful free bank of questions for practice.
Medify 🔗 (£) Much cheaper than Kaplan, this is effectively another bank of questions you can use. However some of the questions are written by the company themselves so may not be as faithful to the true exam.
Kaplan 🔗 (£) Kaplan is a much more expensive option than Medify however comes with a larger bank of practice tests with real questions than the official UCAT website as well as a series of online tutorials to help you approach each section.
The medic portal 🔗 (£) The Medic Portal runs training days in schools around the country for the UCAT. Some comprehensive schools offer subsidies for these so it is worth discussing with your school if they will do this.
Admissions testing 🔗 🌟 A collection of all of the past papers on release to the public. The paper comes in 3 sections and the specification for each is updated periodically so worth scrolling down so you know which papers will be most like the actual test.
Admissions testing: BMAT specification 🔗 🌟 A guide that explains the format of the BMAT, and more importantly, has a syllabus of expected GCSE science knowledge. Not every GCSE exam board covers every one of these topics and it is expected that you will have knowledge from biology, chemistry and physics so worth brushing up on unfamiliar/difficult topics.
700 BMAT Practice Questions by iscMedical: Another bank of questions as well as explanations on how to approach each section which is especially useful for essay writing.
** Medical School Interviews (2nd Ed.) by iscMedical: a really useful book that covers the basics of different interview styles and common questions and can be used for interviews at any uni.
Three YouTube videos to give you an idea about what Cambridge interviews are like!
Medicine mock interview 🔗
Medicine interview tips 🔗
The Cambridge interview 🔗
The Medic Portal medical ethics 🔗 🌟 Medical ethics are a favourite interview question at every university. The Medic Portal has a great blog series about the 4 pillars of medical ethics and how to use them to BBC news health 🔗 . The Guardian Health 🔗
Like current events in the medical world, being familiar with current events and scientific developments even in a broad sense can show interviewers you are interested in the world around you. BBC news 🔗. BBC news science and the environment 🔗. https://www.theguardian.com/science 🔗.
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