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Hull York offer a five-year integrated course at their medical school formed between the University of Hull and the University of York. Scientific knowledge taught early on in the course is clinically-contextualised so that students learn from the beginning how to start thinking clinically. Student receive early exposure to the clinical environment in addition to lectures, problem-based teaching and clinical skills sessions. The course can be divided in the three phases.
Phase one (first two years), during which medical fundamentals are taught, also involves short placements across the year. Students return to the same clinical institution each time in order to gain experience of working with a team of clinicians or health care workers.
In phase two (third and fourth year),clinical education expands through a multitude of placements throughout the year in hospitals, GPs. Vital skills in patient examination and history-taking and clinical reasoning are also developed further in students.
In the third phase, during the final year, students undertake an elective, abroad or in the UK, to enhance their experience of medicine in the world. Students also become a junior member of clinical team to allow them to get an experience of their future role as foundation doctor by working similar hours and rotations between different specialties. This preparation for future practice is facilitated by surgical attachments and an assistantship after graduation.
Students can also take part in Scholarship and Special Interest Programmes (SSIPs) which allowthem to choose to explore and focus on areas of study of interest to them and a chance to enhance research skills.
Students can also take an intercalation year between the third and fourth year to obtain a degree in a field of interest to them.
Hello! My name is Sarah and I’m the former Member of UK Youth Parliament for the Borough of Rochdale. I will be starting Medicine in September and I want to help others who want to pursue the same journey. Firstly, Medicine is a very competitive course (I’m sure you’ve heard this before!) but don’t be afraid, with some support from experienced students, there is no reason why you can’t secure a place in Medicine. The medicine application process requires resilience and dedication, which I’m sure you already have!
My first tip would be to ensure you are taking the correct subjects in order to apply for Medicine. At college, I undertook Biology, Chemistry, Maths and EPQ (Extended Project Qualification). Make sure you have achieved the relevant grades from any other exams in school, including GCSEs. You want to have a set of competitive grades so you stand the best chance possible.
Secondly, prepare for any entrance exams at the earliest opportunity, don’t leave it till the end because it will stress you out and therefore hinder your performance on the day. I started preparing for my UCAT and BMAT exams 3 months in advance and the time I spent practicing definitely reflected the high scores I achieved!
In regards to personal statement, you need to ensure it is proof read by an expert. I had approximately 20 drafts of my personal statement and then finally I was happy with it all. In the personal statement, university admissions are looking to see what makes you different to other students and why they should pick you ultimately. I have always been an extracurricular person and I enjoy doing lots of other things outside my studies, including politics, raising money for charity and volunteering to make a difference in my community. I have also won several prestigious awards over the years, for example Diana Award, Member of UK Youth Parliament Award and Mayor’s Youth Award, just to name a few and I mentioned these in my personal statement. To get an insight into the medical career I would highly recommend getting work experience in either a hospital or care home, it really does give you a good overview of what life in a clinical setting will be like.
Finally, these are just some of the tips mentioned above, if you would like a detailed approach to this or tutoring to get you into Medicine, then please feel free to drop me a message. Best of luck!
-by Sarah, soon to be studying medicine in the UK at HYMS
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