When people apply for Medicine, it is sometimes for the wrong reasons – social status and wealth. However, those who are doctors will definitely tell you: Medicine is not a degree to get in to for either of those reasons. It should and has always be because the student has an innate belief and aspiration to live a purpose driven life – a life to help the sick. A life where you would sacrifice your comfort for others who need you.
We mention this now because before we tell you anything else, you must aspire to do Medicine for the right reasons. It is easy to say, “I wish to do medicine because I want to help patients.” Should you get an interview (remember not all candidates receive an interview) interviewers can then ask, “Then why not nursing instead of Medicine?” What would you say? Food for thought, people.
Therefore, here is our key advice in maximising your potential to getting into Medicine. If you still struggle with finding your purpose to do medicine, perhaps you could talk to one of our support team by e-mailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org to speak to one of our head mentors. Watch the inspiration videos of two doctors who tell their personal stories of what motivated them to become a doctor.
Every doctor has a story to tell, why they chose medicine, what inspired them and why they chose their specialties. We at UCAT Preparation feel that although it is important that we work hard academically to become doctors, we should not forget the rewarding work that we are striving to do.
Being a doctor changes lives, is naturally rewarding work, but the truth is that the job at times can be grim as well as uplifting. As difficult as it is to gain entry into Medicine, we hope that Heather’s story inspires our students to become exceptional doctors.
Have the right reason for becoming a doctor – the type of doctor as well. Research into specialties and discuss this with your parents. Being a doctor means decades of study and you must be aware of that. Studying becomes a part of your lifestyle as a doctor and therefore if you dislike learning or studying, Medicine is not for you.
Take part in medical community service such as a stint at a nursing home or try to gain some work experience at a hospital. This should give you insight into the world of medicine but just as importantly, make your application stronger. Others including taking part in charities, such as Daffodil Day that supports the Cancer Council is one such example. It shows your genuine interest to study medicine.
Dr Safwan Jaradeh, MD is a neurologist whose aspirations to study medicine was inspired by family members who fell ill. He was driven to become a doctor because his ignorance frustrated him.
Becoming a doctor allowed Dr. Jaradeh to help not just his family but others as well. Listen to his story and be inspired!
It may be too late for some, but those who have chosen extension subjects are more likely to gain higher grades. Think of it this way. If you choose 12 units of very easy subjects and gain a high rank, your mark will always be comparatively lower than someone who gained the same mark as you in more difficult subjects. For instance, a student chose 2 units of hospitality and another student chose 2 units in chemistry. They both received a raw mark of 85. Two things can happen.
The student who did chemistry will get a better scaled mark, or the student who did hospitality will receive a lower mark. Usually the chemistry students will receive a better scaled mark – perhaps 93. This is why subject choice is very important. Moreover students who did Extension 2 or Extension 1 for a subject is likely to have their grade scaled higher as the subject itself is more difficult. Currently the highest scaling subject in NSW is currently Extension Latin, and then 4 unit maths.
At school, show leadership skills that could be put on record by your school. For instance, being a prefect or school captain is ideal. It shows that you have the capacity to organise and lead teams, which is a valuable and necessary quality for a doctor working in a hospital to possess.
Your marks at school for Year 12 must be impeccable. Candidates who have topped their grades in all their subjects stand a good chance. Receiving Band 6 (90-100) as your mark is ideal. We recommend that you aim to be in the top three of every subject or at least most at school.
Moreover work on your interpersonal skills. This is extremely important when you are working with people who are ill. The purpose of the UCAT exam is to glean out students who lack appropriate verbal, decision making or situational judgements. In cases where you have difficulty answering questions, ask for more information so that you can provide a more constructed answer. What can be worse than saying, “I don’t know.”?
Aim for exceptionally high marks and don’t let one poor exam let you down. If you did not perform superbly in your internal exams, but performed exceptionally well in your HSC, your internal exam marks can be scaled up.
Start our UCAT Preparation as soon as possible. Treat it like any other subject. You have to take care of your UCAT grade as seriously as your school subjects, The only problem is, it cannot be taught and can only be practiced. This is where we come in. We want you to succeed and get into medicine or dentistry. That is the core mission of our program. We understand that there are other private colleges that make claims for UCAT, but UCAT ANZ has only been introduced to Australia this year but in the UK for 12 years. Our program is based on the UK UCAT known as UKCAT and therefore our resources are legitimate, reliable and examined by psychologists, doctors, academics and people from MENSA (a global high IQ society). Good luck! Should you have any questions please e-mail us at email@example.com.