My Route to Medicine

Hey everyone! I thought I would do a quick post about my route to medicine, I’ve probably mentioned it before but it would be nice to have it all in one place.

Throughout most of my school life I never thought that I was ‘clever’, and I think a massive contributor to that was being underestimated by my teachers. Don’t get me wrong, I liked most of my teachers they were really good and very nice people but for some reason they didn’t have very high expectations for me. For my GCSE’s I was mostly predicted Cs and Bs, and I knew I was interested in biology/ healthcare, but I never spoke out about it because I was embarrassed. I thought that people would think I was crazy for wanting to pursue a career which probably required you to be an A student. How stupid is that! Anyway, results day comes up and I exceed expectations getting 9 GCSEs at A*-A. This was a turning point in my life where I thought, wow maybe really can do this.

I had an inkling I wanted to medicine, so I picked my A-levels accordingly. Maths, chemistry and biology (I also did French AS). By the time year 13 came around I was completely set on medicine, I had done shadowing and voluntary work which completely solidified my decision. I knew to get into medicine from A-levels you needed AAA, which was doable for me as I was getting pretty good grades throughout the year. I was devastated when we received our predicted grades as my chemistry teacher predicted me a B, which isn’t bad at all, but I knew I couldn’t apply to medicine with that. The most upsetting thing for me was the fact that I was shot down before I was even able to give it a chance. I decided not to apply that year, take a gap year to wait for my results, and apply then.

Results day 2017! I got AAA! I was so so happy, once again I managed to pull through. I wrote my personal statement, did the UKCAT (as it was known back then) and applied for medicine. Then came the rejections, one after the other. Not a single interview. I was heartbroken. Bristol had been my first choice for medicine and when they rejected me, they had given me the option to study biochemistry with them. Which I did. I was so eager to go to uni and start studying.

During my undergrad I had a lot more time to decide whether medicine was for me, and after researching other career prospects I kept on coming back to it. So, it was decided, I would apply again. My tutors and lectures were so helpful, and I finally felt like my potential was being realised. This application cycle was completely different as I received three interviews and an offer from my first-choice med school!

I hope this shows you guys that not everyone’s route to medicine is straightforward, and its completely normal to try more than once. I had an amazing three years at my undergrad, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.


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