Shadowing a Doctor

July 18, 2014

Applying to medical school is an expensive, time-consuming process. If you are planning on following this path, there are a few things you should do to pave the way for a smooth and successful application.

With one of the newborns 1. Meet with a careers advisor advisor at your school

Build a relationship with the advisor at your school. They are an invaluable resource during your application process. Your pre-health advisor can help you plan out your course schedule to ensure that you complete all the requirements and mandatory pre-medical coursework.

Advisors can help you plan your application and other requirements. They can even advise you as to the best time to take your UKCAT or other admission exams. 

2. Get some experience in the medical field

Getting some experience in the medical field serves several important purposes:

  • It will help enhance your medical school application
  • It gives you the chance to see if this career choice is the right one for you
  • You get the opportunity to network with other like-minded professionals
  • You have plenty to build your cv with

So how do you get this invaluable experience? You can volunteer or work in any local health care related setting or organisation or register for a medical placement in a developing country where you can get invaluable experience in international health care. Also consider internships and research opportunities at health care facilities or research institutions in and around your community. Shadowing a health professional is another excellent way to find out if a career in medicine is right for you.

3. Compare various medical schools and the programmes they offer 

Don’t just choose a school because you’ve heard how good it is. It is more important to do your research and choose a school that meets your goals and your requirements rather than go by hearsay. Compare the different curricula, program offerings, mission statements, statistics about entering classes and all other details about each medical school before putting it on your shortlist. 

4. Explore the different fee assistance programmes available

Applying to medical school is expensive. You have to pay for the admissions exams, application fees, preparation materials and more. Depending on how far the school is, there are also the travel expenses if you are called for the interview and of course the high tuition fees. Fortunately, students in the UK have access to several fee assistance programmes. However, each of these programs has a different eligibility criteria and each one has their own rules and regulations regarding loan repayments. Look into each one of these and see which ones you can avail of to help you ease your financial burden.