Graduate entry to medicine (GEM) 5 top tips

medicineIt’s the time of year for making applications to graduate entry into medicine – the deadline is fast approaching. If you are thinking of applying in 2017 just bear in mind the dates  and possibly funding might be different.

1 How do I apply for GEM?

  • Via UCAS by 15 October. You may also need to one of the 3 commonly used entrance tests (BMAT, GAMSAT or UKCAT), these are sat the year you make your application and often need to be applied to before the UCAS 15 Oct deadline.

2 Do I have to pay tuition fees?

  • Yes, if on a standard 5 year course you will need to pay almost all the fees WITHOUT access to the Student Loans Company  – SLC.
  • If on a 4 year graduate accelerated course you will be eligible for part payment of year 1 fees, for the remaining years you can access bursaries and loans from the NHS and SLC (depending on personal circumstances).

3 Do I have to have a 2:1 or higher?

  • Not necessarily, but may need a higher qualification or substantial experience.

4 What sort of experience should I have?

  • Experience that demonstrates your understanding of medicine as a profession.
  • Ideally some time spent within a clinical setting or talking with clinicians.
  • Experience of caring for others.
  • Experience in non-clinical setting can also be a valuable way of demonstrating a range of skills such as working under pressure and dealing with competing demands on your time (work and study).

5 How can I gain experience?

  • By volunteering, through part-time work, through contacts, talking to academic staff. Shadowing medical students, doctors in hospitals / GPs

Find out more by downloading the guide , includes information on required GCSE & A level subjects.

Advice for your UCAS personal statement here

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