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 2018 for 2019 start just bear in mind the dates  and possibly funding might be different.

1 How do I apply for GEM?

  • For 2018 entry Via UCAS  from 6 Sept 2017 to 15 October 2017.
  • 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.

Short talks / videos

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?

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).
  • Short talk on funding 

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
  • Getting work experience

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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