10 Days Left Until Medical School

Just over a week to go before registration and freshers week. I’ve enrolled online and I’m even able to download timetables and lectures already. Amazing! We didn’t have this when I did my first degree! We didn’t even have internet or email. Can you imagine that? Looking forward to seeing further advances in university education compared to 20 years ago!

Through the wonders of social networks I’ve met a few of my classmates already, both online and in the pub (well, several pubs. Actually many pubs to be truthful). Most are graduates and some have first degrees in areas as diverse as music, architecture, physics, business… so we’re a random bunch. It’s great to talk with people who have gone through the same experiences as you to get into medical school. I’m the oldest so far though.

Whilst we grads are mostly stressing about funding and maintenance loans, the school leavers are talking about which events to go to at Fresher’s week. I’m not sure I’ll keep up with the youngsters on a 3-legged pub crawl dressed in a toga.

I keep thinking about whether I’ll really be able to keep my head above water in a sea of 18-year-old geniuses? I hope this will help:  Survive Medical School – Top Tips for Tomorrow’s Doctors ” from the Student BMJ. (1)”

1) Malik S, Zarsadia P, Walker J, Mead-Robson A, McCann K. Survive Medical School, BMA, 2009.

Medical School Here I Come

So I’m in!!

Amazingly, I was fortunate enough to receive three offers;  two unconditional plus one conditional offer of a B in AS-Biology. So all that effort at evening school to learn the basic sciences paid off. Plus I didn’t give up my job for nothing. Phew, what a relief! Cup of tea now please.

Yesterday was the day the A-level exam results came out. I’d already accepted my place several months ago but I can identify with everyone else who got in. It’s an amazing feeling. Well done guys!

The first time I did A-levels was 20 years ago! 20 years ago!  I didn’t do Chemistry or Biology and as a graduate I’m eligible to some schools but the number of medical schools I could apply to were significantly reduced. There are colleges offering Chemistry and Biology A-levels at evening classes so to improve my chances, off I went to night school, completing each in one year on an intensive course. Tough while working at the same time but doable if you’re motivated.

After getting in, my next thoughts were “What have you done? Will you really manage financially? You’ve given up your great job!” At my age, I had to and did think it through carefully but you spend so much time and effort and concentrate so fully on the application process, it’s easy to lose sight of everything else.