My name is Ollie.

This website is intended to document my journey through
medical school and help applicants make their way here successfully.



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"Every surgeon carries within himself a small cemetery, where from time to time he goes to pray – a place of bitterness and regret, where he must look for an explanation for his failures"
René Leriche, 'La philosophie de la chirurgie', 1951


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If you're just getting started with the idea of applying to medical school, here's some content that I think you'll find very useful.
As always if you're confused by anything you come across or want to ask me a question, please be sure to go ahead and contact
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A SHORT introduction to applying to medical school

This is a very brief guide designed to ease you into the concepts that you'll need to come to understand when making your successful application to study medicine in the United Kingdom. We'll briefly discuss the academic requirements you'll need, the entrance exams that many medical schools use to assess their applicants, and other elements of the process such as the personal statement and reference.


The most important question you'll have to face during the process is the simplest: why do you want to be a doctor? It can be an immensely rewarding career that will offer fresh experiences every day, but this comes at the cost of many years of study, long hours and bearing responsibility when things go wrong. Pinning down exactly where your passion for medicine comes from is one of the most helpful things you can do in this process, regardless of the stage you're at with your application.


My medical degree has not started yet (commencing September 2017) but I've visited the medical school a couple of times and recently attended an acceptance day there, where all the colleagues I'll be studying with came together to learn more about what our course will involve. Note - I am studying a graduate entry course, which demands four years of study as opposed to the five or six that standard programmes usually take, so the points made here may not map perfectly onto degrees elsewhere.

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