Medicine – Part 2 (Sydney Medicine)

Medicine FAQs

University of Sydney

Course: Medicine (MD, postgrad)

What subjects did you do at IB/A levels and what were your CCAs?

Chemistry, physics, maths, GP  . Rugby

How does the workload of university compare with IB/A levels?

Undergrad is manageable, you’ll have time for a part-time job.

Postgrad medicine is pretty full-on, there’s no time for work.

How did you decided on this final university?

I did my undergrad in sydney too, so i like this city. Also, i heard that Sydney University Medicine is among the top2 in Australia.

What are the cost of living and cost of school fees for the entire duration of the degree?

Annual fees ~$69000 AUD

cost of living

accommodation ~$320 per week

food ~ $20 a day

How do teaching and learning work in your school? Are the faculty accessible?

It is mostly up to you to attend the lectures and do your own readings. Half the lessons are compulsary and have attendance taken. When u dont understand the material, u can email the respective staff for help.

How large are your courses?

~350 at the start, but people unenrolled/repeated the year and now it is about ~310

Are people very competitive academically? How many exams are there in a year? What happens if one fails the year?

Not academically competitive because results don’t matter much; its more about passing, and quite many people offer help to other students, usually online.

There are about 3 major written exams, 3 small written exams, and 1 osce per year.

If one fails, they have to repeat the year.

How would you describe the school culture?

Work hard, play hard. Lots of study-time is required to pass the course. Once its over, people know how to let loose.

Is there an established Singaporean presence at your university? How many Singaporeans are there per batch?

yes. approximate numbers

2016 – 32

2015 – 29

2014 – 10

2013 – 25

2012 – 20

How are freshmen/freshers welcomed to your university?

There is a general Orientation’week for the whole university, when societies set up their booths. U can walk around and decide which one u want to sign up for.

In Medicine, there is a medicamp, which goes on for an entire weekend. it is always quite wild with lots of alcohol.

How are international freshmen/freshers welcomed to your university?

same as previous question. international students also usually look to join their country’s society. eg. Singapore Student’s Society

Is your school “cliquey”?

I would say, relatively, yes. but everyone talks to each other, as good communication and teamwork is required in the course.

Do people tend to hang among people of their own major/course/social class/race/nationality only, or is there a high degree of integration?

As above, moderate integration, but people mostly hang out with their own ethnicity. Asians will hang out with asians from other countries, aussies with aussies, etc.

What do students normally do in their spare time? Have you joined any extracurriculars? How do you find them. 

Sport. Australia is big on sport. I have joined touchrugby and ultimate frisbee. It is fun and important to exercise during non academic time, to keep healthy.

How would you rate the following “scenes” in your college and its surroundings: shopping, drinking, clubbing, fine arts, and sports?

shopping : not much

drinking : a lot

clubbing : not much, with the exception of a few people

fine arts : only the students who did undergrad in artsy subjects

sports : many people get involved. some try to learn new sports

How’s the accommodation? Do most people stay in college dorms/halls, or independently? How should one look for accommodation?

Most people stay independently to save costs.

A large group of people stay in student accommodation (private). While about 15% stay in student accommodation (college life).

One can look for accommodation on the university accommodation services website, reputable public agents, or websites without agents(at your own risk. Flatmates.com.au , gumtree.com.au , etc)

How is the transport like? Does one need a car? If so, how should one go about getting a car?

A car is not needed especially if u live near campus.

A car is more for convenience in other aspects of daily living. Cars can be gotten from private car yards or directly from the company merchant eg. Toyota.  Websites like Gumtree are cheaper, but at your own risk.

Is Asian food readily available? If one is to cook, where can we get the Asian food from?

Yes, plenty of asian marts around.

Do most people cook, eat at a catered facility or cafeteria, or eat out? How’s the catered food?

Most people cook, as it is much cheaper.(labor cost in aus in high, hence eateries are expensive, average $10 per meal)

few eat at a catered facility because its expensive and repetitive.

There are some students who can afford eating out all the time.

What are the laundry arrangements like?

In private housing, usually it is provided.

In student dorms, $7 for a complete dry and wash.

Is it easy to find places of worship?

Yes. Even the university has them.

Do you think Singaporeans will experience a major culture shock?

Not in Sydney, there are many Singaporeans around.

Do you ever feel peer pressure to do something you’re uncomfortable with?

Sometimes, you have to speak to a group of students during discussion class, or speak to a patient when you are not prepared. Those can be challenging sometimes. Other than that, no.

Do you think that there might be any groups which might feel uncomfortable or marginalized at your school?

Only a few. As there are many people from different backgrounds here, most people find others that they can get along with. Open discrimination is not commonplace in a university

What’s the best experience you’ve had so far in college?

It is simply making close friendships with your neighbours, getting a good support group.

Is there anything that you wish you knew before leaving?

Not much, it is not hard to adapt in an asian-populated city like Sydney.

Any final things you’d like to tell Singaporeans about your school?

It is very big, and takes time to walk from class to class. some people even skateboard.

 

 

MMI

MMI Mark Scheme

Our Quintessential Medicine Tutors share some of the common mark schemes for MMI ( Multiple Mini Interviews). Note to pass, you must have good discussion of both sides of the issue with regards to the MMI scenario.

 

mmi mark scheme

UK medicine

Medicine in UK – FAQs

Here are the common FAQs Quintessential Medicine Tutors have kindly compiled for our Pre-U students 🙂

  • Deadlines
  • Top UK schools
  • Requirements
  • Deferrment policy
  • BMAT
  • UKCAT
  • Essay Practice
  • Referee
  • Interview practice
  • Submission help
  • Matriculation Tip

Deadlines

  • 15 October, 18:00 (UK time)– any course at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, or for most courses in medicine, veterinary medicine/science and dentistry
  • Only four medical schools out of five choices
  • Oxford or Cambridge, cannot choose both

 

Top UK schools

UK Top Medical Schools

There is only one non UKCAT non BMAT school left in UK as of 2015/2016

Bristol

Deferrment policy

  • If you decide to delay your studies you can still apply now and defer your start date by a year.
  • This way you can get your results confirmed and hopefully receive an unconditional offer for the following year.
  • If you’re applying for deferred entry in 2016 you need to meet offer conditions by 31 August 2015.

BMAT

  • 2-hour, pen-and-paper test divided into 3 sections
  • Aptitude and Skills (Generic skills in problem solving, understanding arguments, and data analysis and inference. (35MCQ, 60mins)
  • Scientific Knowledge and Applications (The ability to apply scientific knowledge typically covered in school Science and Mathematics by the age of 16 (27 MCQ,30min)
  • Section 3: Writing Task (The ability to select, develop and organise ideas, and to communicate them in writing, concisely and effectively. 1 essay, 30min )
  • Registration deadline 15 Oct Test date 4 Nov, results release 25 nov, no carryover of results
  • How to study: BMAT website, official guide

UKCAT

  • Test period: 1st July to 6 Oct, test dates are weekly, result released on the spot
  • Verbal Reasoning (-Assesses ability to critically evaluate information that is presented in a written form (44MCQ-22m)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (Assesses ability to critically evaluate information presented in a numerical form 36MCQ, 25m)
  • Abstract Reasoning (Assesses the use of convergent and divergent thinking to infer relationships from information, 55MCQ, 14m)
  • Decision Analysis (Assesses the ability to make sound decisions and judgements using complex information, 28mcq, 32m)
  • Situational Judgement (Measures capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them, 68MCQ, 27min)
  • How to study: UKCAT website, Kaplan

Difference between BMAT and UKCAT

  • BMAT is more sciencey, aptitude
  • UKCAT is more medical, wide range of academic, ethics, situational judgement
  • The BMAT as well as UKCAT are taken only once every year; you can’t retake it after you’ve taken if for an application cycle. If you are applying again the following year (e.g. you didn’t get in), then you will need to retake them. The scores are only valid for a single application cycle
  • all results under your name are sent to the universities automatically by the exam provider.

UCAS Essay

Referees

  • Very important, only 1 is needed
  • Generally includes predicted grades, any obstacles they’ve had to face, and their potential and motivation,
  • Why they’re suited to their chosen subject and career path, plus their attitude, motivation and commitment.
  • Skills and qualities like aptitude and enthusiasm, plus current or past achievements that will help with their chosen subject area.
  • Achievements, work experience, and extracurricular activities that relate to their chosen course(s).
  • Any factors/personal circumstances that might affect their performance (consent must be gained first to mention health or disabilities).

Submission Help

Get an expert to vet and handle your submission. Don’t risk it.

Interview Practice

  • Why do interviews go badly:
    • It said “ I had little evidence of caring work experience” “didn’t seem to understand the course” and “struggled to explain what I learnt from work experience”. Yes, my interview went pretty badly.
    • More prestigious schools tend to ask more complex basic science questions also
  • Moral of story is you really need to practice being sharp at interviews!

Matriculation Tip

  • Students have been known to save up their leave to enable them to start school on 2nd year of NS (e.g: graduate 2015, start school 2017)
  • Matriculation period is early-mid October
ukcat

Medicine in UK – UKCAT

UKCAT Guide

Our friendly medicine tutors would like to share more about the UKCAT. So where are the resources? Apart from individualized lessons,  you need to know about all the available resources for UKCAT

UKCAT

  • Test period: 1st July to 6 Oct, test dates are weekly, result released on the spot
  • Verbal Reasoning (-Assesses ability to critically evaluate information that is presented in a written form (44MCQ-22m)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (Assesses ability to critically evaluate information presented in a numerical form 36MCQ, 25m)
  • Abstract Reasoning (Assesses the use of convergent and divergent thinking to infer relationships from information, 55MCQ, 14m)
  • Decision Analysis (Assesses the ability to make sound decisions and judgements using complex information, 28mcq, 32m)
  • Situational Judgement (Measures capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them, 68MCQ, 27min)

 

Study from:

1)http://www.kaptest.co.uk/ukcat/plus

This will cost 60 pounds

2) http://www.kaptest.co.uk/ukcat/self-study

This will cost 155 pounds.

3)UKCAT Iphone practice app

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/ukcat-official/id642347722?mt=8

4) UKCAT Practices

http://practice.ukcat.ac.uk/pages/menu.aspx?pack=2a35c9e1-ef11-449f-9762-3d5a3692550f

Main tips:

  1. is to understand the concepts, if you get something wrong, make sure you correct the concept, not just knowing the answer for the sake of memorizing as questions may not be repeated.
  2. Practice practice practice

If you’re still not confident, further practices:

http://www.themedicportal.com/e-learning/ukcat/

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/UKCAT

https://www.medify.co.uk/ukcat-online-course

http://www.blackstonetutors.co.uk/free-ukcat-practice-questions.html

Must know from official UKCAT website: 

1)UKCAT official guide

http://www.ukcat.ac.uk/App_Media/uploads/guide-2015/UKCAT_Guide_15.html#p=1

2)UKCAT video guide

http://www.ukcat.ac.uk/app_media/uploads/ukcat-tutorial/story.html

3)Computer interface familiarization with UKCAT

http://www.ukcat.ac.uk/tour/

 

Good student website forums:

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/UKCAT

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1736183

Glasgow Medicine

Medicine – Part 1 (Glasgow Medicine)

Glasgow Medicine FAQs

University: University of Glasgow

Course: 5-year medical degree (MBChB)

What subjects did you do at IB/A levels and what were your CCAs?

I did Triple Science in Hwa Chong Junior College – Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Advanced Mathematics; and my CCAs included Basketball, the Health and Fitness Club, as well being a CIP ambassador helping underprivileged children.

How does the workload of universitiy compare with IB/A levels?

You have much more control of your time in University compared to A levels. My course was a problem-based-learning (PBL) one, meaning that you have to be in charge of your own learning as classes were on average 3-5 hours per day, as compared to 8-10 hours that you usually spend in Junior College. This ensures that you develop independence and critical thinking during the course of study.

How did you decided on this final university?

Glasgow is internationally renowned for medicine, with many of the notable physicians coming from this school. This includes Joseph Lister, Pioneer of antiseptics and antibiotics; Ian Macdonald, obstetrician, and inventor of medical ultrasound); and Professor Harry Burns, to name a few.

What are the cost of living and cost of school fees for the entire duration of the degree?

During my year, the fees were set at 19,600 pounds per year (not subject to inflation).

The cost of living, including accommodation entertainment and travel is estimated to be 6,500 pounds in my year in 2011

How do teaching and learning work in your school? Are the faculty accessible?

As mentioned, mine was a PBL course. This allows students to brainstorm over particular topics in anatomy/physiology/pathology/biochemistry which have clinical relevance over the first three years, being facilitated by faculty. Over the last two years, the time is spend in a clinical setting within the Glasgow Hospitals. Yes the faculty are very approachable and you have various advisors in the school.

How large are your courses?

250 students, roughly 50 are international.

Are people very competitive academically? How many exams are there in a year? What happens if one fails the year?

Yes, all medical students are very competitive. This is the same in Scotland. There is usually only one final examination at the end of the academic year. However, elective and special study modules have their own separate tests.
You have a chance to retake the exam (supplementary exam). If you fail that, you get retained.

How would you describe the school culture?

Friendly, research oriented, and enriching.

Is there an established Singaporean presence at your university? How many Singaporeans are there per batch?

There is a modest presence. 8 students in my batch. Varies from 6-10.

How are freshmen/freshers welcomed to your university?

More than 7,000 across the various faculties

How are international freshmen/freshers welcomed to your university?

You are free to join freshers’ week which is a week long orientation program. There are various other clubs/societies which will make you feel welcome

Is your school “cliquey”?

Not really. Having said that, some Asians do like to mix only with Asians.

Do people tend to hang among people of their own major/course/social class/race/nationality only, or is there a high degree of integration?

I integrated particularly well with Scottish, Polish, Malaysian and English students. I can’t say the same for every other International student.

What do students normally do in their spare time? Have you joined any extracurriculars? How do you find them?

Scottish people love hanging out in the pubs drinking and watching football. I partook in this activity occasionally. Yes, I joined the Medics Basketball club. You can find more details on the University webpage.

How would you rate the following “scenes” in your college and its surroundings: shopping, drinking, clubbing, fine arts, and sports?

Shopping: 8/10 Drinking 9/10 Clubbing 6/10 Fine arts 9/10 Sports 9/10

How’s the accommodation? Do most people stay in college dorms/halls, or independently? How should one look for accommodation?

You have a wide range of choices from University based accommodation (I stayed at Cairncross House and Kelvinhaugh Gate); private accommodation (flats or houses) or hospital accommodation. The University webpage would be the best first place to look for. A simple google search would suffice.

 

How is the transport like? Does one need a car? If so, how should one go about getting a car?

Subway is the main way people get around. You can get a cheap car for less than 5000 dollars (second hand). Check on Glasgow gumtree, there are good prices on second hand cars there.

Is Asian food readily available? If one is to cook, where can we get the Asian food from?

Yes. A particularly good restaurant is Asia Style. If you want to cook, buy groceries from Morrisons. They have a good supply there

Do most people cook, eat at a catered facility or cafeteria, or eat out? How’s the catered food?

They usually eat out. I was not at a catered hall so I cannot comment. From what my friends have mentioned, Wolfson Hall (the only catered hall) serves pretty decent food.

What are the laundry arrangements like?

50 cents per wash in the Uni halls. You have to check the private ones yourself as I did not use them.

Is it easy to find places of worship?

Yes, Turnbull Catholic Hall was where I worshipped. There are various other organizations throughout the University which you can find places of worship including Buddhist, Taoist, Christian, Anglican etc.

Do you think Singaporeans will experience a major culture shock?

Nope. Its very easy to integrate in Scotland.

Do you ever feel peer pressure to do something you’re uncomfortable with?

Nope. I’m in control of my own life.

Do you think that there might be any groups which might feel uncomfortable or marginalized at your school?

Unless you are antisocial and unpleasant, No.

What’s the best experience you’ve had so far in college?

As the Glasgow Medic Basketball team, we travelled to Dundee and won the basketball competition there!

Is there anything that you wish you knew before leaving?

Perhaps to meet up more with seniors from the school to get a better idea about life, and make friends prior to starting school

Any final things you’d like to tell Singaporeans about your school?

Glasgow is an amazing city, and very good medical school. I would strongly advise you to apply for this school as it is internationally renowned, relatively cheap(er) compared to London, and has various things to do in the night/daytime. Cheers!

 

Studying Medicine

Editing Essays – Part 1 (Medicine)

Here, we share with you common pitfalls and improvements that one can make to an essay with help and advice.

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Note the use of “gratifying prestige” and *no recognition of the long and arduous journey of medicine”. Here’s what an improved essay draft could look like:

edited essay

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