My Medicine/ PA School Journey

Current Status:
BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science Graduate
First Year Physician Associate Student St George's University London.

Academics:
GCE O Levels (Cameroon): 10As and 1B ( Didn't have A* grades)
AS Levels: AABB - Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology
GCE A Levels: AAAB - Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Biology

Work Experience:
  • One week hospital work experience shadowing doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants, physiotherapists and pharmacists.
  • Volunteered as a helper at a Summer School helping out with and supervising children activities.
  • Volunteered at a charity shop once a week for 3 hours for 7 months.
  • Worked in a care home as a general assistant.
  • Working in a hospital as a healthcare assistant.
  • 2 days shadowing doctors and consultants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • A day shadowing doctors and consultant in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit

2012 Medicine Application (Deferred entry for 2014):
University of Oxford (Medicine A100)- Pre-interview rejection
Imperial College London (Medicine A100)- Pre-interview rejection
University College London (Medicine A100)- Pre-interview rejection
Kings College London (Medicine A100)- Pre-interview rejection
UKCAT- 2020, 505 average (I bet that's like the lowest average you've ever seen )
BMAT- Can't really remember



2013 Medicine Application (2014 entry):
St George's University London (Medicine MBBS5)- Pre-interview rejection then interview then put on waiting list then rejection
University of Sheffield (Medicine A100)- Amended unconditional offer for Biomedical Science (Declined)
The University of Aberdeen (Medicine A100)- Pre-interview rejection
The University of Dundee (Medicine A100)- Pre-interview rejection
University of Southampton (Biomedical Sciences)- Unconditional offer (Declined)
UKCAT- 2670, 667.5 average, band 3 SJT

2014 Medicine Application (2015 entry):

St George's University London Medicine A100)- Did not meet UKCAT cut-off
The University of Aberdeen (Medicine A100)- Pre-interview rejection
The University of Dundee (Medicine A100)- Pre-interview rejection
University of Bradford (Clinical Sciences)- interview (Declined)
University of Bradford (Forensic and Medical Sciences)- Offer (declined)
St George's University London (Biomedical Science)- Offer (Firmed)
UKCAT- 627.5 average, SJT Band 2

I went on to do Biomedical Science at SGUL and graduated in July 2018. During that time, I applied for the transfer to medicine scheme at SGUL. I got an interview for the transfer but I did not get an offer. Going into my final year, I applied for graduate entry medicine but my GAMSAT and UKCAT scores weren't competitive enough so I didn't get any interviews. 

I decided to take a step back and really pray about what God wanted me to do and to surrender my will and my desires for His good and perfect will for my life.  I was then encouraged to apply for the Physcian Associate course which trains you in the medical model to support doctors in the diagnosing, treating and management of patient care. I applied for that at SGUL, got an interview and was offered a place in June 2018. I am now currently in my first year of PA School and I am very happy and satisfied with where God has placed me. To hear more about my story, my journey, or what the PA proffession entails, I'd encourage you to watch the videos below.


Rejection From Medical School (When Things Don't Go To Plan)

Applying For Physician Associate Studies (Am I Settling For Less?)

Medicine Application Advice From My Experience

  • Most importantly, choose your A Levels wisely. It is better to do just three A Levels and get your AAA than do four and get AABB. Most universities want As in both Biology and Chemistry and some can accept Physics instead of Biology. For those interested in doing Further Maths, you have to be aware that not all universities accept Maths and F. Maths as two separate subjects. Almost all the universities don't accept General Studies. Some A Level combinations are:
-Biology, Chemistry and Maths
-Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths 
-Biology, Chemistry, Geography
-Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths
  • If you get 4 rejections the first time, IT'S NOT THE END. It's not about the fall, it's how you pick yourself back up that matters. If it's really what you want to do, then take a gap year and give it another shot. 
  • If you are reapplying, make sure you make the most out of your gap year and use it as an opportunity to strike back making your application stronger than ever.
  • Get as much work experience as you can. Don't worry if you get just one hospital based experience. When it comes to quality and quantity, quality always prevails.
  • Do your research. Apply to unis that will love you. Check their entry requirements, their UKCAT requirements, their course structure and their admissions process. I tell you it will hurt so much if you find out later you just wasted a choice. It's medicine. You can't afford to waste a choice.
  • Don't apply to more than 2 BMAT unis. It's so big a risk. You don't want to take risks.
  • When you get rejected from one university, don't give up on the others. It's never over until you see that dreaded "Unsuccessful " on UCAS Track. A little positive thinking won't hurt. You only need one offer and you only need to attend one medical school to be a doctor.
  • If you get rejected from a university, it sometimes helps to ask for feedback. You could appeal and change their decision. If not, their feedback could help you work on your weaknesses when applying next time.
Wish you guys all the best.
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Thanks for reading.
Have a lovely day.
God bless :)

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