Aspiring medics

School and college pupils who are interested in studying medicine, can find information and guidance about a career in general practice and applying to medical school.

What is a GP?

GPs are experts in their patients. They provide the first point of contact with the NHS for most people in their communities - there are over 1 million GP consultations in the UK every day!

They deal with a wide range of medical conditions and will treat patients throughout their lives. GPs are vital to their local community and contribute hugely to keeping the nation healthy.

Five fantastic reasons to become a GP:

1) Design a career to suit you

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Develop a flexible career around the needs of your patients and your personal life.

Work in a range of practice and community settings and even travel the globe to improve patient care.

Work in your favourite industry from sport and politics to business, events and even the military.

2) Be an expert in your patients

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Diagnose a wide range of complex conditions, both quickly and compassionately as an expert medical generalist.

Play the role of a detective as you make accurate diagnoses.

Change the lives of your patients as you develop an understanding of the people and diversity in your local community.

3) Thrive as a member of Team GP

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Join a profession where teamwork, problem-solving, and creativity are required everyday.

Work with multi-skilled teams in your community to deliver extensive care for your patients.

Help inspire the next generation of doctors as a teacher. 

4) Improve healthcare for your patients

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Be empowered to lead improvements in healthcare and be at the forefront as technology evolves.

Take on new and exciting roles as care for patients increasingly moves out of hospitals and into the community.

Make significant contributions to the care of many millions of patients around the world through research and development.

5) Put patients at the heart of everything you do

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Make a difference and ensure your patients receive the best possible care.

Treat the whole patients and look at the physical, social and psychological aspects of a patients well being throughout their lives.

See patients in a variety of settings including the privilege of their own home.

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Top tips for applying to medical school

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Visit the Medical Schools Council web pages 

They have a list of all the medical schools in the UK and their entry requirements.

It is a great place to start! 

Medical degrees can have different names, but they tend to fit into four types: Standard Entry Medicine (4 or 6 years), Graduate Entry Medicine (4 or 5 years), Medicine with a Preliminary Year (6 years) or Medicine with a Gateway Year (6 years) 

 

 

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Consider the core values and attributes

Medical schools are looking for applicants who have the correct academic aptitude but who are also able to demonstrate the core values and attributes needed to study medicine.

Consider these when attending work experience and preparing your medical school application. 

 

 

 

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Reflect upon your experiences

Most medical schools will ask you to demonstrate your understanding of the realities of medicine. Often the best examples are gained from work experience, caring activities and voluntary experience. However, remember, it is what you have learnt from these experiences that is important – not how many hours you have completed.Reflect upon whatever experiences you undertake. 

Download our reflective diary [PDF] to record your thoughts and help you to prepare for your medical school applications. To find out more about work experience see the Medical Schools' Council Guidance on relevant experience for applying to medical school.              

 

The RCGP is delighted to work closely with the Medical Schools' Selection Alliance to support young people who are interested in studying medicine. 

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