MEDICINE: APPLICATIONS

SAMPLE PROGRAMME:

Each programme is bespoke and specifically tailored to the needs and interests of the individual student; however, the modules below will provide a general picture of a typical programme created for a sixth form student applying to study medicine.

 

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UNIVERSITY APPLICATIONS PATHWAY

The aim of this module is  to provide some insight into the medical course, while also preparing students for the trickiest interview questions.

Rigorously academic institutions (esp. Oxbridge) will expect you to appreciate  the material covered by all the courses listed below.


It is difficult to anticipate the breadth of material admissions tutors may spring upon students, but this might include: data interpretation, neuroscience, genetics, circulation, respiration, immunity, and evolution. 

University Selection

Choosing your medical schools is a complex process which goes beyond league rankings. The focus should be on finding the right environment for you to thrive in, for the next 6 years.

Will you fare better with more patient contact hours, or a more textbook-based approach? Which universities offer courses integrated with a hospital? Would you rather learn through PBL or case studies? Is cadaveric dissection offered at your university of choice?

Ultimately, the NHS placement of junior doctors is based on their medical school decile performance relative to each single university: being in the top decile at UCL will be better for your career than being in the third decile at Oxford.

In these sessions we would evaluate each course option and develop a customised plan of action to get into the institutions that are right for you.

League rankings are a poor tool to pick medical schools. For example, Oxbridge is not necessarily the best choice for all candidates.

 We can help you pick the best choices for your profile.

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UKCAT

The UK Clinical Aptitude Test is a test used by a consortium of UK university Medical and Dental Schools.

 

Working with us, you will be able to receive fully bespoke  advice on the preparation process. Depending on your stage, this may include:

 

League rankings are a poor tool to pick medical schools. For example, Oxbridge is not necessarily the best choice for all candidates.

 We can help you pick the best choices for your profile.

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EXAM TECHNIQUE


How, where and when should you book the examination?
How can you improve timings within each section?
How to pick the order in which you answer the questions and does it make a difference?

VERBAL REASONING

How do you break an argument down in its premises and conclusions? How can you identify the underlying assumptiond? Which of those, if true, would most weaken the argument?

Quantitative:Tutors may wish to provide data to practice with, and should introduce the topic using some practical examples. Tuition would then benefit most from mutual practice with the tutor asking the student to explain why each answer is correct. Tutors should, again, identify trends and question types.

SJ:This will be practiced and developed in an earlier module under ethical discussions

DECISION / ABSTRACT

Students would benefit most from practicing these with a tutor. The tutor should facilitate independent learning. The tutor should identify question types that crop up, and suggest methods to solve harder questions..

Anatomy

 

Often overlooked in A-Levels syllabi, anatomy is a key part of your interview arsenal. These sessions will focus on the head and neck, in particular on cranial nerves and muscles of the face.


Useful expansions may include a deeper understanding of the heart and chest cavity as a link with current studies;

 

Medical science

 

These sessions would provide you with an insight into recent breakthroughs in cancer research, tissue engineering, biomechanics, and integrated technology.

You will also be introduced to the theoretical approach behind a range of laboratory techniques in your field of interest.
 

Pathology 1: Immunology

 

You will develop a deeper understanding of the defences our body has to protect against infection, such as:

- Lymphocytes in detail

- Complement cascade

- the roles of cytokines such as interleukins
 

Pathology 2: infectious disease

 

You will gain an in-depth understanding of diseases which are superficially  mentioned in your A-Levels syllabus.

 

 but with a much greater level of detail. Material may include HIV, TB, malaria, creutzfeldt jakob, ringworm/aspergilloma,
prions, and Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy.

 

Pharmacology

 

In these sessions you will learn about key pharmacological concepts. 


How can we treat diseases of interest? What is the BNF?  What do we do in cases of overdoses, anaphylaxis, and asthma? How do different drugs work?

 

At the end of the sessions, there will also be the option to learn more about the biochemistry behind different drugs.
 

Data Interpretation

 

You will practice blind graph interpretation, including:

 

- Dose-response curves, oxygen-saturation curves inc. decreasing affinity in Bohr shift  and higher affinity in foetal haemoglobin);

- Inspection of medical charts, ECGs, X-Rays, fundus photography (and other test results)  


- Interpretation of genetic pedigrees to determine a pattern of inheritance;

 

ACADEMIC PATHWAY

The aim of this module is  to provide some insight into the medical course, while also preparing students for the trickiest interview questions.

Rigorously academic institutions (esp. Oxbridge) will expect you to appreciate  the material covered by all the courses listed below.


It is difficult to anticipate the breadth of material admissions tutors may spring upon students, but this might include: data interpretation, neuroscience, genetics, circulation, respiration, immunity, and evolution. 

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