On Thursday 11 November, twenty eight Year 12s from the Medical Society attended the Introduction to Medicine talk by Jenny Harrison, the Student Recruitment Officer at St George's University. This talk was an amazing opportunity that allowed us to gain a valuable insight into the medical course at St George's. During the talk we learnt important information about the application process for medical schools and Ms Harrison gave us lots of guidance on the academic and work experience requirements and how to make our personal statements stand out amongst the many candidates, due to the highly competitive nature of medical courses. For example, she explained that universities look for personal statements that show the candidate's passion for their subject, show an in depth understanding and research into the course they choose and highlight the candidate's previous work experience. In addition to the application process, we learnt about the interview process for medical schools. I found the information on MMIs (multi mini interviews) the most interesting, as I had not heard of this interview style before. In an MMI, candidates are given 8 questions and answer each one to a different interviewer, as opposed to a panel interview where the candidate answers questions to a group of 2 to 4 interviewers.
Ms Harrison also explained what the 5 year MBBS medicine course at St George's entails. The 2 main aspects of the course that stood out to me were the community-based placements done in year 1 and the problem-based teaching in year 3, as the placements allow medical students to have many interactions with patients and the problem-based learning prepares students for the situations that they will face when diagnosing illnesses in future careers in medicine.
Finally, Ms Harrison provided us with post graduate pathways, including information about specialist training programmes that are chosen after core foundation training, allowing us to see some of the choices open to us in the future. The talk was extremely informative and has helped us gain a firmer understanding of the medicine course and possible future career options, while also giving us advice on the skills needed for interviews and how to choose the course and university that best suits us. Therefore, on behalf all of the Year 12 Medical Society students, I'd like to say a huge thank you to Jenny Harrison for giving us this invaluable information and advice!
Article by Denushka (Year 12)