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Medical school application checklist
Applying for medical school? Written your application? Included everything they asked for? You sure? Eleni Cashell, Editor of Whatuni, shares a checklist so you can double and triple check your application before you hit send.
Last year there were 14,820 applications from UK students trying to get a medical school place. So how can you stand out from the crowd? Using this checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten the key information is a good start…
Have you included the basics?
Amongst all the stresses and frustrations of writing a medical application it’s easy to forget the key stuff that the admissions team will want to know. I’m talking about the correct educational background, correct estimated grades, and the following point...
Have you explained why you want to study medicine?
Because medicine isn’t the easiest of subjects to study, medical schools want students who are passionate and knowledgeable about it before they’ve even started, so they know they won’t give up at the first hurdle. They also want to know you aren’t just applying for medicine because there wasn’t room on another course.
So, make sure your application makes it crystal clear why you want to study medicine in the first place, that you understand what the profession involves and how passionate you are about it.
Have you included relevant work experience?
Whether you volunteered in a local hospital or briefly worked at a GPs, make sure you not only mention any relevant work experience, but also include what you learnt from the experience and why it’s relevant for a medical course.
This shows the admissions team this is a career you’ve been thinking about and planning for a while and isn’t just a last-minute decision.
Is it obvious that you’re a relevant candidate?
You can have all the necessary work experience, passion and drive, but if your application doesn’t make it clear why everything you’ve done is relevant for a medical course, then you may find it doesn’t go far.
Do you sound like a good candidate?
When you read it, do you sound like a good candidate? Are you selling your strengths in an enthusiastic and confident way or are you being a little modest? If it’s the latter, rewrite immediately, you’re applying to medical school, ditch modesty and get your star to shine as brightly as possible.
Are there any “exaggerations” in there?
While it may be tempting to exaggerate here and there about your skills to stand out from the crowd, never, ever, ever lie on your application. The admissions team will always figure it out in the end, and the best scenario is an incredibly awkward interview followed by a rejection letter.
Has someone else read it?
You may have read and re-read it a million times and not have spotted a single spelling error or poorly structured sentence, but when you’ve worked so closely on something for so long, mistakes can slip through. Make sure you get friends or family to check it over, they’ll spot any errors and may also be able to make suggestions to improve it.