If you’re thinking of becoming a doctor you have certainly come to the right place. Medlink has spent years helping tens of thousands of students get into Medical School and we want to do the same for you! We know how daunting the application process can be, so we have broken it down into manageable chunks to tackle one step at a time. On this page, we are going to help you decide if a career in medicine is really for you.

Usually, when studying Medicine, you will undertake 5 years of hard study at university followed by 2 foundation training years and further specialist training after this (3 years for GP training and 5-8 years for others). This takes a huge amount of dedication and perseverance over a very long time and so it’s incredibly important to make sure that Medicine is right for you before you embark upon it. Really take some time to think about whether this sounds like something you want to commit to.


Being a doctor:

Unlike many other university courses, studying Medicine sets you up for a specific career path and so you need to know what it’s like being a doctor.

There are a great deal of pros and cons to being a doctor in today’s world. Combining the challenges of science and technology with human interaction is a fantastic positive element of modern medicine and being at the heart of that can be a hugely rewarding experience. We have no doubt that every one of you here will be aware of the opportunity that Medicine grants to make a genuine difference to people’s lives. However, like any job there will be bad days. Breaking bad news to people is part and parcel of life as a doctor as well as dealing with the fact that sometimes you won’t be able to help someone. This isn’t an easy thing to deal with, especially when combined with incredibly long working hours and stressful shifts, and so really consider if that is something you can work through or if it is an obstacle that you just can’t get past.

Get an insight into the life of a doctor through work experience (which we will discuss in the next article) or through going through a selection of blogs from both medical students and doctors alike.


What makes a good doctor?

Different skill sets will be needed for being both a good medical student and a good doctor. You will need to attribute both if you are considering a career in Medicine. The following list are a selection of traits that are desirable when applying for Medical School:

  • Being academically excellent with a strong science background
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Commitment
  • Tenacity
  • Empathy
  • The ability to work in a team
  • Good people/public speaking skills
  • Organisation
  • Leadership material
  • Stress management
  • A strong desire to learn

The General Medical Council’s report gives more information on what makes a good doctor.


Other Healthcare options:

If you are certain that you want to work in and around Medicine, but you are unsure that being a doctor is right for you then you may want to look into similar options in the Healthcare profession. These could include Dentistry, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Radiography or any other Allied Health professions.


Is it too late to become a doctor?

The short answer to this is absolutely not. Many candidates have completed degrees in other subjects or are looking to change career paths. Graduate Entry Medicine allows for this and requires a fairly similar application process as undergraduate Medicine.


How can we help you?

Our website here is a great source of information for you so we recommend that you look through it thoroughly, gaining as much insight as you can. We also run a great many conferences and exhibitions to help you really understand the process of applying to medical school as well as what a career as a doctor will be like.

The Medlink Exhibition: We host several exhibitions each year, all over the country, crammed with loads of medical schools stands as well as work experience placements, UKCAT and BMAT information and tonnes of seminars. These are all completely free for you to attend and can really provide a goldmine of information for you!

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