Graduate Entry to Medicine - Entrance Exams 2009


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This presentation explains the difference between graduate entry and traditional courses in medicine, what the competition is like for entry, and how to tackle the entrance exams GAMSAT and UKCAT required by many medical schools.

The presentation was given at the recent event Exploring Graduate Entry into Medicine, held on the 24th February 2009.

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  • My name is calum Leckie I work as a careers adviser for Careers Group, University of london I have experience of working with the medically qualified at all levels; in my capacity as a careers adviser at UCL and at the London school of Hygeine and tropical medicine, and Ive also worked at the BMA fair. A significant element of what I do is teach on being successful at Interviews, as well as doing mock interviews for clients
  • Graduate Entry to Medicine - Entrance Exams 2009

    1. 1. MEDICAL SCHOOLS AND ENTRANCE EXAMS Calum Leckie Louisa Davies The Careers Group, University of London
    2. 2. Why choose Graduate Entry? <ul><li>Approximately 30 x 5(6) year courses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>take about 10% graduates but this was increasing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>17 x 4 year, accelerated, courses </li></ul><ul><li>All highly competitive </li></ul><ul><li>Differences in funding </li></ul>
    3. 3. Structure of the courses <ul><li>All courses will give you exposure to general practice, hospital and surgical experience. </li></ul><ul><li>Integration with the 5 year course </li></ul><ul><li>Length of academic year </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching style </li></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Traditional’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Problem based learning (PBL) </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Entry Criteria <ul><li>Majority require a 2(i) honours degree </li></ul><ul><li>Split regarding degree discipline </li></ul><ul><li>Some require specific A-levels </li></ul><ul><li>Entrance exams:- </li></ul>
    5. 5. What are they? <ul><li>GAMSAT G raduate A ustralian M edical S chools A dmissions T est </li></ul><ul><li>BMAT B io M edical A dmissions T est </li></ul><ul><li>MSAT M edical S kills A dmission T est </li></ul><ul><li>UKCAT UK C linical A ptitude T est </li></ul>
    6. 6. Why use entrance exams ? <ul><li>Help predict who will succeed </li></ul><ul><li>Fair to both science and non-science backgrounds </li></ul><ul><li>Use as screening process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>as selection criterion for interview </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Exams used by School (Graduate Entry Only); <ul><ul><li>None (Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Cambridge*) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UKCAT (Leicester, Imperial, King’s, Barts and the London, Oxford, Newcastle, Warwick, Southampton) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GAMSAT (St George’s, Keele, Nottingham/ Derby, Swansea) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But Check All of This with each school! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>* BMAT in some cases </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Registration, Test Dates & Cost <ul><li>GAMSAT , </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reg: open 5 th June, close14th Aug (late reg by 28 th Aug) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Test Date:18 th Sept. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>£166 (+ £ 50 if late) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>UKCAT, </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reg: open 1 st May, close 25 th Sept. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Test Dates: 7 th July – 9 th Oct </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>£60 EU (£90 non EU) July & Aug, £75 (£95 non EU) Sept & Oct </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Both – Test centres around the UK </li></ul>
    9. 9. UKCAT <ul><li>2 Hours Long </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple Choice </li></ul><ul><li>Valid for 1 year </li></ul><ul><li>Structural Layout : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Verbal reasoning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Abstract reasoning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quantitative reasoning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decision analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Non-cognitive analysis (sub text 5) - identify additional attributes and characteristics that contribute to success (30 mins) (not recommended for use in main selection criteria) </li></ul>
    10. 10. <ul><li>UKCAT Sample Test </li></ul>
    11. 11. GAMSAT <ul><li>Evaluates; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>basic science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>more general skills in problem solving, critical thinking and writing. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Three sections, multiple choice & essay: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I Reasoning in Humanities and Social Sciences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>II Written Communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>III Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences </li></ul></ul><ul><li>5 ½ hours for test </li></ul><ul><li>Valid for two years </li></ul>
    12. 12. GAMSAT – General points <ul><li>A science background is not a prerequisite and academic excellence in the humanities and social sciences is encouraged and recognized. </li></ul><ul><li>However success in GAMSAT is unlikely without knowledge and ability in the biological and physical sciences </li></ul>
    13. 13. <ul><li>GAMSAT Sample Test </li></ul>
    14. 14. PREPARATION FOR The Exams <ul><li>Visit websites for practice materials </li></ul><ul><li>UKCAT & GAMSAT </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There are no recommended preparatory courses. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>GAMSAT </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-science graduates may need to read relevant basic science books in preparation. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They are taxing but not impossible! </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Tests – don’t forget! <ul><li>Need to check if required by schools you are considering </li></ul><ul><li>Plan ahead for registration & test dates (don’t forget UCAS application deadline etc!) </li></ul><ul><li>Are designed as tests of innate aptitude </li></ul><ul><li>Effects of practice are intended to be minimised but is recommended for familiarity with style </li></ul>