The strategic approach to choosing a medical school
How to maximise your chance of getting an offer
Narrowing down the list of medical schools you are going to put on your Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) form can be difficult. Most applicants take it in stages. Firstly, they look at factors such as the teaching style of the schools and their location. After asking teachers, reading books, perhaps attending open days and courses, chatting to doctors, friends, and family, most people will arrive at a shortlist.
Some applicants, however, might not have the luxury of choice, or they might simply want to gain a place at any medical school. For them, a strategic approach might be appropriate. Strategic applicants make spreadsheets, opening tabs for each medical school. They plot. They plan. They see how students were picked in previous years. What criteria do the schools use to select? What do they require in terms of grades, scores, and interviews? Strategic applicants leave nothing to chance to