Becoming a Doctor - Are You Sure?

Medicine is a 5 year university course and medical training and life as a doctor can be tough. Before you apply it is important that you are 100% sure that medicine is the career for you. Below you will find the best ways to ensure that medicine is right for you.

Work Experience
The best way to find out if you will enjoy the highs and lows of working as a doctor is to experience it for yourself. Work experience is vital and it is important that you head over to the work experience page for hints and tips on how to organise work experience near you and what to get out of both voluntary and clinical work experience.

Do Your Research
Before considering medicine it is sensible to get as much information as possible.

Know What You Want This can be difficult but it is worth sitting down and thinking about what you enjoy and what you want from a job. Once you know this you can read about life as a doctor and make sure it fits in with your aspirations.
Read Up
There are a number of books designed to give you an insight into life as a doctor and also help you get into medical school. Our 'Get Me Into Medical School!' book covers everything you will need to decide, choose and apply to medical school.
Insider Tips Talk to medical students and doctors to get their opinions on the current landscape of training and working in medicine.
Attend a Course Attending a medical experience course will give you an in depth insight into life as a doctor and cover lots of information in a short space of time.
Read Our Infographic The below infographic summarises the core information about applying to medical school in the UK (zoom in with your browser to get a good look).

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UK medical schools