WHEN KEY PHRASES ABOUT APPLYING TO MEDICINE ARE SEARCHED ONLINE, OVER HALF THE TOP 10 RESULTS ARE FROM FOR-PROFIT COMPANIES OR UNVERIFIED SOURCES
PHRASES SEARCHED: UCAT HELP, BMAT HELP, MEDICINE PERSONAL STATEMENT HELP, GET INTO MEDICAL SCHOOL HELP
As demonstrated below, a significant proportion of the low TUNDRA areas in England fall further than 20 miles from a medical school. Meaning they are less likely to benefit from physical, in-person,
Applicants are looking online for resources, but the majority are not free or trustworthy
LEFT: TUNDRA map, with low participation areas, falling further than 20 miles from a medical school, highlighted in red
RIGHT: Map of UK medical schools and their 20 mile radii
A national collaborative student-run website, aimed at medical applicants. The website will be a collaboration between the UK WAMS societies, providing a unique insight into life at a range of medical schools. Ideally, we would like this project to be supported by the Medical Schools Council, and hosted on their existing applicant-facing website. Working with the MSC will provide legitimacy, longevity and the IT support for initiatives requiring video conferencing, live chat features and more.
What content do we want on the site?
Written advice: examples: 'everything you need to know about Medicine admissions tests' and 'hot topics in the NHS 2019/20'
Insight into life at medical school: examples: 'a week in the life of a first year medical student', 'what is like intercalating at Cambridge?', 'my Ob/Gyn placement at Birmingham'
Vlog content: examples: 'a day in my life at medical school', 'how I studied for my maths A level'
What features of the site do we want?
Video conferencing software: used to facilitate virtual mock interviews and school visits, facilitated by WAMS volunteers
Live chat services: used to facilitate interactive Q+As in the run up to personal statement deadlines, UCAT/ BMAT testing dates, and during interview season
References from MSC Poster
1.) Medical Schools Council. Implementing Selecting for Excellence: A progress update. [internet] May 2016 [cited 20 Nov 2019]. Available from: https://www.medschools.ac.uk/media/1207/selecting-for-excellence-2016-update-msc.pdf
2.) Office for Students. Map of Young Participation. [internet] date unknown [cited 20 Nov 2019]. Available from: https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/data-and-analysis/young-participation-by-area/map-of-young-participation/