The desire to study medicine abroad is motivated by a number of factors. It offers you a chance to experience a different culture, learn another language, build a global network and explore a new country, all while working towards your degree. These are significant considerations that will influence where you choose to study.
However, the most important deciding factor rests on the quality of education you’ll receive – and this applies to both your choice of university and country.
The UK is home to some of the world’s best medical schools. Of course, this makes these institutions notoriously difficult to get into. Competition is fierce among local and international students, and admission requirements are high. A medical degree is also a tough workload; it requires a good command of English, stamina, and top-class academics. All of which can be challenging for a student far from home and thrown straight into the deep end.
If you’re an aspiring doctor with your sights set on studying medicine in the UK, then you need to look at all your options and give yourself the best possible chance to succeed.
At Bellerbys, we’ve partnered with Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) to launch the Elite Medics Programme. The aim of this A-level programme is to prepare talented international students for the rigours and requirements of studying medicine at a top UK institution and give them a chance to secure a place to study at BSMS.
As an international student hoping to study medicine, this programme can ease you into the course material, and help you complete 3 A-levels in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics – critical subjects for your medical studies and university application. The programme is also designed to guide you through any teething problems related to cultural adjustment, homesickness and language.
English is the international language of medicine and a requirement for study in the UK. The ability to communicate is crucial outside of your studies too; it helps you make friends, catch the right bus and generally navigate your new environment more easily.
In addition to improving your medical and conversational English, the Elite Medics Programme offers practical and academic medical sessions taught by staff from BSMS. Plus, current medical students at BSMS will provide mentorship and guidance along the way. As the programme comes to an end, you’ll receive a guaranteed interview with BSMS – as well as assistance with completing your application to four top UK medical schools.
Not enough doctors
The reality is, the UK needs more doctors. Last winter, Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments were short almost 3,000 doctors and battled to cope with the pressures of the cold season. Over the last five years, emergency admissions have risen and A&E departments say they need at least 8,000 doctors – 27 per cent more than currently employed.
Research in the UK
After your studies, you may choose to head home and apply your knowledge back in your own country. Or, subject to visa requirements, you might want to capitalise on the high demand for doctors in the UK and get some more experience here first.
If you choose to go into research in the UK, you’ll benefit from access to leading medical research facilities – the UK ranks second in the world for medical research. Wherever you choose to work, a medical degree obtained in the UK is infinitely employable and will give you a globally recognised qualification. All you have to do is make sure you get off to the right start and give yourself the best possible shot at success.
Special thanks to Simon Mower for providing us with this article.