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Plan B - Give up or Try some where else

Discussion in 'Mature Students' started by Maria87, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. Maria87

    Maria87 New Member

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    Ok I've decided that enough is enough. It is already December and I haven't heard anything from the wonderful unis. I can't go through the same waiting hell next year, and even if I can, nothing is guaranteed. So, my plan is to just sit the GAMSAT in March and apply to unis in Ireland, because there the selection is based purely on your academic achievement.

    I've been told that RCSI is the best followed by UCD, UCC and then Limerick.

    I just wanted to check if anyone has any opinion on the above unis before I decide on my order of preference?

    Also, I was wondering why the tuition fees in Ireland are insanely higher than here?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Maria87

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    I'm waiting to hear from all four! Aberdeen, Leeds, Keele and Leicester - all for the 5-year course.

    Honestly I am a very good candidate what can I do to make them realise this? Turn up at the admission office and say I have an interview :)
     
  3. Zedd

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    As far as I'm aware Aberdeen isn't really considering graduate applicants just yet, although one or two seem to have an invite to interview. A friend of mine there who is in the third year of his medical degree said he didn't hear back until March so don't give up hope yet :)
     
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    This waiting is a killer. However they haven't handed out all of their interviews yet, some haven't even started! I'm not sure about your four, but I know not all places have begun yet so don't be disheartened!
     
  5. Zedd

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    Tbh, if I didn't have a girlfriend with two years of her degree still to go I would be considering going to China for medicine, or if I robbed a bank I'd consider Ireland too :p
     
  6. Maria87

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    Lol Zedd :)

    It's good to know that Aberdeen still haven't considered graduate applicants yet so we still have some hope!
     
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    Should I have heard from Exeter by now? Waiting is driving me mad too. Don't know whether to keep going for it (Have tried GAMSAT twice now..), or think about something else . I'm 43 so time not on my side.
    Any thoughts. ??
     
  8. Maria87

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    I've just registered for GAMSAT Ireland - bloody expensive fees - 360 Euros!! Why do they think graduates must be very rich and rip us off ?!
     
  9. Maria87

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    I appreciate that some of you may not know a lot about Irish unis to comment on this. So, I wonder how would one go about finding which is the best and worst uni to study Medicine. For example, is there a specific Award/Trust/Funds or whatever that I should be looking for in a uni?

    Should I save my time and just go by the league table?
     
  10. kingdizzii

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    I would very much assume that league tables mean shit all for medicine in Ireland, same as they mean shit all in England. With these vocational degrees such as medicine, nursing, pharmacy etc the uni status does not matter and it makes sense as to why. You can't have someone coming out of any medical school without the sufficient knowledge to practice it safely and effectively. Some unis specialise and can be a leg up if pursuing a certain speciality but overall uni status would not be a factor. Especially something like league tables, what a load of tosh those are! So the good ol' saying of go where you would feel comfortable to live for 4 years.

    That's all I can say about the Irish unis, their position in the league tables does not matter but I don't know a thing about the foundation years except it's different compared to England. Ask a member here called persianmd, he has gone to an Irish medical school and is from London so would be a good starting point.
     
  11. Maria87

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    Thank you kingdizzii. Yeah getting into Foundation years in the UK when graduating from Ireland would be the biggest worry. I'll get in touch with persianmd.

    I know the league tables are rubbish, but what I want to know is which unis look after their students and provide excellent teaching. Not all unis provide the same quality of teaching for sure. For example, here in Glasgow you can get a degree (or a Masters or a PhD) by going to either Glasgow uni, Strathclyde uni, Caledonian uni or Paisley uni. I personally would never choose Caledonian or Paisley and would feel crap if I had to (no offence).

    I guess my question is: If I choose to study in Ireland, I'll be in a lot of debt (67,760 EUR just tuition fees) and I would most definitely want my money's worth, if you know what I mean.

    I think I'll just have to go by the oldest uni and/or the one with highest entry requirements :confused:
     
  12. Zedd

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    The problem with the Irish medical schools is that the most expensive and prestigious isn't necessarily the best taught. RSCI has had some pretty rubbish reviews from students on their course and the same can be said of most of the schools in Dublin too. The best thing to do imo is goto a forum/board that has students from these schools and see what they have to say.

    Also bear in mind that you'll have to do transfer tests etc if you want to come back to the uk to work!
     
  13. Maria87

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    Agreed Zedd - will ask in irish forums.

    So if you're saying that University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin and RSCI are all rubbish, then the only ones left are University College Cork and Limerick!:(

    I'm not even sure I want to risk studying in Ireland anymore because of all the hassle that comes with it later on!
     
  14. Zedd

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    Well, that is what I remember hearing from some of their students a few years ago now but get in touch with some current students if you can. Ireland is a good option for some people I think- if you want to practise in the US then Ireland is apparently quite popular for that route, but for studying in the UK I don't really see how it's a good option.
     
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    Patience...I got interview date sent in December for February then offer in March. distract yourself and keep busy. it is still early on in the cycle. I was 44 when I started at Glasgow.
     
  16. kingdizzii

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    Yeah I definitely understand what you mean by teaching standards, they will differ my unis quite obviously but I'd hope all medical unis were very good. Hand on heart I know no one personally going to an Irish uni to study medicine so you will have to do your own research on that. That said you're young and the cost of going to an Irish school would be very expensive, let's also not forget the hurdles involved with going from Ireland back to Scotland and England to practice medicine. Personally I'd say you would be much better off sitting the GAMSAT and applying down south or go for the Scottish unis again if you were not successful this year.

    IF you don't get in this year is the biggie here, I've not applied to medicine however going by last year it seems you need to twiddle your thumbs a little longer and just be patient. I'd imagine it can't be easy but it's what you must do, hopefully a month or two from know you have interviews lined up. :)
     
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    Don't give up yet, there is still lots of time...stay positive :) and if you are loiking to apply to ireland, I would most definently recommend applying to Queens Belfast in NI!!! but really, they save best to last so worry not (that is the condolation i am giving myself lol)
     
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    hahaha I have not heard from Aberdeen or Leicester either- I think turning up there is the only option lol
     
  19. scooby22

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    I would wait a bit longer as well, its still very early days - the only uni I remember that interview really early on is Glasgow but they interview right through until Easter time from what I remember.
    I know a few people studying in Ireland, from what Ive heard UCD and RCSI are the ones with the best reputation, but as mentioned before they are all equally good as in you have a medical degree at the end - and thats what matters in the long term.
    I have also heard that its a lot easier to practice in the US with an Irish medical degree, but Im not sure on the process for UK practice but Im sure it happens a lot so its shouldn't be too difficult to find out about transfer exams etc.
    Enicdem, Im studying at Queens myself, they are a bit slow to get around to giving interviews (Feb/March)or those multiple mini interview thingies they do now, but they're pretty quick to give out offers afterwards. I had mine on the Friday and got my offer on the Monday so at least you wont be waiting too long!. Aberdeen were also pretty slow, even after the interview. Im not so sure about your other places though.
    Best of luck!
     
  20. Zedd

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    I'm pretty sure Aberdeen interviews graduates later in the cycle. So hopefully we'll hear from them from the end of January to the start of March :)
     

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