The Unofficial Guide to Getting Into Medical School,
Edition 2
Edited by Bogdan Chiva Giurca, BMBS ClinEnt MBA and Zeshan Qureshi, BM, BSc (Hons), MSc, MRCPCH, FAcadMEd, MRCPS(Glasg)

Publication Date: 11 Jun 2024
Awaiting publication
This book is designed to help you become one of the few applicants to get into a highly competitive medicine degree, based on the insights of over 300 medical students across 32 UK medical schools.

Written in a clear and engaging style, the Unofficial Guide offers unique content to help you stand out from the crowd with useful tips and information at every stage of the process. It demystifies what you can expect from the degree, talks you though writing the application, covers what you need to know (and appear to know) for the interview, and provides a full guide to exam preparation.

Updated to incorporate recent post-COVID changes to the admission process, and full of real-life examples from those who have succeeded before you, this will be a much-cherished companion for every would-be doctor.

Key Features

  • Unique, highly relevant and inspirational content, all based on real-life experiences
  • Complete approach that focuses on every aspect of getting into medical school
  • Written by doctors and medical students – full of tips and tricks that work
  • Improve your application - covers what admission tutors are looking for when making their selection
  • Blitz the interview – strategies and techniques, the top 120 most commonly encountered questions, plus all the extra-curricular background reading required
  • Ace your entrance exams – 20-hour preparation strategy
  • Write a fantastic personal statement - step-by-step support using previous successful examples
  • Graduate medicine applications and dedicated section for international students
  • Includes a section dedicated to international students

New Features

  • Content updated to include post-COVID changes to the process
  • More real-life examples
  • How to select the best medical school to increase your chances
  • New diagrams
About the author
Edited by Bogdan Chiva Giurca, BMBS ClinEnt MBA, University of Exeter Medical School, UK, NHS England Clinical Entrepeneur Fellow, NHS England National Student Champion for Social Prescribing and Zeshan Qureshi, BM, BSc (Hons), MSc, MRCPCH, FAcadMEd, MRCPS(Glasg), Paediatric Registrar, London Deanery, United Kingdom
Book Reviews
Reviews of the first edition:
"This book comes from experience of the nightmare that many young students face trying to become doctors. I wish there had been such a useful and easy accessible guide when I decided medicine was for me! I can see it will be an invaluable tool to hold the hand of any prospective medical student and guide them along the first path towards becoming a medical practitioner. Luck has a part to play but preparation is paramount to make it over the first hurdle and this book has it all."
Professor Peter Abrahams MBBS FRCS(ED) FRCR DO(Hon) FHEA. Prof Emeritus of Clinical Anatomy.

"This highly readable book debunks some of the myths associated with successful application to medical school and will be of benefit to applicants, careers advisors and teachers. Painstakingly researched using personal testimonies from current medical students this book succeeds in demystifying the application process. Widening participation remains one of the big challenges in Medicine today. This book demystifies the application process and gives welcome encouragement to all contemplating applying to UK Medical schools."
Dr Kate Lovett. Dean, Royal College of Psychiatrists

"This book takes a refreshingly new approach to the issues of deciding to apply to medical school and the processes involved. It is particularly relevant in that it is written by medical students who have recently gone through the process. The work takes a practical and pragmatic approach to hurdles and advises how to overcome the problems associated with such a new venture for usually young persons. It is written in a light-hearted style and provides answers to many of the commoner questions that are asked by those launching into a new career and in an area that is quite frightening in many ways in that it deals with people and their bodies, their worries and their fears, their illnesses and their expectations."
Dr Christopher Gardner-Thorpe MD FRCP FRCPE FACP. Consultant Neurologist. President, Faculty of the History and Philosophy of Medicine and Pharmacy, and History Courses Director, Society of Apothecaries, London.

"Every entry process has its hoops and processes and `The Unofficial Guide to Getting into Medical School' is designed to help you navigate these and demonstrate why you are special and why you should be offered a medical school place. It is written by a distinguished group of medical students, who have based their book on numerous surveys, discussions, and personal experience. This innovative book represents the definitive guide for anyone wanting to maximize their chances of becoming a doctor. As you go through the application process use this book as a guide through the toughest storms until you finally succeed. Endurance lies behind the success of every great doctor and this book will help you to reach that starting point of the best career ever."
Professor Michael Dixon LVO OBE FRCGP. Chair of the College of Medicine. Social Prescription Champion NHS England. Visiting Professor University College London.

"This unique book represents a comprehensive step by step guide of the medical school application process. Its content is based on real life examples shared by hundreds of successful medical students and current applicants. The style of writing is inspirational and motivational at times, empowering medical applicants to aspire reaching their full potential."
Dr Mahiben Maruthappu. Senior Fellow to the CEO of the NHS and Chair of the UKMSA.

"This is a great resource for any student who wants the inside view on effective approaches to tackling the medical application process, brought to life by the examples and knowledge from those who have been through the process."
Dr Marie Polley. Head, Patient Outcomes in Health, Westminster University.

"I am really impressed with the concept of this book. It is very inspiring to see young students taking the initiative to create such a personal and insightful book. This book could start a generation of students that promote learning from one another and who share ideas to help each other succeed. This is the type of teamwork we need for the future. I am hopeful that this book will empower medical school applicants to take leadership in their own destiny to become the doctors of tomorrow to ensure that the NHS is the safest and best."
Dr Umesh Prabhu. Medical Director, Consultant Paediatrician.
Book details
ISBN: 9780443113383
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Retail Price : £29.99

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