To become a doctor takes a certain type of person. Someone who cares passionately about the people around them, shows in interest in what people are saying, has the ability to listen, but one of the most important aspects in the medical profession, never to forget is that you’re part of a wider team. Every single person has limitations, and given that the medical profession for doctors covers over 60 different fields of expertise, there will be times when you have to give way for humility.
To stand down from your recognised expertise and look to your colleagues for assistance.
Taking care of peoples health is not done as one person. It’s a team of healthcare workers, as well as working beside carers, families, and the patients in your care. Pressure is one thing you can count on, so you are going to need to be able to cope with the demands of the job, taking decisive action, and maintaining an open mind to see things from the patients’ point of view. Medical school will equip you with the skills you need, but it isn\’t going to be an easy road.
To become successful in the field of medicine, you must have a clearly defined idea of the people you want to help.
Those are just a few areas of medicine you could choose to specialise in, and every aspect will involve continual training throughout your career.
How complex is Doctor Training?
Training to become a doctor requires strong academic skills.
You need those for admission into any medical school in the UK. Out of over 100 universities in the UK, there are only 31 of those approved by the GMC to provide courses in medicine. That’s why it’s so tough a career to break to break into.
There’s graduate courses you can take to support your learning, such as a biomedical science degree, but the only courses that contribute to approved doctor training must have the word “medicine” only within the title. Biomedical does not count towards formal qualifications. It can only support your application to an approved medical school.
With competition rife for medical school placements, the best thing you can do is to start putting together details you’ll need for your application, and if you’re still in school, then work towards the qualifications you’ll need.
In order to gain placement, nearly every medical school will require you to have work experience. To get that, you’re best to speak to your own family doctor, or practice, asking them about the opportunity to shadow them, or even assist with secretarial duties. Work experience doesn’t have to be within a practice. It just needs to be within healthcare. That could be in a residential nursing home, or hospital volunteering.
For school leavers, due to the overlap in exam results and medical school admissions, it’s best to get your application form into UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) as early as possible. What you can do when you don’t have your results is have a teacher or college tutor to provide you with a reference including your predicted A-level grades. Those will provide some data for which to consider you for entering the field of study.
At GCE level, you’ll be expected to achieve a minimum ABB in A-level subjects, although the majority will lean towards AAB or AAA grades. For graduates; a 2:1 will be required, but that differs between medical schools as some expect to see a minimum of 2:2 in order to validate your academic achievements.
Every single award you have should be added to support your application. Regardless the field it’s in, as even music achievements indicates that you have varying knowledge and understanding.
Depending on the university you’re applying to, there may be preference given to certain degrees, so it’s best to check with the university on what they require candidates to have before submitting your application.
Deadlines are on October 15th of each year for enrolments beginning in September the following year. Those may be subject to change.
There’s also a maximum of four courses in medicine you can apply for each year, and when you fill out your application form, you should list your choice of universities in order of preference.
If you want to study at Leeds you’d list that first. Second option, perhaps Leicester, and so on to a maximum of four choices.
Due to the limitations in schools of medicine, it may be that you have to relocate for studying.
Prior to filling out your application for medical school, it’s best to seek the advice and assistance of your careers advisor/counsellor to ensure all the pertinent information is included within your application. Particular attention should be given to your personal statement. That should include the reason why you want to become a doctor, your A level subjects, work experience in healthcare settings, and your extracurricular achievements. Those are aspects that will help make you a strong candidate for entry into any medical school.
Once you have completed your medical training, there are a variety of doctor jobs /careers that are open to you. You could find yourself working in a number of settings such as general practise as a family Doctor or in a hospital environment. Hospital Doctors can go onto specialise in surgery, paediatrics or Psychiatry for example.
A Doctors salary will vary dependent on what area you specialise in, we shall look at some of these now.
The role of GP is to provide continuing medical care for patients within the community of the general practise setting. A GP is expected to be able to diagnose illnesses and problems, prescribe a solution and act as support for the patient.
To do this they must have the ability to take all factors into consideration, physical, social and emotional when recommending treatment. As a General practitioner in training you can expect a salary of £29,700 and once fully qualified and working as a GP for the trust you can expect to earn between £53,800 and £81,000.
Your salary will be dependent on the intensity of the work and the amount of hours you work a week.
These are Dr’s who have chosen to specialise in diagnosing and providing care for children only; that is from birth through to early adulthood.
They deal with ailments specific to young people and follow their growth and development. You would be based mainly within a hospital setting and should expect to have to work unsociable hours that sometimes exceed 60 hours a week.
The average salary of a Paediatrician is £58,000, this is just a rough guide. As with all doctor jobs your salary may vary depending on where you work and what you have specialised in.
This is a Dr who operates to prevent illness and diseases, to fix an injury or correct deformities.
A Surgeon can also be referred to as Medical Practitioners. Some surgeons may specialise and just operate on a certain part of the body or they may be classed as a General surgeon which means they can perform all different kinds of operations.
As a trainee surgeon who is just beginning the specialist training you can expect to earn between £26,000 and £44,000. Should you decide to further your career to become a Surgical Consultant you can expect a starting salary of around £70,000 leading up to £160,000 by completion.
A Consultant is the title of a Senior Physician and they take ultimate responsibility of their patients when they are referred to them.
A Consultant must be on the Specialist Register before they are employed by the NHS. A Consultant will lead a team of professionals including trainees, so the job holds huge personal responsibility. It can take up to 9 years to train to this level.
As a Consultant you can expect to earn between £74,000 and £100, 446 per annum, your salary as a Consultant is dependent on the length in service and experience.