Perhaps your students ask, “Is medicine right for me?” They
probably already have the ability to score well in exams and
gain admission to a medical school. But before they make one of
the most important decisions of their life, they need to have a
realistic idea of what to expect. Here are some things you could
point out that they need:
The entry criteria for medicine are designed to ensure students
possess the right qualities.
Your ATAR score
measure academic abilities and proficiency in core subjects. The UCAT
tests cognitive and emotional reasoning skills, as well as the ability to perform under extreme
Interviews assess your ability to
lead, work within a team and empathise with patients.
These are all skills that doctors require.
Few people succeed in any career without passion. Yes, medicine
is an incredibly interesting subject to study, but students also need
a genuine interest. There’s no better way to develop students’
passion than to research the careers of medical practitioners
and read about their journey. Our own Head of Education,
Dr Ray Boyapati, shares some of his experiences and passion in our free Bootcamp video.
Students should be realistic about the commitment they’ll be making. Medicine is a
career that involves lifelong learning. In addition to 5-6 years
of university studies, it can take up to ten years to
independently practice some forms of
Then the real commitment begins. Most people understand the rewards but it’s difficult to get a
idea of the challenges of medicine. Being responsible for people’s health requires commitment and
Before they make a decision to study medicine, we highly recommend
that your students speak to as many practicing physicians as possible,
read case studies, and carefully research the medical entry
Our Head of Education, Dr Ray Boyapati, provides virtual work
experience through his Doctor Chats with Dr Ray series on