Hi! I'm Ellen and I am a 3rd year medic! Welcome to my "Medic Tips" blogs - start off by reading my journey, which has all the links to my blogs at the end so you don't miss out on any content! I am also a UniBuddy so please do not hesitate to ask me any further questions!
Content: choosing medical schools as prospective student/ offer holder; how to prepare for medicine application: ucat, personal statement, work experience (+virtual); reading recommendations; what's it like in first year of medicine at Cardiff; resources for transition into 1st year medicine and what do you need for first year medicine!
Firstly, if you are reading this with an invite to interview, congratulations! You have overcome the first big hurdle in your journey into medicine! This blog is going to tackle the type of interviews hosted at Cardiff – MMIs with some insight into how they will run virtually, advice for practising and on the day! Read more
As part of my preparing for your medicine application series, I am delighted to be able to provide some information about GAMSAT for those of you who are looking to do graduate entry medicine or wanting to find out some information as an alternative pathway into medicine. As a disclaimer, as I mentioned in the Read more
Firstly, if you’re reading this after having been officially accepted into Cardiff, congratulations! What an achievement and relief to reach the end of your application journey. This blog is useful for all students as it aims to give some advice on what is useful to bring to university. There is also some extra guidance for Read more
Thought it would be a good time to share some advice on how to make the most of your time at home to prepare for your medicine application during COVID-19! Hopefully, you should have already seen the guidance from the Medical Schools Council on gaining relevant experience. This contains some fantastic resources, so be sure Read more
Hi everyone! I’m Ellen – a 3rd year medic! I started this blog, “Medic Tips”, in January 2020 as a platform to provide guidance for the all stages of the process into medicine and in give an insight into a life of a medic at Cardiff! Here is an overview of my content – you Read more
When starting medicine, one of the most important elements to grasp is an understanding of how everything fits together. It can be easy to separate your anatomy completely from your microanatomy and even your physiology as well, but the aim of these resources is to help you see the bigger picture, as well as to suggest some areas of learning which Read more
It is important that you know what admission test each medical school you apply to requires – for Cardiff, it is the UCAT (formerly known as the UKCAT). In this blog, I will share how I did my preparation and further tips. I hope it is useful! Like I mentioned previously, I ensured that I Read more
I just wanted to do a follow up blog from the overview so that I could share some tips and more about my approach to writing my personal statement. INVEST IN A NOTEBOOK This was my treasured notebook (only cost £1!) – I kept all my notes in it from UCAS talks, open day talks, useful reflections, as Read more
Every year, the UCAS deadline for submitting an application for medicine is 15 October. So what should you be doing to meet this deadline? This blog is going to talk through the key elements of the application process and give some tips to highlight how you can start preparing! So what is UCAS? This is Read more
I thought it would be good to have a collection of reading recommendations – tried and tested by current medics at Cardiff across a range of years! This is useful for prospective students looking for some inspiration about medicine and potentially use in a personal statement! It is also useful for offer holders + current Read more
About our Student Bloggers
Our student bloggers are all current students studying a variety of subjects, sharing their real-life experiences in their own words to let current and future students know what life is like at Cardiff University.
Each student has their own section on the blog but you can also ask them any questions you might have in the comments.