The Plan

I have it all planned out – how to get into medical school, that is. I’m going into my final year as a humanities undergrad in England and in order to get the necessary for life 2:1 overall, I need to get c. 65. this year…yes I’m lazy, but I was also working three days a week last year and volunteering in two different places (where, you ask? A neurology ward and St John Ambulance). This year, I’ve changed jobs and now work as an event first aider for a private medical company which is fairly awesome; it pays more; you barely do any work (which gives you the chance to study), and when you do work it’s fascinating – for example, on Friday I was working with an ambulance tech and we nebulised a kid with severe asthma who had difficulty breathing.

Anyway, back to the plan. Once/if I get my 2:1, rather than a Desmond 2:2, no one wants a Desmond, I’m hoping to go to one of the recently announced world’s best universities to study for an MSc in Neuroscience. And while going from a humanities subject to an MSc in Neuroscience does seem a little crazy; a friend of mine has a similar first degree and is going on to this MSc starting in the next few weeks, and when I rang their admissions tutor, she made positive noises. Apart from the MSc being fascinating, it’ll hopefully be a springboard to a grad medical course, and in the very very very long term it’ll be useful in getting a job as a doctor.

Apart from the whole, getting a 2:1, getting on the MSc course and then getting into medicine, the biggest problem I will face with the MSc is money, but I plan to do the MSc part time, which will involve one day a week of contact time at uni for two years, and the plan at this point will be to do a £500 5 day ’emt’ course which will up my pay to around £12/h and let me support my dream.

Tonight I’m officially allowing myself to start the plan. I’ll be in my venue’s first aid room for another couple of hours, I’ll go home, go to sleep and then wake up to the beginning of year III’s Freshers’ week and hopefully the beginning of the end of my student loan.

Much love,



5 thoughts on “The Plan

  1. I don’t believe you’re as your name sake! At least you have a plan and are following it. Why don’t you apply straight after your current degree, even as a dry run? Medicine is a long slog, that’s for sure but it really helps if you enjoy it. You must really love Neuro and I’m guessing you’ll still be much younger than me when you succeed in your plan and qualify! Best of luck!

    • Ahaha – it’s more difficult to fail with low expectations 😉 I’ve sort of considered that – this year it’s now too late to sit a UKCAT, but my MSc, if I were to get on, would run over two years…so I could apply next year as a dry run. My major worry is that if I fail to get in to medical school, universities won’t look kindly on re-applicants. I really love the idea of neuro, and what I’ve looked at seems to make sense so far, but it is notoriously tricky. I’m not even twenty years younger than you…there’s nothing in it! I like the ‘when’ there, positive thinking is the only way to get there! Thanks, NH

  2. Ah, another co-meanderer in the world of medicine. Good to find you here! Although I have completed medicine in my country (including a specialization in public health), I have decided to branch out and do medicine from the US… again. I have a plan as well, and it scares the crap out of me! Thanks for following me. Here’s to being co-wanderers in this weird and lovely world! Cheers!

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