The Tension Is Killing Me! (+ my Gamsat results)

I’ve had one interview, at Durham 6 weeks ago(!), and the wait to find out is interminable! Durham will most likely be my only interview, as I’ve now been rejected from Warwick and Notts grad schemes without interview, and I’m still waiting to hear back from Glasgow (but everyone who was going to get an interview seems to have already had it).

Durham have said that they won’t give out any offers or rejections before everyone is interviewed, and the interviews won’t be completed until the end of February, so you can probably understand how stressful that ~3 month wait is. Gaah. I don’t even think I’ve got a particularly good chance of getting in, but the wait is just so long.

If you average over 60 in the Gamsat, then the Nottingham graduate programme automatically give you an interview, here’s my result:


So (64+75+48)/3 = 62.3! Success, you might think. But no, there is an individual section cut off of 50, so even with my top 1% score in Section II I wasn’t offered an interview 😦 I’m not saying this isn’t fair, because it is, we’re told about the individual section cut off before we apply. But to miss out on an interview by two marks is pretty disappointing.

My foray into graduate medicine application has ultimately been unsuccessful, but at least it was not a complete disaster – I’ve already explained how close I was with the Gamsat, and I got through Warwick’s ‘first stage’ of selection, even with my relatively low UKCAT score.

The next 18 months of my life, and possibly the next 5 anda half years will be dictated by Durham’s decision. I’ll let you know when I know! No-hoper


Calamity averted

As you’ll see from a previous post I realised I’d forgotten my suit on the way to my Durham interview…This led to an interesting scramble the next morning before my early afternoon interview.

I was staying at the Metro Inn just outside of Stockton, it was really cheap, but so so scummy. Apparently up until a couple of years before it had been used regularly by prostitutes and their clients. To be fair though I got a decent night’s sleep and woke at 8 the next morning to get a £5 taxi into Stockton for breakfast and a new suit at their M&S.

I had my breakfast and meandered into the M&S and spent a good ten minutes looking for suits, only to eventually discover that, to my horror, this, the only possibly suit selling shop in town, didn’t sell suits!

I had to call the taxi firm for the third time in 12 hours and ask for a car to the out of town retail estate, which thankfully had a massive M&S and plenty of (expensive !) suits in my size. Half an hour later I was suited and booted and somehow arrived for my interview, with yet another taxi, an hour early 🙂

So, Durham

I’m a little reluctant to write a post on my Durham interview for two reasons.

Firstly, you’re not really supposed to talk about the interview process, the interviews will still be ongoing and I don’t want to disadvantage any who have already had an interview, and I don’t want to be automatically rejected!

Secondly, it didn’t go as perfectly as I’d  envisioned. As anyone can see on Durham’s website there are four different MMI components; I felt that two went okay, one went less well and one was an absolute shocker. Ordinarily I’d feel that I didn’t have a chance, but Durham will make around 190 offers from the 270 interviews, so I rate my chances at 50:50.

The appallingly bad station was also the one found hardest by everyone else I asked, and this is some comfort. But as I was leaving the station I realised I’d left something I thought the next student would need, so I turned back to get it and noticed a 1/5 on my scoresheet 😦

I’ll let you know what happens in March!