Fresh new 'mum of a medicine applicant' thread.

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Mindgone Tue 11-Nov-14 11:58:41

I thought I would start a new one, as the last one went a bit 'off topic'! How's everyone getting on? Am so excited, and a bit nervous, as DS has two interviews coming up! How is everyone else's DCs preparing? Also, any tips from anyone who's been there?

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Oyster2 Tue 11-Nov-14 12:48:24

Good idea. Dd has one interview before Xmas and at the moment just keeping up to date with medical news and issues but nothing more. At least no rejections as yet. She definitely doesn't want track to update at the moment! Where are your dc's interviews? Are they MMI?

Mindgone Tue 11-Nov-14 13:07:33

He has Leicester next month, which is MMI, and Durham next week, which is panel. Is your DD's Birmingham? Is it MMI? I must admit, the MMI sounds though!

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Decorhate Tue 11-Nov-14 19:27:50

Oh well done Mindgone I was also thinking we needed a fresh thread!

Mindgone Tue 11-Nov-14 19:34:41

Great minds! wink

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Carriemac Wed 12-Nov-14 12:21:39

Great I'm in ! DS has Birmingham coming up - just had some mock interviews in school which went well, and BMAT was 'ok' apparently

Mindgone Wed 12-Nov-14 14:03:41

Great that BMAT was 'ok'! DS has friends who did it, and said it was horrible!

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QueenQueenie Wed 12-Nov-14 19:17:29

Well done op. Good call.
Ds also has B'ham i/v soon... and also says BMAT was "OK" grin
Waiting to hear from everywhere else (Cambridge / Leeds / Sheffield).

Mindgone Wed 12-Nov-14 19:37:59

Thanks Queenie! Best of luck with Birmingham, and Carriemac too. DS also waiting to hear from Sheffield.

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Carriemac Thu 13-Nov-14 22:40:48

Ds did the BMAT London preparatory course which he found really helpful, so we shall see... Does anyone know when Sheffield start offering interviews?

Mindgone Fri 14-Nov-14 12:57:21

Sounds good Carriemac! When will you know the results of the bmat?

Has anyone thought about, or tried an interview prep course? DS isn't keen, I was just wondering if anyone has any experience of them?

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Oyster2 Fri 14-Nov-14 14:06:16

DD's interview is at Birmingham but also waiting for news from Cambridge although that won't come until after 25 November as that is when they get the BMAT results. Someone she knows has already got an interview there as it's a college that doesn't factor in the BMAT in selecting for interview. Wish she'd known that before choosing the college! I think Sheffield send out interview dates just before Xmas - or was that Leeds...... Good luck to everyone - it's going to be an action-packed Xmas and New Year!

Carriemac Fri 14-Nov-14 15:03:53

Re the interview course, it depends on the school. DS a school seems very on the ball re practice interviews and have a great hit rate for their applicants so he is not interested in another course!

Mindgone Mon 17-Nov-14 10:38:18

DS has his first interview tomorrow! He has only had one mock interview with a teacher last week. School have arranged for a GP parent who used to be involved in medical school admissions locally, to come in and give some interview practice. But she can't come until Wednesday! One day out! (Ken Bruce voice!)

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QueenQueenie Mon 17-Nov-14 11:10:49

Good luck MasterMind wink. Hope it goes well!
Still waiting for Cambridge i/v / rejection here...

Decorhate Mon 17-Nov-14 18:43:14

Fingers will be crossed for your ds Mindgone. Is that Birmingham? My dd is there on Weds

Mindgone Mon 17-Nov-14 22:14:42

Thanks Queenie and Decorhate, will let you know how it goes! It's for Durham. Best of luck for Wed Decorhate, and hope you get good news soon Queenie.

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Decorhate Tue 18-Nov-14 19:58:57

Do you know yet how he got on Mindgone?

Mindgone Tue 18-Nov-14 22:56:48

He was very nervous, but thinks it went ok. It's so hard to tell, and a lot depends on the competition. It was a long way to go for a 35 minute interview! No tour, or chat with current students, I waited in the car. It's still his favourite though! I guess they try to woo them at the post offer days, when they know who they want! smile

Very best of luck to your DD tomorrow Decorhate! And you too, I hope they entertain you, or at least give you time for a wander round the shops! I went there with DS1 last year for a chem eng interview, and we had a lovely day. I was surprised at how nice Birmingham is! smile

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Decorhate Tue 18-Nov-14 23:03:38

Glad to hear it went well. I'm not going with my d tomorrow, my h is taking her. Which I'm slightly anxious about as he's not great at navigating & hasn't been there before... My d is now panicking about what they may ask. Biting my tongue in case I say something about leaving it till the last minute! Durham is supposed to be lovely so hope it works out for him.

QueenQueenie Tue 18-Nov-14 23:09:34

Well done to your ds Mindgone and good luck tomorrow for your dd tomorrow Decorhate. Ds got i/v invite for Cambridge today. Yikes!

Mindgone Tue 18-Nov-14 23:32:04

Decorhate, am sure she'll be fine, the first is always the worst! With ethical scenarios it's so hard to prepare, and tbh, I don't think they want prepped answers, but a real idea of the candidate's thinking and personality. Tell her to relax and be herself, that's what they want to see. I hope your H has a satnav! If not, at least unis are well sign posted!

Queenie, thanks, glad it's done, now just the long wait until March to find out! Very well done to your DS for a Cambridge interview! Very exciting! If you're staying over, get a hotel booked, it'll be a very busy few days in Cambridge! It's such a lovely city, and he'll have a great experience!

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Decorhate Wed 19-Nov-14 13:37:35

Not sure how relaxed she is going to be today - they had a nightmare journey, motorway was shut due to an accident, they had to go cross country. But she has registered now though her interview isn't going to be till 4. She will be shattered tonight.

Decorhate Wed 19-Nov-14 13:38:36

Forgot to say what fab news Queenie! And quite quick considering BMAT results are not back yet

QueenQueenie Wed 19-Nov-14 18:20:28

How did she get on Decorhate?

I'm very pleased he's got his Cambridge invite pre BMAT results - it does suggest his chosen college mean it when they say they don't place great emphasis on the BMAT scores... He is very calm at the prospect of the interviews - I'm the one that feels anxious!

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