Making the transition from a sixth-form college in London to medical school can be daunting for many students. The initial decision to study medicine is big enough in itself, but the subsequent application process and quest for information can make the journey nothing short of gruelling.
Launched in June this year, The Medic Portal is a resource that helps those who wish to study medicine to navigate the system more smoothly. Their aim is to assist prospective medical students through the key milestones of the application process such UKCAT/BMAT tests and interviews. Tackling what is often a mass of conflicting information about applications to medical school, The Medic Portal provides high-quality learning tools, many of which are free. This all comes with a seal of approval from the Royal Society of Medicine.
A resource such as The Medic Portal has many benefits for aspiring medical professionals, but one of the main advantages is that students are able to access all they need to know in one place. This could be due to the fact that it has been set up by practising doctors; those who have been there, done it, and know first-hand just how hard the process can really be. Some of the resources students can expect to make use of are:
Medical School Comparison Tool: Using this tool, students are able to compare medical school data side-by-side in order to help them come to a more informed decision about where they would like to study.
Online and Offline Resources: Students have access to a UKCAT ‘question bank’, allowing them to get in some essential practice before sitting the exam itself. The Medic Portal also run in-house UKCAT workshops that offer guidance to students in addition to information they can take away on the day.
Free Portfolio:This resource links to students’ online scores, and also allows them to track work experience and achievements, as well as managing applications from day one.
Although applying for medical school is a complicated process, thankfully navigating The Medic Portal is not. The creators of the resource seem to have taken user experience into account when building the site, which when compared to other resources aimed at academics is refreshing. With a clean layout, members are given a clear indication of where to go for information with the use of bold, top-level menus and drop-down options. For those who would like more of a visual aspect, there is an informative introductory video.
The ‘Application Guide’ from the Medic Portal is thorough, and free to all users. It offers students guidance on the decision to study medicine, eventually working for the NHS and everything in between. For students who wish to obtain a more in-depth understanding of medical school entrance exams, access to practice questions and online courses is available, in addition to the option of booking sessions with tutors.
Although access to a wide range of resources is important for A-Level college students who wish to attend medical school, guidance and support from those around them is also crucial. The Medic Portal has an area dedicated to teachers, offering advice on writing references, how to build medical societies, how to advise students about studying abroad and much more.
The Medic Portal co-founder George Rendel has said that the feedback so far has been amazing. “Students, teachers and parents have been uniformly positive about the platform created”. When asked what other features we could hope to look forward to, he said: “Watch this space. We have plenty more features to come on the website, including more learning tools and community features that will allow users to interact with other applicants.”
The upcoming community aspect sounds like a feature that is sure to be welcomed by many budding medical professionals, as being able to connect with those who are going through the same process is beneficial for any student. And as The Medic Portal currently works with hundreds of schools and thousands of medical school applicants across two continents, users should never be short of people to talk to.
Source: The Medic Portal