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We are a group of hundreds of medical students from all over the UK with a passion for medical education aiming to inspire YOU, the next generation of medical students.

The Unofficial Guide to Getting Into Medical School

Fuelled by our constant passion to help others get into medicine, we have set up a vast network of the most knowledgeable and most experienced people of them all: over 600 successful medical students from all medical schools within the UK.

This book is the result of over 300 surveys and focus groups among successful medical students. We haven’t forgotten your views! The Unofficial Guide to Getting into Medical School is the first book of its kind involving current medical school applicants in developing its content. With your help, we have managed to understand what you want to see less often, and what to understand more of. This book is a project based on YOUR real needs, on the most commonly encountered uncertainties, and difficulties as emphasised by YOU, the applicant.

For years now, we’ve been helping applicants like you to successfully secure a place at medical school. This book will serve as a map, guiding you through every single step of the application process. Make this book your friend, your fellow companion through the tough, stormy days of the medical school process.

This book is aimed at medical school applicants, covering core steps of the application process, as well as tips and tricks from successful applicants, medical students, doctors, and academics. Uniquely, this comprehensive guide is the product of a large network of 600+ medical students and junior doctors who have teamed up to help you succeed.

Professor Peter Abrahams

This book comes from experience of the nightmare that many young students face trying to become doctors. I wish there had been such a useful and easy accessible guide when I decided medicine was for me! I can see it will be an invaluable tool to hold the hand of any prospective medical student and

Professor Peter Abrahams MBBS FRCS(ED) FRCR DO(Hon) FHEA.
Prof Emeritus of Clinical Anatomy

Dr Kate Lovett

This highly readable book debunks some of the myths associated with successful application to medical school and will be of benefit to applicants, careers advisers and teachers. Painstakingly researched using personal testimonies from current medical students this book succeeds in demystifying the application process. Widening participation remains one of the big challenges in Medicine today.

Dr Kate Lovett
Dean, Royal College of Psychiatrists

Dr Christopher Gardner-Thorpe

This book takes a refreshingly new approach to the issues of deciding to apply to medical school and the processes involved. It is particularly relevant in that it is written by medical students who have recently gone through the process. The work takes a practical and pragmatic approach to hurdles and advises how to overcome

Dr Christopher Gardner-Thorpe MD FRCP FRCPE FACP.
Consultant Neurologist. President, Faculty of the History and Philosophy of Medicine and Pharmacy, and History Courses Director, Society of Apothecaries, London.

Professor Michael Dixon

Every entry process has its hoops and processes and ‘The Unofficial Guide to Getting into Medical School’ is designed to help you navigate these and demonstrate why you are special and why you should be offered a medical school place. It is written by a distinguished group of medical students, who have based their book

Professor Michael Dixon LVO OBE FRCGP.
Chair of the College of Medicine. Social Prescription Champion NHS England. Visiting Professor University College London.

Dr Mahiben Maruthappu

This unique book represents a comprehensive step by step guide of the medical school application process. Its content is based on real life examples shared by hundreds of successful medical students and current applicants. The style of writing is inspirational and motivational at times, empowering medical applicants to aspire reaching their full potential.

Dr Mahiben Maruthappu.
Senior Fellow to the CEO of the NHS and Chair of the UKMSA.

Dr Marie Polley

This is a great resource for any student who wants the inside view on effective approaches to tackling the medical application process, brought to life by the examples and knowledge from those who have been through the process.

Dr Marie Polley.
Head, Patient Outcomes in Health, Westminster University.

Dr Umesh Prabhu

I am really impressed with the concept of this book. It is very inspiring to see young students taking the initiative to create such a personal and insightful book. This book could start a generation of students that promote learning from one another and who share ideas to help each other succeed. This is the

Dr Umesh Prabhu.
Medical Director, Consultant Paediatrician.

Our Team

We are fortunate to have an amazing team made of medical students representing almost all 34 UK Medical Schools. They have been in the same situation as you in the past and are now eager to pass on their best tips to help you succeed!