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What are my routes to securing a place in medical school in Singapore?

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Nathaniel Loh
VIP 152 days ago


19 year old polytechnic student, with a mediocre 3.20 GPA, no CCA whatsoever. My GPA cannot get me into medicine currently so I have plans to pursue an A-Level cert on my own during and after NS. Only then, will I apply for medical school. I participate in job shadowing at NUH, volunteer for TRYBE, I also write unpublished journal articles on interesting healthcare related topics out of passion for writing and medicine (from a layman perspective) and I've also worked in hospitals as an assistant to healthcare professionals in ophthalmology. How else should I go about polishing my portfolio to stand out from competitors when applying in the future? Should I pursue a life science degree and apply to graduate medicine instead?

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Admin DXD
VIP 0m ago
I think continuing to immerse yourself in healthcare would be great, as it shows a real commitment. This could be through volunteering, research work with doctors, shadowing, etc etc. Graduate medicine does sound like a sensible option, in your current situation with weaker academic grades.
muzzlewhispers
88 days ago

There are several points that need to prepare before you apply a medical school such as (Duke-NUS) in Singapore.

1. Academic Transcript: Do well in school because there is no true substitute for academic excellence. 

2. Standardised examinations: Standardised assessments such as the MCAT, BMAT, UKCAT, and GAMSAT are significant components of some medical school applications.

3. Letter of recommendations: Seek out your referees as early as possible, ideally those who can be as personal as possible. Relationships take time to build so invest in them early. 

4. Early application: Duke-NUS has a rolling admissions process that begins in May. The early and regular admissions deadlines are 1 September and 1 December respectively. The earlier one applies the more spaces there are to fill. 

5. Portfolio: Work experience, clinical attachments, scholarly investigations, community volunteerism, hobbies, and other co-curricular activities tell a story that is unique to you. So, capitalise on that. 

6. Application essays: It is important to get your essays proof-read by faculty, physicians, medical students or other people familiar with the admissions process. Keep it short and to the point, with a clear indication of what you have learned from these experiences.

7. Interview: If you do get called for interviews, breathe a sigh of relief, but don’t let your guard down. You still need to prepare for them. 

Ref: https://www.duke-nus.edu.sg/admissions-blog/content/steps-becoming-doctor-7-things-know-applying-duke-nus

Anonymous
87 days ago

There are many medical career paths that you can choose, take a look of this post, hope it's helpful to you.

http://www.nuhs.edu.sg/about-us/work-with-us/job-opportunities/national-university-hospital/medical/medical-career-paths_archive.html

awkwomanly
86 days ago

do overseas medical universities require an A-level certificate too? even without a science background?

Bosty
85 days ago

haha, this is interesting. Singaporean students who usually want to pursue medicine come from a generally, science background. Well, for overseas, I'm not too sure whether they take in poly GPA as their academic cut-off. But even if they do, they might turn out to be as strict as applying through NUS EIS scheme. On top of that, being an international applicant. So it would be tough.

But dis is not the gospel truth, check out all the universities. and email them for inquiry. Of course, u need to have a good GPA as ur first bargaining chip.

Another course of the route, which is even taken by A'lvl students who dun fair so well, is to go for post-grad medical school. Take a basic degree first, be it local or overseas, den post-grads (Duke-Nus, or the many UK/Aus med sch). Ur chances could increase if u enroll in pre-med courses (i rmb Aussie having a few), where u still start of with a basic degree, and as long as u meet their minimal CAP/GPA, u can proceed to med sch. Beware, is a long long path.

curlformula
84 days ago

Some of the Australian universities have bridging programmes for people without a science background. You should do a search for them. It's a faster choice than doing a basic degree followed by postgrad.

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milkywaybank
VIP 65 days ago
You can make it! good luck
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