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How much knowledge do I need?

From as early as Y12, studying hot topics sits at the back of your mind and nags at you because you don’t know how to to look into them.

  • “I want to learn more about the NHS, but there’s too much information out there”
  • “I need to keep up-to-date with advances in healthcare, but don’t know where to look”
  • “I need to study more about research, but it’s too hard to understand”

And the list goes on…

We’ve heard countless comments like that, and honestly it makes us a bit sad. Unfortunately, there’s a huge misconception about what a strong insight into Medicine/Dentistry is.

Let me tell you one thing though. It’s not about having reams of knowledge, or knowing the NHS constitution off by heart, or having read loads of research papers – honestly that’s undeep!

And so the purpose of this guide is to re-wire your understanding.

We’re going to teach you how you should approach learning about hot topics for the medical/dental school interview in a feasible way, which is going to show any university that you’re a well-suited candidate for their course.

So buckle up for action with some classic Medology Myth-Busting 🍿

Let’s understand the why 🧐

Stop and think for a second. Why do you need to study hot topics?

“To get into Medicine/Dentistry and make an impressive application.”

Cool, but when assessing your application most medical schools only look at?

  • GCSEs
  • A-levels
  • Degree qualifications
  • UCAT/BMAT
  • Personal statement
  • Interviews

Out of all 6 of those things, your knowledge of hot topics would come useful (partially) under 2 categories – the interview and the personal statement. Let’s dive into that a bit more…

Interviews

MMI or panel, an interview is usually designed with an average of 6 main questions which you’ll be tested on. Out of those 6 questions, a maximum of one will pertain to hot topics

Personal statement

You’ve got to talk about your work experience, your extracurriculars, your volunteering, a reason for choosing your career… and that leaves you with very little room to talk about a hot topic that you’ve researched

So… let’s zoom out and analyse 🔎

There’s about a 15% chance of being asked about a hot topic at an interview, and it’s a low priority aspect of the personal statement.

If you agree with that, then my question to you is…

Why are you letting hot topics eat up so much brain space, if they’re not that deep?

So, let us shift your mindset 🧠

Don’t gain knowledge just for the sake of the application.

Research the hot topics you’re genuinely interested in, and the beauty of enjoying your research is that it’ll translate into enthusiasm in the way you speak about Medicine/Dentistry – and that’s what wins hearts in an interview.

So, what’s the aim of studying hot topics?

  • To make you feel confident
  • To fall in love with your future career
  • To make you sound natural and genuine at interview

The Medology Framework ™️

There’s a tariqa (method) of learning about hot topics too guys.

Don’t memorise every little thing

  • No part of this application is a test of your medical knowledge, or ability to recall facts

Rather, you want to learn about hot topics to appreciate the attitudes we need to adopt to tackle key issues facing medical/dental professions.

So no, you don’t need to bang out 10s of statistics to give a good answer – in fact you’ll sound robotic if you do 😬

Be creative with your learning

Don’t just read and let things stick in your head! Remember the time where this knowledge will be most useful is in an interview conversation, so start getting chatty!

  • Give a talk at school about a hot topic you’re interested in
  • Arrange a debate in your schools’ medical/dental society on a topical issue
  • Arrange a workshop for children in the local community to teach them about health
  • Just have a discussion with people who you’re close to!

It’s as easy as 🥧

Enjoy yourself!

It. Should. Never. Feel. Like. A. Chore.

Our 5 Step Approach

This is the order you should go about building your insight…

  1. Be comfortable with the core principles – GDC/GMC, NHS, ethical pillars
  2. Read into some cases where all of these principles tie together
  3. Move onto hot topics – read them and understand them
  4. Mind map all of the hot topics closer to interview time, summarising them into pros and cons
  5. Consolidate your knowledge by talking to friends/family about what you’ve learnt

And boom, there’s nothing you can trip up over and you know your career profession inside-out 😎

Our Reading Guides… 🥇

You guys are in more luck than any other cohort applying to Medicine/Dentistry!

We’ve condensed all the information you need to know into a checklist of 5 key domains…

  1. Key bodies and guidelines for doctors/dentists
  2. The GMC/GDC
  3. Technicalities of dentistry vs important medical case studies
  4. Hot topics
  5. The NHS

You can start your research from as early as you like, but trust us… this is the best way to study hot topics in the right depth 😊

You can access the reading guides via the links below ⤵️

Dentistry: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GCiUdaboa6F9AiSbM4sSHj_SvHO6uqfm/view?usp=sharing

Medicine: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SX_Yj4C2SNLbB5H9jUqqWYq74zEe5eNk/view?usp=sharing

So, what now? 🤷‍♂️

Don’t get overwhelmed. Remember you’re not expected to have the knowledge of doctors/dentists yet.

Gaining a very basic idea of the topics we’ve listed in the reading guides will put you in a position applicants DREAM to be in. Everything we suggest to you guys will push you to go above and beyond!

Even if you don’t manage to get through the entire guide, don’t stress okay?

Just choose the ones you enjoy, and read into them more. But never ever overburden yourself 💙