Advice from Old Girl on getting into Medical School

Alice PenningtonOn Monday 24th June, we were delighted to welcome back 2013 Leaver, Dr Alice Pennington. Having just completed six years of studying Medicine at Cardiff University, which included an intercalated year in Neuroscience, Alice kindly came back to St Mary’s to talk to our aspiring LVI Form (Year 12) Medics, before taking up her first appointment as a newly qualified junior doctor working with Geriatric and Stroke patients at Gloucester Royal Hospital.

Alice talked about the different parts of an application to Medical School and gave lots of helpful advice. From how to make the most of work experience, to reading around the subject, personal statements and interviews, the girls gained a real insight into what they needed to be thinking about as they embark on their summer holidays. She also discussed how Medical Schools varied in terms of their approach to teaching and emphasised that you have to choose the best fit for you. Alice talked about her own experiences as a Medical student and the challenges and opportunities she had along the way. There were lots of questions from the girls and they certainly left with a holistic overview of the process and what to expect once they arrive at university.

Miss Lianne Aherne, Director of Sixth Form, Higher Education & Professional Guidance