Life as a surgeon is complex. It requires years of learning and selflessness. Being a surgeon is not a job, it’s a calling. Your problem solving skills need to spot on, you need to think logically and be able to spot and recognise patterns and trends when and if it exists.
You’ll need a good understanding of science, particularly Chemistry. Chemistry is the arm of science that explains how matter behaves. Essentially, your body is one big chemical reaction and knowing how all of the cellular machinery functions is vital for any aspiring medic! Medicine requires you to be a lifelong learner, advancements in medicine are happening all around us and at an accelerated pace. You’ll constantly be attending courses and refreshing your knowledge to keep at the top of your field. In order to select students for medicine you will need to take a clinical aptitude test, this is called the UCAT or BMAT exam. The UCAT and BMAT exams are specially designed assessments that assess your problem solving, decision making, logic and situational judgement. We highly recommend you start familiarising yourself with UCAT & BMAT style questions as they are very different to normal school or college exams and to score highly you need plenty of practice. To find out more about the UCAT and BMAT exam and the National UCAT Practice Event click here.