- physical fitness
- Disclosure Scotland
- communication skills
- able to work alone
- handling complex information
- handling sensitive information
- First Degree
- discussing all kinds of health problems with patients, and perhaps their relatives
- examining the patient and either doing or arranging tests
- identifying the cause of the problem from your own knowledge and experience or else from test results
- if you can't diagnose the illness, or if the patient needs special treatment, referring the patient to a consultant
- treating the patient – checking on the computer about the right kind of medicine, calculating the correct dosage and prescribing it
- giving vaccinations to prevent illness and taking blood samples
- consulting with other medical staff, often by letter or phone, about patients and their progress
- keeping records on computers, completing forms and reports, or signing certificates.
- You usually work in a consulting room in a surgery or health centre.
- You sometimes visit patients in their homes.
- You usually work in a group practice with other doctors and nurses.
- In remote areas you might work single-handed and have to arrange for a locum when you are on holiday or sick.
- Working hours can be long (50 to 60 hours a week) with some work to be done outwith surgery times.
- Part time work is common.
- You might have to work some evenings and weekends and be on call for emergencies.
- You can study the 5-year MB ChB course at the universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Entry requirements are 5 good Highers, usually at one sitting, including Chemistry and (depending on the university) 1 or 2 from Maths, Biology and Physics, with English and science subjects at Standard grade or National 5. Although most institutions set the minimum entry of 5 Highers at AAAAB, the majority of applicants have AAAAA.
- Applications are not accepted after S5. In S6 you are recommended to take Advanced Highers including Chemistry and Biology.
- If you have 5 good Highers but not more than one science subject, Dundee university runs a 6-year course which includes a pre-medical year.
- The 3-year BSc Hons Medicine at St Andrews University guarantees its graduates the chance to finish their training at one of the four Scottish medical schools or in Manchester.
- The HNC Applied Sciences (Pathway to Medicine option) at Perth College can lead on to the BSc Medicine at St Andrews University. Entry requirements for the Perth course: one Higher in Maths or a science subject.
- Before applying to medical school you must sit the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT). For entry in 2014 you must register and book a test before 20 September 2013 and sit the test before 4 October 2013. If you get an Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) you can apply for a bursary to cover the cost of the test. Check the website for further details at http://www.ukcat.ac.uk/
- You will require a satisfactory PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) check to show that you are suitable for this type of work. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details.
- You must apply to UCAS by 15 October 2013 for entry in 2014.
- You should be fit and healthy. You must provide evidence that you do not have, and have been immunised against, Hepatitis B.
- It is helpful to have a driving licence.
- able to communicate well with people from all backgrounds and of all ages
- patient, understanding and able to put people at ease
- good with your hands – and gentle when examining patients
- able to handle and remember large amounts of information
- confident – you will have to take important decisions affecting people
- willing to take responsibility
- accurate – when prescribing dosages
- able to work alone and as part of a team.
- After completing your degree, you must complete a 2-year Foundation Programme followed by a run-through Specialty and General Practice Programme. You can get details from the Scottish Medical Training website.
- You can then apply for a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) with entry to the Specialist or General Practice Register of the General Medical Council.
- Throughout your working life you will take courses to keep up to date.
Doctor – General Practitioner
Summary: General practitioner doctors (GPs) work in a local surgery with residents of the local area. They identify and treat a full range of illnesses and sometimes injuries from which their patients suffer. If necessary, they refer patients to a specialist or arrange for a stay in hospital.
Average salary: As of April 2013, in most junior posts (Foundation Year 1) the basic salary is £22,636 a year. This increases to £28,076 in Foundation Year 2. This is supplemented between 20% and 50% depending on the number of extra hours and intensity of work involved. Salaried GPs earn between £54,319 and £81,969 a year, depending on amongst other things, length of service and experience. Self-employed GPs can choose between two different systems of funding for their practices: the traditional General Medical Services contract or the Primary Medical Services which lets the GP adapt the practice to local needs. The income for a full time self-employed GP is £80,000 to £120,000 a year.
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Doctor; General Practitioner; GP
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To qualify as a GP you need a degree in medicine and surgery which is recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC).
What does it take
You should be:
You might enjoy using the Taste of Medicine website developed by St.George's University of London, especially the interactive games and video profiles.
Royal Society of Medicine (RSM)
1 Wimpole Street London W1G 0AE
Tel: 020 7290 2900
So You Want to be a Doctor?
Leeds Widening Access to Medical School Scheme (WAMS) Room 58 D Floor Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology The University of Leeds School of Medicine Clarendon Wing Leeds General Infirmary Leeds LS2 9NS
Notes: Leeds WAMS is run by medical students at The University of Leeds. Its aim is to widen access to medical schools for school students in West Yorkshire. However, its website – although written from the point of view of the English educational system - is a useful resource for anyone thinking of applying to study medicine at any university in the UK.
Skills for Health
1st Floor Goldsmiths House Broad Plain Bristol BS2 0JP
Tel: 0117 922 1155
Notes: Skills for Health is the Sector Skills Council for the health sector.