Essential Guide to Becoming a Doctor 3e
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All you need to know about becoming a doctor in the UK

This book contains all the help you need to become a doctor. From applying to medical school through to choosing your specialty, you can find out: 

  • How to choose a medical school
  • How to get into medical school
  • How to survive as a medical student
  • All about electives
  • What life is like as a doctor

As well as easy to follow information on choosing, getting into - and surviving - medical school, junior doctors in different specialties provide unique insight with firsthand accounts of what the job is like in real life, to help you plan and decide your future career path. 

Included in this fully updated third edition is the latest information on admission tests, an admission table with practical details about each medical school (as well as greater coverage of graduate medical schools), making this now even more comprehensive for everyone planning a career in medicine.


Adrian Blundell is a Consultant inHealth Care of the Elderly and General Medicine at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Richard Harrison is a General Practitioner in Windsor

Benjamin W. Turney is a Clinical Lecturer in Urology at the Nuffield Department of Surgery at the University of Oxford


1 A Challenging Career.

2 The Application Procedure.

3 Admission Tests.

4 The Year Out.

5 Choosing a Medical School.

6 Applying to Oxbridge.

7 The Interview Process.

8 Over 21s.

9 Life at Medical School.

10 The Medical Course – Early Years.

11 The Medical Course – Later Years.

12 The Intercalated Degree.

13 The Elective.

14 Finances.

15 House Dog to Top Dog.

16 Working Patterns and Wages.

17 Life as a Doctor.

18 Career Options.

19 Training as a General Practitioner.

20 Training in the Medical Field (becoming a Physician).

21 Training in the Surgical Field.

22 Working Abroad.