Careers in medicine

Considering a career as a doctor?

For some, deciding to become a doctor is a lifelong ambition. Or it could stem from a life-changing moment. But no matter who you are, or where you are from, anyone who has the ability and motivation can apply to study medicine and healthcare.

The path to applying to medical school can be somewhat confusing. So the RSM has put together a service for school students, which aims to provide all the information you need to navigate your way through the application process and get into medical school.


Register for the RSM's careers service

School students who are thinking of studying medicine, can register free of charge for the RSM's careers service which provides information about relevant events, training courses and updates on medical careers. 


Getting into medical school

We’ve put together some handy tips on all the things you need to help you become a doctor, from what subjects to study at GCSE and A-Level to applying for medical school and selecting the best qualification for you. 

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The Medic Portal

The Medic Portal is the definitive online resource for everyone who wants a career in medicine — and for those that advise them. The platform includes:

  • A free 100-page medicine application guide
  • Medical school entry requirements tool
  • UKCAT Practice - 1300+ questions in a realistic UKCAT setting
  • Teacher services - a dedicated section for those advising applicants
  • Personal portfolio - a free tool for tracking scores and work experience




Filmed at past schools meetings, these videos are here to help students who are thinking of applying for medicine, covering topics such as applying for medical school, aptitude testing, qualification types and much more.



Easter lecture for young people meeting report

Every year the RSM holds an Easter lecture for young people to give school students who aspire to a career in medicine an opportunity to learn more about medicine and healthcare. Each talk covers a particular medical specialty. The 2015 lecture was given by Richard Budgett, Scientific Director of the International Olympic Committee, about sports and exercise medicine. Year 11 student, Emma Liverseidge was at the lecture and has written a compelling report on the meeting and how it has inspired her. 


Guides for medical students


Thinking about a career in anaesthetics?

Read our booklet which aims to provide an insight into some of the various career opportunities that anaesthetics can offer and its training pathways.

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