Study Medicine Abroad
Applying to study medicine abroad is a popular choice but one which can be quite challenging. The purpose of our unique workshops is to prepare candidates for the additional entry examinations associated with studying medicine in Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, or Poland, as well as for your interview. Elab’s many years of experience have given us an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the complex application process. Our GetinMed Programme is designed to help you maximise your chances of submitting a successful application to study medicine and prepare you for BMAT, UCAT, HPAT or IMAT entrance exams.
UK - BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)
A number of British universities require students who wish to study medicine, dentistry and veterinary science to sit the BMAT. The examination is made up of three sections: one essay and two sets of questions. It tests applicants’ problem-solving skills, understanding of arguments and data analysis, and their ability to write concisely.
The following universities require candidates to sit the BMAT: Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Imperial College, London, Lancaster University, University College, London, University of Cambridge, University of Leeds, University of Oxford.
UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)
The majority of British medical schools require candidates to sit the UCAT. The examination is made up of five sections:
- Verbal Reasoning
- Decision Making.
- Quantitative Reasoning.
- Abstract Reasoning.
- Situational Judgement.
The UCAT test is computer based and can be sat at a Pearson VUE Test Centre or at home
IRELAND - Health Professions Admission Test (HPAT)
HPAT is a mandatory admissions test used to assist with the selection of students into medicine and health profession degree programs in Ireland. HPAT measures a candidate’s logical reasoning and problem-solving skills as well as nonverbal reasoning and the ability to interpret people’s thoughts, behaviour and intentions. The test is made up of three sections:
- Logical reasoning and problem-solving (text-based or data interpretation)
- Understanding and interpreting people: using a series of scenarios, which describe people and their interactions.
- Non- Verbal Reasoning - to assess your ability to reason in the abstract and solve problems in non-verbal contexts.
Applicants to the University of Limerick for Occupational Therapy, or Speech and Language Therapy will also be required to sit a one hour written English component composed of two essays.
ITALY - International Medical Admissions Test(IMAT)
IMAT is a subject-specific admissions test in English for applicants to medicine in Italy and forms part of the admissions process for a number of Italian universities. These universities offer undergraduate courses that are taught in English and open to applicants outside of Italy, examples being the Universities of Milan, Sapienza, Bari, Padua, Siena and Rome. There are many more.
- Section 1: Logical reasoning, problem-solving and general knowledge.
- Section 2, 3 and 4: Scientific Knowledge - to test the candidate's ability to apply scientific knowledge from school science made up of 38 multiple-choice questions:
POLAND– General Admission Requirements
Universities in Poland offering English language courses in medicine, veterinary sciences, pharmacy or dentistry have their own entrance requirements. These generally include a review of your school results and a local entrance exam to check competency in certain science subjects and possibly an interview. Contact Elab for more details.
Outline of our programme
GETinMED comprises a series of revision workshops run twice a month on weekends by senior medical students, or newly qualified doctors from Great Britain, Ireland, or Italy. These workshops provide essential additional information and are particularly helpful in familiarising participants with Medical English, which is extremely useful during the interview process. Success or failure frequently hinges on how well you pass the interview stage.
The programme is intensive and divided into a number of areas, covering:
Based on the format of the entrance exam for the country of choice, students work through examination examples with our mentors in areas such as logical reasoning; problem-solving; scientific, verbal or abstract reasoning; general knowledge; and medical ethics
Our aim during the workshop is to expand our students’ vocabulary in the field of medicine and broaden their knowledge of the medical world in general.
Students require a good understanding of how to formulate strong arguments and present and use verbal reasoning to support conclusions. Our course will provide advice, practice and useful tips.
Students have always enjoyed our interview workshops. Since this is an area where students are often ill -prepared, we have added an extra interview workshop to compensate and raise the bar.
During workshops, we will provide you with a general overview of opportunities and establishments abroad.
Depending on where you want to apply, we will provide you with details and hands- on support in your application process to maximise your chances of being accepted.
During the workshop we put aside time to provide useful advice and hints on how to improve your profile in relation to your application. We will assist with organising and recording extra-curricular activities.
The course runs over 2 – 3 years, involving 144 hours of work and is run out of our Warsaw office.
Hard work but well worth it!