Fresh from the 2011 application cycle, 404 would like future juniors to not make mistakes she made (…asking teachers to write testimonials @ a 2 weeks notice…etc)…
Here’s a very well done post about applying to medicine, which 404 discovered only after she finished the application process (ah well..) And Code Blue is another good blog for advice.(which 404 also discovered after the application process) anyway, 404 won’t overlap the content, and in this post she will detail the more mundane but hair-ripping details which every aspiring doc needs to pay attention to.
A brief overview: in 2011, ~750 students were shortlisted for the essay test+interviews after passing the grades cutoff. from these, 280 students were eventually offered a place for medicine @ yllsom for AY2011/12.
A. DEADLINES (404 guarantees the dates will NOT be accurate for your year, but it was accurate for 2011. 404 recommends readers use it judiciously as a guide in your planning. )
- A level results released – 4th march. 404 recommends maintenance of a composed front no matter what.
- application to NUS – closes 16march (or thereabouts, pardon 404 for her memory lapse)
- ensure the office of admissions has received your O level cert/IP cert TRUE CERTIFIED COPY(means you have to go back to your school, bringing along your original cert + photocopies, and get the office to sign&verify it) by 16march. here’s your ‘A’ Level Application Checklist 2011”
- Submission of your online portfolio – 3 working days before your interview – recommended to get it settled by 28march, since interviews start on 1st-21st april. remember to get your teachers to submit their references online by then too! (NUS will email them a separate email &give them usernames/passes for their online portal)
- Receive you snail mail confirming you’ve been shorlisted + containing other details- around 25march
- If you are aiming for the undergrad scholarship, deadline is 1st april. you need a teacher’s letter of recomendation & your own essay. all submitted online as well.
- check the online portalto figure out when your interview is. why? well, X’s experience was as such
“Checked online and found that my interview date was 1st april. It was 23rd april and I hadn’t received my snail mail letter, so I called YLLSOM office to postpone my interview. They said the letter had been sent on 17th march. Which was weird cos I hadn’t received it. interviews ended up at 9am on 20th april”
404 understands, you’re wondering, whats so important about the snail mail? simple enough – it contains your username/pin which you’ll need to access your New Online System: Portfolio for Admission to Medicine (PAM)
- Medicine essay test - 10april@NUS MPH (it will always be a sunday)
- interview – anytime between 1st-21st april. 404 advices rookies to rekke your interview venue once before your actual interview. cos NUHS can be complicated (afterall the NUH area is built on a hill..)
- interview results – 11may. updated on the online portal. sources says IB/NUHS students get their results earlier on 6may. some may be placed on the waiting list, which means you won’t know your results till around later bit of may.
- Receive snail mail with offer letter + many useful documents on 13may. read ALL your docs
- Deadline to accept NUS offer + submit your form P- 1st june. important, especially for those contemplating overseas vs local.
- Deadline for hall application (most medics stay in KE7) – 1st june for first cycle.
- Deadline for signing up for medicamp(4-7july) – 7june
- Deadline to accept hall offer – 21june
- Deadline for your health screening -30june
recommended med school students do it ASAP, since they’ve to draw blood/chest x-ray/eye test/urine test/physical examination. took 404 90mins to complete it, and that was when there was no queue. costs $116 for everything minus the jabs. you don’t need to confirm your acceptance of offer before you do this. 404 popped by nus to submit formP on 31stmay, and popped by the UHC on the same day for the health checkup.
B. PORTFOLIO (+ recommended DEADLINES)
All shortlisted candidates must submit a portfolio to the Dean’s Office. The portfolio must contain an:
- official testimonial from your junior college or high school
this refers to your SGC, which your school would have asked you to co-write in your JC2. – ask your tutor to email the pdf soft copy to you by end march , cos 1. your tutors should have finished touching up the SGC by then 2. you’ll need to upload the soft copy onto the application webbie yourself, 3 working days before your interview!
- two letters of recommendationwriters CANNOT be your form tutor, as your form tutor ‘wrote’ your sch testimonial. Also, on behalf of tutors, 404 pleads with aspiring medics to not be a pain in the arse & instead provide your poor tutors with ALL the relevant information, the 5W1H of all your activities in school. ask your tutor to prepare it by 25th march (and ofcourse, start asking your tutor to write it in jan, or it’ll be better if your tutor obliges to write it earlier the previous year) as interviews start on 1st april, and all your docs have to be RECEIVED (NOT SENT) 3 working days beforehand
- a personal statement
one A4 page404 recommends nothing less than font size 11, she is spooked out by people who use font size 10 to ‘squeeze in more details’ – but you can tweak the page margins to narrow, no worries. also insert a decent passport picture into your document. 404 put hers at the top left hand corner of her personal statement, and it probably took up an eigth of the page.the earlier you complete it the better. 404 had applied for overseas universities, hence she tweaked&recycled her personal statement from there and it was done by feb.
decent advice can be found on code blue’s post
- resume or list of extracurricular activities
one A4 page long. font size >11- recommended table form. 404 particularly likes KCL Medicine, Pre-interview Form-1, and used a similar style in presenting her ECAs
- please include your name and candidate identification number on each page
this means using your header/footer functions.
- Testimonials and letters will not be returned
- all supporting documents should reach NUS office of admission 3 working days before your interview.
- For nitty-gritties, refer to the New Online System: Portfolio for Admission to Medicine (PAM) webbie.