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    Life after failing med school in the UK

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    I have a friend who was thrown out of med school in the UK after three years. He failed to pass one of his exams and was subsequently asked to retake them all again and to pass those in one go. He failed again in one exam (an exam he had already passed in his first try) but the rule was to pass them all in one go so they asked him to leave.

    Now after studying medicine for three years and being devoted only to medicine it seems his life has collapsed down on him and he is unsure what to do now. He's a good student (all A's/A*'s in his GCSEs and all A's in his A-levels).

    Is there any way any other med school in the UK would ever accept him again? Would transfer be possible into another med school for another chance? Or would any of the top 20 universities even consider a prospective UCAS student for any other course knowing that he's already failed after speding three years doing medicine?

    Oh and I'm not using 'friend' as a cover for my own situation! I'm happily in med school myself but I do actually have a friend who is in this situation.

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    Within the same country - or within Top 20 universities - he would probably face some significant difficulty. However, if he looks at programs in other countries he should still be able to complete his medical degree. This is assuming that he is able to pinpoint the source of his problem, fix it, and move on to bigger and better things without academic trouble.

    I know that the University of Zagreb Medical School, in Croatia, accepts some French students who have failed the Concours exam. Some other schools in Eastern Europe will probably be happy to accept his credits - and his tuition money - in exchange for an opportunity to complete his medical education. Good luck...

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    Hi,
    I'm pretty sure that once you've started medschool at a British university you're not then allowed to start somewhere else. I know of people who have started medicine at one uni, not liked it, dropped out and reapplied elsewhere and done it that way. I think it would be very difficult to argue why after 3 years one would be happy to start it all again. It would be hard to justify why another chance should be given.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chipmunk! View Post
    I have a friend who was thrown out of med school in the UK after three years. He failed to pass one of his exams and was subsequently asked to retake them all again and to pass those in one go. He failed again in one exam (an exam he had already passed in his first try) but the rule was to pass them all in one go so they asked him to leave.

    Now after studying medicine for three years and being devoted only to medicine it seems his life has collapsed down on him and he is unsure what to do now. He's a good student (all A's/A*'s in his GCSEs and all A's in his A-levels).

    Is there any way any other med school in the UK would ever accept him again? Would transfer be possible into another med school for another chance? Or would any of the top 20 universities even consider a prospective UCAS student for any other course knowing that he's already failed after speding three years doing medicine?

    Oh and I'm not using 'friend' as a cover for my own situation! I'm happily in med school myself but I do actually have a friend who is in this situation.
    Why was he asked to re-take all the exams ( 3 years? )?Usually its only the one subject that you have to retake and that too in the holidays so that you can move up with your class.
    Please ask your friend to apply to Charles University in Prague . There are many students from the UK who have had similar circumstances and have now qualified and are doctors working in the UK. Best of luck

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    transatlanticrachael is offline Newbie 511 points
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    Quote Originally Posted by manuka honey View Post
    Why was he asked to re-take all the exams ( 3 years? )?Usually its only the one subject that you have to retake and that too in the holidays so that you can move up with your class.
    Please ask your friend to apply to Charles University in Prague . There are many students from the UK who have had similar circumstances and have now qualified and are doctors working in the UK. Best of luck
    Sounds like the student attempted their resit and failed that. Usually after that there is a 'progress' or 'review' committee. After that they choose whether or not you are allowed to resit the year or if you are out.

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    Believe me, he will probably be able to find a medical university that will allow him to continue.

    Not in the UK, of course, and he may need to take an extra year or something, but there are a lot of schools out there who would like his tuition money. However, transatlanticrachael is right that the UK schools are now probably closed in this circumstance.

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    Thanks for the replies. I was also trying to ask whether it would hinder his chances of being accepted through UCAS in a different degree (not medicine) in the UK amongst the good universities (i.e. top 20).

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    Man, tough situation. I'd suggest for him to just start elsewhere overseas. A lot of great places and a good way to travel and see the world a bit too as well. Good luck with whatever he decides to do!

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    Your friend should try a Medical School in Romania - very flexible in accepting exceptional circumstances

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    Quote Originally Posted by chipmunk! View Post
    I have a friend who was thrown out of med school in the UK after three years. He failed to pass one of his exams and was subsequently asked to retake them all again and to pass those in one go. He failed again in one exam (an exam he had already passed in his first try) but the rule was to pass them all in one go so they asked him to leave.

    Now after studying medicine for three years and being devoted only to medicine it seems his life has collapsed down on him and he is unsure what to do now. He's a good student (all A's/A*'s in his GCSEs and all A's in his A-levels).

    Is there any way any other med school in the UK would ever accept him again? Would transfer be possible into another med school for another chance? Or would any of the top 20 universities even consider a prospective UCAS student for any other course knowing that he's already failed after speding three years doing medicine?

    Oh and I'm not using 'friend' as a cover for my own situation! I'm happily in med school myself but I do actually have a friend who is in this situation.
    Tell your friend University of Malta which is EU recognised .

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