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A Career in Medicine: Do you have what it takes? second edition

2nd Edition

By Rameen Shakur

CRC Press

128 pages

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Have you ever thought about becoming a doctor but weren't sure where to start or what to expect? This book provides a comprehensive resource to guide you through the various stages involved in becoming a doctor, from deciding whether medicine is right for you, to choosing and applying to medical school, interview skills, student finance, plus what it's like to face your first day as a postgraduate doctor and beyond.

This revised and updated edition includes 15 easy to read chapters and gives a clear overview of modern medical training and career pathways, incorporating the most up-to-date changes to medical education.

Written by a range of experts, from medical students, admissions tutors and qualified doctors, this book clearly explains what personal qualities and training is involved in becoming a doctor at each level and offers advice on getting into related specialties, such as academic medicine and medical journalism.


The book is an excellent resource. I would even go so far as to say, an essential read for those thinking of applying for medicine, medical students and junior doctors. The book is like that A-Z we all forgot to put in the car before a long journey.
Cambridge Medicine Journal

My daughter and I would have found this compendium of enormous value during the difficult decision-making months, leading up to her medical school application. I will make sure she has a copy to guide her through the rest of her training.
Professor David Warrell, Senior Editor, Oxford Textbook of Medicine

5 Stars: Useful and comprehensive - A must read for those considering a career in medicine
It has some good chapters on what is involved in applying to medical school, including a specific chapter on graduate medical courses. I found especially useful the chapter on medical ethics - a possible interview topic! Life during and after medical school is also mentioned, including an explanation of what MMC (Modernising Medical Careers) is. Also useful was the chapter on student finance - particularly information on bursaries and hardship funds. Overall it's an excellent guide.

Customer review on Amazon, Jan 2007

5 Stars: An excellent book!
It is a great resource, which I can use now as a medical student and I am sure will use as a junior doctor. It is full of brilliant careers advice, which I have found valuable. It covers not only the obvious career path but also a number of alternatives. A must buy!

Customer review on Amazon, Jan 2007

5 Stars: Covers everything
Easy it is to read - almost entertaining, definitely enjoyable.

Customer review on Amazon, Nov 2007

5 Stars: An invaluable resource
This is a "must have" for the serious med school applicant. Easy to read, with chapters written by expert authors with specific knowledge of the topic in question. Gives advice on admissions, and on the structure and management of the medical profession. Well worth getting.

Customer review on Amazon, Jan 2009

Table of Contents

Foreword - Mr Harvey White
Medicine - past, present & future - Dr Rameen Shakur
Entry requirements to medical school - Professor John Stein
Your school's perspective - Dr Simon Thorn
The interview - Professor John Stein
How to choose a medical school - Emily Stobbs
Post graduate entry - Dilshad Marikar
Career pathways in medicine - Mr Handa & Dr Yasir Al-Wakeel
Ethical issues in modern medical practice - Professor Raanan Gillon
The medical student years - Faheem Shakur & Stuart Laverack
The foundation years - Dr Rameen Shakur
Choosing general practice (primary care) - Dr Edward Shaoul
Choosing hospital medicine - Dr Paul Ayuk
Other career options - Kamran Abbasi
Academic medicine - Professor Robin Williamson

About the Author

Rameen Shakur MPhil (Cantab)

Dr Rameen Shakur is a 25-year-old Cambridge and Edinburgh (clinical) University graduate currently undertaking a Foundation Year 2 (F2) academic medical rotation in Cardiology at the NDM (Nuffield Department of Medicine), the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. He is a clinical tutor in General Surgery at the Nuffield Department of Surgery and a clinical Teacher in Medicine for Green and Worcester Colleges at the University of Oxford.

He has won numerous prizes and scholarships, most notably a Churchill Fellowship for Harvard Medical School for the application of genomic medical in Cardiology, a Peter Kirk Fellowship, a Wellcome Trust scholarship for the Sanger Centre Genome Campus, Cambridge and a British Heart Foundation grant for cardiovascular research as a medical student. His hobbies include playing cricket, football and listening to Indian classical music.

He studied at Hutton Grammar School and Sixth Form, Preston, Lancashire. His research interests include molecular cardiology, immunological markers of disease and transplantation rejection.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / General
MEDICAL / Administration