1. Have a look at the size of the square you are supposed to write your essay on. It is small – you have to be very disciplined to get all the relevant facts in. You must therefore plan. Use the planning sheet they provide and put bullet points down.If you are someone who writes quickly it would be best to do your essay in rough to make sure it fits.
2. The BMAT questions usually start with a statement and then they ask you 2 or 3 questions related to the statement. You must answer each section – this usually translates into 3 paragraphs.
3. Try to end with a flourish.
Have a go – here are a few titles. I will publish my answers in a few days!
1 He who conceals his disease cannot expect to be cured
Why might a patient conceal their illness?How should a doctor deal with such a patient. What is the most important ethical principle on a situation like this.
2. There is more to healing than the application of scientific knowledge.Explain this statement. What else is important in medicine
3. We Don’t Live in a World Of Reality, We live in a World of Perception. What do you understand the above statement to mean? Provide examples of how we live in a world of reality and how we live in world of perceptions. What is the common ground between reality and perception.
4. Not everything that can be counted counts and not everything that counts can be counted (Albert Einstein). What do you think is meant by this statement?Give examples of things that count in medicine which cannot be counted. To what degree should they count?
5. Parents who withhold vaccines from their children have betrayed their duty of care.
Write an essay in which you address the following points:
Why would parents withhold vaccines from their children? In what ways would doing so betray their duty of care? How can a doctor best advise a parent who is considering withholding a vaccine from a child?
6. Science is a great and glorious enterprise-the most successful, I argue, that human beings have ever engaged in. To reproach it for its inability to answer all the questions we should like to put to it is no more sensible than to reproach a railway locomotive for not flying or, in general, not performing any operation for which it was not designed.