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Tips on - Surviving an intercalated year

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 01 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:0512454a
  1. Rusheng Chew, fourth year medical student1
  1. 1University of Cambridge

Intercalated degrees are compulsory in many medical schools, and remain a popular option in institutions in which they are not mandatory, even in the current situation of rising student debt and top up fees. Here are some pointers from someone who has just completed an intercalated year on how to make it worth the while.


  • Be certain of your reasons. Intercalate only if you are genuinely interested in the subject, …

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