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I want to be a Doctor.  


Working as a Doctor means you will train in and probably spend the majority of your career working within the National Health Service (NHS).  So lets start there.

What is the NHS?

The NHS is Scotland's largest single employer and one of the largest healthcare employers in the world. The Chief Executive of NHSScotland heads the directorates and is accountable to ministers for the efficiency and performance of the service and the work of the 14 NHS Boards and 8 Special Health Boards.

You can find out more about NHS Scotland here or at

Why choose medicine?

Medicine is one of the most challenging but rewarding careers available.  The combination of daily academic stimulation, technical procedural skills and working with patients, their families and the wider healthcare team is one which few other professions can offer. 

Medicine is a profession that is open to everyone.  There is no "right" person to be a doctor but all doctors are united by a passion for patient care and a dedication to their profession.

Currently there are around 10 applicants for every available place at Medical School and achieving the grades required for entry is not enough. Your personal qualities are just as important as your academic ability and medical schools want applicants to show evidence of commitment, ability to work effectively under pressure, team-working skills, leadership and compassion.

The life of a doctor is not for everyone – long hours and witnessing distressing illness in patients at times can be stressful and emotionally demanding.   But for those who are passionate about the profession the job satisfaction cannot be beaten.  

If you are considering applying to study medicine we have created a number of resources you can access from the menu below to help you gain an insight into the career.  

Please note that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde supports a number of programmes but is not responsible for content of an external website or involved the selection of candidates for programmes.

Last Updated: 19 May 2021