Your guide to becoming a doctor
For many, the decision to become a doctor is a lifelong dream, with the simple desire to help people.
For others it's a life changing moment, encounter or experience that can provide the inspiration to pursue medicine as a career.
But no matter who you are, where you live or what your background, anyone who has the ability, personal attributes and motivation can apply to study medicine.
Read our comprehensive guide to help you decide if a career in medicine is right for you.
We will cover what life is really like as a doctor, the ins and outs of applying to medical school, no matter what your path, and answer common questions.
"My inspiration: doctors talk about what inspired them in their medical career."
As the voice of doctors and medical students in the UK, the BMA knows the lives of doctors inside out.
We're here to help you as you start on your journey to becoming a doctor.
The deadline for applications to study medicine in 2016 has now closed.
The application process for study in 2016 has now closed. Dates for studying in 2017 will be available shortly.
Are you a teacher, careers advisor or mentor?
We've designed a downloadable PDF that you can use as a printed handout and as part of your own materials, when talking to students about a career in medicine.
Download and use our quick look guide on how to become a doctor