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Introduction: Becoming a doctor

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For many, becoming a doctor is a lifelong ambition. For others, it's a life-changing moment or experience that inspires you to pursue a medical career.

But no matter who you are, where you live or what your background is, anyone who has the ability, personal attributes and motivation can apply to study medicine.


Becoming a doctor in the UK

My inspiration: doctors talk about what inspired them in their medical career.

Just as there isn’t one type of person who can become a doctor, there’s not just one route into medicine.

In our guidance, we cover:

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