This is a practical, how-to guide towards becoming a medical doctor from an insider's perspective. It addresses all the strategies needed to succeed as a medical school candidate by providing a glimpse of life as a medical student through real ward experiences. It provides a thorough explanation of the different medical fields, and explores issues such as lifestyle, salary and competition for residency and fellowship positions for each speciality. It outlines options for non-traditional students seeking a medical career, namely older candidates, ethnic minorities, economically disadvantaged students, and members of the Armed Forces. The book should be of essential reading in particular to students at university, further education colleges and sixth form students.