Merys has made a very good point in the comments from my last post. Will this extra "thing" I'm thinking of doing actually give me any advantage when it comes to F1 applications and beyond?
Part of me thinks that it will. I get a diploma if I pass the exams, which means a couple of extra letters after my name and the acknowledgement that I have a fairly good knowledge in the subject at hand. This particular diploma aims to give everyone who passes it a good enough knowledge of the subject to lecture others in it. Surely that can't be a bad thing.
On the other hand it is a little abstract. It's not particularly sciency, although it is directly related to medicine. Will this make me look a bit flakey?
I know that the tasks set will allow me to improve my confience, and mix with new people, many of whom will be actual doctors as opposed to just students. However I'm sure I can gain most of the same skills from special study modules at university. The main advantage to this diploma is that it will allow me to study something I have a personal interest in at a greater depth than my university could ever offer.
Does anyone know if additional diplomas gain extra points in MTAS? Part of me wonders if it is even worth asking that question as probably in 3 years when I graduate everything will have changed again.
Advice is welcome... (or more exactly needed because I can't make up my own mind)
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