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Straight-A student may be forced to study doctorate in Romania after FAILING to get into university

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: August 22, 2013

  • EXCELLENT RESULTS: Miriam Bourne has been refused a place to study medicine despite excellent A-level results.

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A BODMIN teenager may have to move to Romania to study to become a doctor after failing to get into a university in the UK – despite getting three A grades in her A levels.

Miriam Bourne achieved A grades in chemistry, biology and geography at Bodmin College but she was denied a place by four UK universities.

Mum Jackie Bourne said it was particularly frustrating as other Bodmin College students had been offered places to study medicine even though they did not achieve her daughter's grades.

Now the 18-year-old faces the prospect of raising £60,000 for the six-year course at the Romanian school, because she is unable to obtain the usual student grants and financial help if she chooses to study in the Eastern European country.

Miriam, who lives at Whitestone Road and who has two GPs within her extended family, said the four rejections were hard to take.

"Studying medicine is so competitive, and there are only a limited number of places available, I know, but it has been my dream to become a doctor for quite a few years now.

"I did have interviews at Manchester University and Keele University but didn't get in, which has been really disappointing,'' said Miriam.

She said the course in Romania is recognised by the General Medical Council and other countries across the world, but finding the money to pay for the course was another matter.

"I attended a medical student conference at Nottingham University that mentioned the Romanian medical school, and it does appeal to me because it is a very practical course, but with the tuition fees, accommodation, food and travelling expenses it will cost about £10,000 per year.

"Although I do have some savings, I don't think I will be able to get enough money on my own to go there, but it's something I am considering," said the 18-year-old.

Miriam originally had ambitions of becoming a midwife or nurse but she was encouraged by teachers at Bodmin College to aim higher and become a doctor after they saw her potential.

"I'm hoping to raise the money to go to Romania but there is a long way to go,'' she said.

Mum Jackie said: "Miriam was devastated to get rejected from the four universities, particularly Keele, where she thought she did well.

"It is so frustrating when some of her friends did get places to study medicine even though their results were not as good as Miriam's.''

A spokesman for UCAS, which handles applications on behalf of universities, said if a student failed to get into the university of their choice this year, they could apply again next year.

"Securing a university place is competitive, and although students may miss out on the place they hoped for, other universities are likely to make them an offer.

"There are still thousands of courses with vacancies in clearing, listed on the UCAS website. If an applicant has their heart set on a particular course that isn't available, one option is to apply again next year,'' he said.

Anyone wishing to help Miriam financially to attend the course in Romania can go to www.gofundme.com/3Q9WTG

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  • Bobabob  |  August 23 2013, 2:30PM

    Looks like she chose the wrong subject to take with geography, most med schools want sciences and maths.

  • richpearson  |  August 22 2013, 6:53PM

    Defer and apply again next year? Maybe get some interview practice and find out from the universities what you were turned down on? Sounds like an incredibly bright person who just didn't shine at interview level, but being at the front of the queue for next year and with some better preparation would definitely put you in higher standing. It sadly proves that grades just aren't everything these days. Best of luck, I know there's probably more to the story but it doesn't make too much sense to rush off to Eastern Europe and sixty grand's worth of debt when you could have a much better shot here for next year.

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  • annie0103  |  August 22 2013, 1:28PM

    A nursing colleague of mine is sending her son to medical school in Lithuania. She's researched all the universities in Europe as well as the UK and found Lithuania was the cheapest, but also came highly regarded. Plus the degree is taught wholly in English. The tuition fees are cheaper than Romania with the course over 12 semesters costing E4260 per semester. http://tinyurl.com/mk72acv

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  • jimjams2011  |  August 22 2013, 12:55AM

    How about have a year out and the apply again next year. In the mean time do some work experience and strengthen your application for next year.

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  • emurfitt  |  August 21 2013, 1:17PM

    '...has two GPs within her extended family...' GPs are astonishingly well-paid. One might even say 'over-paid' when considering the NHS's ability to pay them. Why not have a 'whip-round' within your own family? Otherwise, try a gap year and do some voluntary work - find out how poor people are actually living in this hell-hole we call a democracy. In the future they could be your patients. These are just two suggestions - there may be others. Whatever this young lady decides, GOOD LUCK!

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