About Us

Interested in learning more about who we are? You’ve come to the right place.

Our Mission

We’ve got 3 main aims. Firstly, to run the best preparation courses and services in the world. Secondly, as a social enterprise, to ensure that our services are accessible to anyone regardless of money or background. And finally, to make the whole experience enjoyable for both ourselves and our students.

Preparation courses and resources are an interesting kettle of fish, in that the more students are coached for particular exams or interviews, the less useful they become as selection tools to separate the boys from the men, so to speak. However, as long as there are admissions requirements, there will always be companies charging extortionate amounts of money to prepare students for them. There’s no getting around that fact.

Our solution isn’t to reinvent the wheel – we’re simply attempting to disrupt this market dominated by exploitative corporations, by running courses that are both better and cheaper than the existing offerings. We also pride ourselves on offering an unlimited number of bursaries to students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford our courses. Intellectual potential and dedication should be the only barriers to entry into Medicine – not money.

Our Story

From teaching 4 students in the suburbs of Essex to hundreds of students surrounded by the spires of Cambridge, 6med has grown exponentially over the years. Below you’ll find the story of our humble beginnings, our foray into the business world, and our quest for world domination.

2011

In the summer of 2011, most of our team were in the same position that you are now. We were all applying to study Medicine at some of the top universities in the country, and were scared about what it would involve. We’d heard horror stories about personal statements, Oxbridge interviews and work experience. At the time, we had a lot of help from our teachers, and from students in the years above who had already gotten into medical school (and we’re very grateful to them). They gave us advice about interviews, explained the realities of studying medicine, and told us never to start our personal statements with a quote. Unfortunately, they couldn’t really help us much with regards to the entrance tests (BMAT and UKCAT). Our parents (may God bless their souls) forked out a small fortune to send us on expensive BMAT and UKCAT courses so that we wouldn’t be at a disadvantage compared to everyone else. In all honesty though, we didn’t find them particularly helpful. We felt that a lot of the time was spent waffling through things that everyone knew, and not enough time was spent on actually teaching us the things we didn’t know. Despite this, we all (thankfully) got a place at our chosen universities.

2012

In 2012, when medical applicants from our school started asking us for help with their own applications, we realised we could do something about the lack of BMAT and UKCAT tutelage, and (in theory) could do it properly. With not enough time to create a fully-fledged preparation course, we were content with offering private tuition for individual students and small groups every now and then. This was strictly small-scale though, and we felt that as the demand from our own school was so high, perhaps we’d be able to do something on a grander scale the following year.

2013

We set up 6med in 2013 with the BMAT Crash Course. We expected to get around 20 students, make a bit of money in the summer holidays and leave it at that – the response though, was greater than we could have ever imagined. We ran 5 sold-out courses in London, Oxford, Cambridge and Essex, with overwhelmingly positive feedback, and parents phoning us every night in October asking if we had any more space on our course. By the end of it, we knew that there was a huge market for our course, our pricing and our philosophy, so we decided to make the BMAT course bigger and better for the following year to see just how far we could take it. After recruiting a few more team members who were experts in the exam, we also decided to create the UKCAT Crash Course.

2014

Emboldened by the success and reception of our 2013 BMAT courses, we ramped up the scale further still, and through many months of blood, sweat and tears, developed the materials for the UKCAT Crash Course. We were initially scared about whether it would be as well-received as the BMAT Crash Course was – after all, isn’t UKCAT one of those exams that you “can’t teach”? But our worries were swept away when we got the feedback from our first few courses, and realised that we’d created something that students genuinely found useful, informative and fun. That year, we had over 700 students for our BMAT courses, and over 400 for our UKCAT courses. Towards the end of the season, we had climbed to the first page of Google for UKCAT-related search terms, and saw a tremendous spike in website traffic and course bookings. We hadn’t quite planned for this, and ended up with over a hundred students on the waiting list for our last few courses, which wasn’t ideal. Although, as far as business-related problems went, this one was probably more on the positive side. We’d also been playing around with the idea of an Interview Crash Course for a while, and receiving many tens of emails enquiring about such a course, we decided to pilot a smaller-scale one. We taught 5 classes of 15 students in London over the Christmas holidays to glowing (but also helpfully critical) feedback. We modified the structure of the course a little each time, and by the end of the run, we’d hit upon a winning formula that students loved.

2015

This was the year that we really began to reach an international audience. Aside from the BMAT Crash Courses we ran in Singapore and The Netherlands, we launched BMAT Ninja (www.bmat.ninja), our online BMAT preparation system containing revision notes and techniques, a tonne of practice questions, and lots of example essays. The website had over 1,000 users from all corners of the globe, and we received emails from students from lots of different countries thanking us for providing them with such an invaluable resource.

We also expanded our team of instructors, and taught just under 2,000 students across our BMAT, UKCAT and Interview Crash Courses, with excellent reviews all round.

2016

2016 was an interesting year for us. We were no longer a new startup in the medical admissions field, but rather one of the biggest players in the market. The scale we were operating at started to take a toll on our co-founders who were now in their clinical years with fewer holidays in which to work on improving the company. Thankfully though, with the help of the rest of the 6med team, we found some ‘young blood’ and trained them up to become amazing course instructors. We also streamlined our websites and administration processes to increase efficiency and customer support, and gave managerial responsibilities to some of our senior instructors to help things run more smoothly with large numbers of students.

None of this sounds particularly sexy, but it was necessary to ensure the continual improvement of 6med. With these new systems in place, we’re in a much better position to scale the company and to ‘refresh’ our instructor roster with new medical students as our original team begins to graduate and become real doctors.

Oh, and in 2016 we launched the online companion to our UKCAT Crash Course – UKCAT Ninja (www.ukcat.ninja). We had a few thousand students using it that year, with solid feedback all around. We’re improving the website and question bank for 2017, and hope to keep it a staple in the 6med family.

Meet the Team

Our team is made up of graphic designers, web developers, Taekwondo instructors, concert pianists, close-up magicians, stage singers, and so much more. Our friendship and love of teaching allows us to work together to run the best courses in the world. Below you’ll find profiles of all our current team members.

Ali Abdaal

Cambridge University

Ali Abdaal

Ali is a 5th year medic, co-founder of 6med and creator of the BMAT Crash Course, Interview Crash Course and BMAT Ninja. He makes all our pretty websites and enjoys singing, playing guitar and practising close-up magic in his spare time.

James Choi

University College London

James Choi

James is a 5th year medic, co-founder of 6med and creator of the UKCAT Crash Course, UKCAT Ninja and Doctor Project. He is an accomplished pianist, and pursues several interests outside medicine, including business, medical technology and languages.

Suhail Aslam

Oxford University

Suhail Aslam

Suhail is a 5th year medic, and an instructor at the BMAT and Interview Crash Course. He has been a mentor at Oxford University’s UNIQ Summer School, and has published research in the field of Infectious Diseases.

Kehinde Adelekan

Birmingham University

Kehinde Adelekan

Kehinde (Kenny) a 1st year Graduate Entry Medic and leads our MMI Crash Course. He holds a BSc in Medical Physiology from the University of Leicester, and in his spare time keeps active with squash, badminton rock climbing.

Katherine Macfardland

Cambridge University

Katherine Macfarland

Katherine is a fifth-year medic and one of our senior BMAT Crash Course instructors, representing 6med in our Hong Kong projects. She has a keen interest in access initiatives in Medicine, and enjoys travelling and singing in her spare time.

Aqib Chaudry

Imperial College London

Aqib Chaudry

Aqib is a fifth-year medic at Imperial, and a senior manager of our UKCAT division. With a BSc in Management from Imperial Business School and a keen interest in medical technology, he helps a tonne in streamlining 6med and improving our customer service.

Jake Tobin

Cambridge University

Jake Tobin

Jake is a BMAT instructor who read Pathology for his BA, having completed a project in Cancer Research at Harvard University. He has also been a Tai Kwon Do instructor for 10 years, and is therefore a valued member of the 6med team.

Molly Hunt

Cambridge University

Molly Hunt

Molly is a senior Interview Crash Course instructor with a keen interest in paediatric oncology. She read History and Philosophy of Science for her BA, and regularly volunteers at Over the Wall, helping run residential summer camps for children coping with serious illnesses.

Raisa Islam

Cambridge --> Barts

Raisa Islam

Raisa studied at Cambridge for 3 years, before moving to Barts for clinical school. She is a BMAT and Interview course instructor, and is particularly involved in social activism and helping widen access to University.

Shaaji Kan

Leiden University, The Netherlands

Shaaji Kan

Shaaji is a graduate of Leiden University Medical School in The Netherlands, and is now working full-time as a doctor. She has been running our BMAT Crash Course and Interview Crash Course in The Netherlands for the past few years, and hopes to do so for many years to come.

Paul Tern

Cambridge University

Paul Tern

Paul is an international Cambridge medic and lead organiser of BMAT Crash Course Singapore. He holds a triple first-class honours award for the Cambridge Tripos. He spends his spare time leading Bible study and playing FIFA.

Leo Jurascheck

Cambridge University

Leo Jurascheck

Leo is in his 4th year at Cambridge, studying medicine with a masters in biochemistry. Other than teaching our BMAT and Interview courses, he wastes most of his spare time trampolining and enthusing about angry girl music of the indie rock persuasion.

Usmaan Ahmed

Cambridge → UCL

Usmaan Ahmed

Usmaan was one of the founding members of 6med, and helped create our BMAT and UKCAT Crash Courses. Now on the verge of becoming a real doctor, he doesn’t teach much anymore but helps train our new generation of instructors.

Charlotte Johnson

Cambridge University

Charlotte Johnson

Charlotte is an instructor on our Interview courses. She teaches undergraduate physiology and is involved widening access to Cambridge. She enjoys wearing exciting patterned trousers, Doctor Who and baking.

Dawid Akala

University College London

Dawid Akala

Dawid is a second year medical student, and director of the application guide. He likes going out exploring what London has to offer, rowing with his medical school boat club, and reading or writing.

Daniel Porter

University College London

Daniel Porter

Dan is a 4th-year medic, and a senior UKCAT & BMAT Crash Course instructor. He has had various teaching roles at uni, and led 6med’s expansion into Hong Kong. He enjoys languages (French & Spanish), and reads voraciously in his spare time.

Kristen Davies

Lancaster University

Kristen Davies

Kristen is a fifth-year medic from Lancaster University currently undertaking a Masters of Research in Medical Sciences at Newcastle University. He has a keen interest in medical education and founded the medical education society at Lancaster.

Interested in joining us? If you’re a current medical student with a passion for teaching and a skill-set that would add value to our company, please check out our Jobs page. We’d love to hear from you.