About Us

Interested in learning more about who 6med 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.

10,000 +

This is how many students we’ve taught over the years.

1 in 2

This is how many applicants sitting the BMAT use BMAT.Ninja for their preparation.

Over £100,000

This is how much money we’ve given away through our bursary scheme.

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.

Our Own Medicine Applications

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 UCAT). Our parents (may God bless their souls) forked out a small fortune to send us on expensive BMAT and UCAT 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.

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WHY WE STARTED

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 UCAT 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.

BROADENING OUR HORIZONS

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 UCAT Crash Course.

Our first UCAT courses went down a treat with incredibly feedback from all of the students that attended. We had hundreds of students on waiting lists for our courses which, as far as business-related problems go, wasn’t too bad! From the success of our BMAT and UCAT Crash Courses, we decided to make the jump and run Interview Crash Courses as many students were asking about them. Each course we ran introduced small changes and improvements to the course. By the end of the run, we’d hit a winning formula.

Along with our courses (which were now also running internationally!), we launched BMAT.Ninja and UCAT Ninja, our online preparation systems with tons of notes, techniques, practice questions and generally helpful stuff. These platforms were a roaring success of release and helped students who couldn’t attend physical courses with their medical school applications.

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS

We’ve continued to grow at a pretty explosive rate and have carried on improving everything we can about our courses, Ninja platforms and workbooks to ensure we provide the very best support to medical school applicants at the very best value. Because so many students were booking places on our courses as well as signing up to the Ninja platforms, we created our Bundles which give a student access to EVERYTHING we have on offer for each application component (and at a tidy discount).

We’re incredibly proud to say that we’ve had over 10,000 medical students on our Crash Courses over the past 6 years, and countless thousands more through BMAT.Ninja and UCAT.Ninja. We hope we can support you with your application too!

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.

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ALI ABDAAL

Cambridge University

ALI ABDAAL

Ali is doctor working in the UK having graduated from Cambridge in 2018. Co-founder of 6med and creator of the BMAT Crash Course, Interview Crash Course and BMAT Ninja. He spends a lot of his time growing his YouTube channel and podcasting.
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JAMES CHOI

University College London

JAMES CHOI

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

Birmingham University

KEHINDE ADELEKAN

Kehinde (Kenny) a 2nd 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 and rock climbing.
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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.
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AQIB CHAUDRY

Imperial College London

AQIB CHAUDRY

Aqib is a fifth-year medic at Imperial, and a senior manager of our UCAT division. With a BSc in Management from Imperial Business School and a keen interest in medical technology, he helps a ton in streamlining 6med.
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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.
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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.
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RAISA ISLAM

Cambridge University

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.
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SHAAJI KAN

Leinden University

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.
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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.
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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.
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USMAAN AHMED

Cambridge University

USMAAN AHMED

Usmaan was one of the founding members of 6med, and helped create our BMAT and UCAT 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.
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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.
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DANIEL PORTER

University College London

DANIEL PORTER

Dan is a 4th-year medic, and a senior UCAT & 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.
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6med

We’re a friendly company run entirely by medical students. We run one-day courses for the UCATBMAT and Interviews. We’ve also got online courses and question banks for the UCAT and BMAT, and if that’s not enough, we’ve got a tonne of free resources in our Application Guide too!