Hello, I'm hoping some of the "older" grads and mature students in the GEM and 5-yr course might be able to shed some light on their experiences here: When I decided to study medicine earlier this year, I planned to apply to the GEM courses. But now I'm researching the course contents, etc and I'm wondering whether a 4-yr course for someone like me (out of education for a decade and non-science background) might be a bit of a steep slope. Part of me thinks I should have no problem. I don't have any dependents so I could pretty much study all weekend if necessary (although I'd like to still have a minimal social life ). From what I've read so far, the first year of the GEM is equivalent to the first 2 years of the 5-yr course. So question is how intense was the GEM course (especially the first year)? Did any science knowledge from your previous degree(s), job(s), school(s) help? Do you feel it was fast paced/wish things were a little slower? For the grads on a 5-yr course, would you have done the GEM course if you had a chance (ignore finances for now)? If so, why? Thanks!