what work experience do i need?

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I want to get on to a medicine course at uni, im doing as levels - maths, chem, bio and history right now, so wat work experience wud i need? ive dun it at a care home and pharmacy. any others? and how do i apply for the hospital?

Posted Sat 3rd November, 2012 @ 22:34 by Nikkii

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Try googling hospitals or doctors near you and see if they do work experience. Does you school have a work experience coordinator as they might have contacts from people who have done placements before. As for other work experience you could help out at Brownies/Cubs etc as it would look good if you worked with a wide age range.

Good luck! I know what its like to find work experience as I have applied to Vet med!

Answered Sun 4th November, 2012 @ 11:01 by Sophie
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Snap! I've just applied for Medicine and I found that it isn't about the AMOUNT of work experience it is about what you gain from it. You should aim to get some work experience shadowing a GP or a doctor in a hospital if you can (if only to confirm that Medicine is realy the career you want to do!) however this can be really difficult (took me FOREVER to get any and even then only got two days worth) and med schools recognise this. Realistically you are not going to get the opportunity to shadow for any length of time and this is where it is a great idea to get some volunteer work centered on working with people - whether this be the disabled or young people and do this for a length of time - this shows medical schools your commitment more than just shadowing a GP for a week will. 

A good tip is to write down everything you saw, did and learnt after each experience you have as you'll inevitably need to refer to this when you write that all important personal statement. You'll only get out what you put in so try to organise a variety of different placements and ask any questions whilst you're there. 

The best way to go about organising it is contact the work exp coordinator at your school or sixth form! To give you some idea I've listed what I did and how I organised it :)

Personally I did:

Two days in Pharmacy (Through the work exp coordinator at my college)
Two days shadowing a consultant (Through the work exp coordinator at my college)
Five weeks teaching drama to disabled adults (I went to my local Volunteers Bureau and asked what they had available)
Six months volunteering in a charity shop (Just rang up the shop - they're always looking for people)
and I've just started a six month placement volunteering in a hospital every fortnight. (Went directly to the hospital by getting contact details from the website) (So that I have some new experiences to talk about at interview that I didn't include in my personal statement)

Hope this helps and good luck with your January exams!!

Answered Sun 4th November, 2012 @ 18:10 by Lydia
Edited by Lydia on Sun 4th November, 2012 @ 18:15
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For medicine you need to have 6 weeks of work experience in a health and social care environment. For example a hospital, care home, GP or something like that.

Answered Sun 4th November, 2012 @ 11:52 by Former Member
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Thanks for all ur replies. they were really useful. i appreciate it. im gonna speak to some teachers at college. thanks especially to lydia. ur own experience list was useful. good luck to u. hope u get on well with ur own medicine course :) 

Answered Sun 4th November, 2012 @ 19:45 by Nikkii