Some universities specify on their website what experience they require their applicants to have as part of their medical school prerequisites, whilst others are more flexible and just give general suggestions. Generally, the more experience you can get, the better for your application – and your understanding of medicine.
It is best to find a balance between the number of placements you take and the depth to which you are embedded in each one. While you need to see a range of medical practice, it is of limited benefit if you are only gaining a superficial understanding of the profession. The amount of work experience most students will have is usually limited by practicalities; your experience will be predominantly limited to your holidays from school, and placements can be difficult to arrange.
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Work experience in your local GP surgery is an excellent addition to any application. The medical professions are hands on and so securing relevant work experience is important.
GP practices, hospitals and hospices are all fantastic places to carry out medical work experience. It is essential to be committed and dedicated during your placement.
During your hospital work experience, you should try to get as much variety as possible. A placement is a opportunity to learn what a ward round is like and to shadow a doctor.