Beginning the journey of applying to medical school is daunting. One of the most important things on your journey is arranging medical work experience – but where to start?
The Medic Portal engages with over 500,000 aspiring medical students each year – and here they provide some top tips on how to gain medical work experience!
- Work experience programmes
Find out if your local hospital has a work experience programme; if this is the case then it will be much easier to apply. Examples include Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital work experience programme. Some programmes have entry requirements, so make sure you read the instructions on the application forms carefully.
The programmes may allow you to choose a department, or allocate you to one that is suitable. They usually provide a structured timetable too, which can be very reassuring as you know what to expect.
- Hospitals, GP surgeries and beyond
Hospitals and GP surgeries can be notoriously difficult for securing placements. If there are no programmes available, you can try to contact them directly. The NHS recommends that you contact “human resources, voluntary services or education and training departments”, so have a look on the internet for the contact details for your local hospital. For a GP placement, you should address a letter or email to the Practice Manager.