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    I am 16 and need to get some voluntary work done since I want to do medicine. There is a small NHS Cancer hospital near my house that I can work at, but they said that I need to work there for a minimum of 6 months. The hospital is classed as a 'centre of oncology'.

    Should I start my voluntary work here? Will it be relevant and useful work, Because I don't want to spend 6 months doing voluntary work that won't even help my application. I've already wasted a week of my life doing voluntary work that wasn't even relevant to medicine, so I don't want that to happen again.
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    It won't help your application. Cancer/Oncology is not relevant to medicine.

    Seriously ... If you're serious about medicine, you would know that hospitals that specialise in cancer/cancer research are highly regarded in the field of voluntary work experience. The difficulty comes in getting accepted to volunteer there.
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    Obviously it'll be helpful. It's the sort of thing that will help you stand out in your personal statement, as you can show how you learnt skills like empathy, communication, commitment, teamwork etc. Lucky you for getting the opportunity.
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    (Original post by Cheesecakefactory)
    I am 16 and need to get some voluntary work done since I want to do medicine. There is a small NHS Cancer hospital near my house that I can work at, but they said that I need to work there for a minimum of 6 months. The hospital is classed as a 'centre of oncology'.

    Should I start my voluntary work here? Will it be relevant and useful work, Because I don't want to spend 6 months doing voluntary work that won't even help my application. I've already wasted a week of my life doing voluntary work that wasn't even relevant to medicine, so I don't want that to happen again.
    Is it the Christie?

    Yes, it'll be useful.
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    (Original post by Cheesecakefactory)
    I don't want to spend 6 months doing voluntary work that won't even help my application. I've already wasted a week of my life doing voluntary work that wasn't even relevant to medicine, so I don't want that to happen again.
    yes it will be helpful, no you shouldn't be doing medicine. have you considered a career in investment banking?
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    (Original post by thisismycatch22)
    yes it will be helpful, no you shouldn't be doing medicine. have you considered a career in investment banking?
    I was encouraged by my parents to do a week of voluntary work during half term at some laboratory, because they were under the impression that ANY voluntary work would help for medicine. It was a complete waste of my half term because it had nothing to do with it whatsoever. I just don't want that to happen if I'm bound to this voluntary work for 6 months at least.

    So f*** you.
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    (Original post by Cheesecakefactory)
    I was encouraged by my parents to do a week of voluntary work during half term at some laboratory, because they were under the impression that ANY voluntary work would help for medicine. It was a complete waste of my half term because it had nothing to do with it whatsoever. I just don't want that to happen if I'm bound to this voluntary work for 6 months at least.

    So f*** you.
    **** you right back yourself, you snotty little child. nobody wants to be treated by a doctor whose attitude towards volunteering is "what's in it for me?". Especially one so callous as to do that for people with cancer. How about you go and do something good for once in your life, and then if the medical tutors see past your stunning defects in personal skills and moral reasoning we'll all see if it counts for anything. Since you're apparently unable to make the elusive connection between cancer and medicine I'm guessing it won't.
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    Dude, that's amazing!

    Wish I could have that - by the way, I thought you had to be 18 to volunteer at an NHS hospital :hmmm:

    Good luck anyway!
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    (Original post by Cheesecakefactory)
    I am 16 and need to get some voluntary work done since I want to do medicine. There is a small NHS Cancer hospital near my house that I can work at, but they said that I need to work there for a minimum of 6 months. The hospital is classed as a 'centre of oncology'.

    Should I start my voluntary work here? Will it be relevant and useful work, Because I don't want to spend 6 months doing voluntary work that won't even help my application. I've already wasted a week of my life doing voluntary work that wasn't even relevant to medicine, so I don't want that to happen again.
    Firstly, it would look good on an application. Secondly, if you're not going to do it for a minimum of 6 months then don't bother applying, simple.

    Thirdly, the point of volunteering is also to help people ... I thought that'd be obvious. It seems that if you'd been volunteering there for a year, and realised you didn't benefit (in regards to your medicine application), you'd deem that as a waste of your time. Personally, I think that's terrible, and you should sort out what's important in your life ~ especially when considering a career in medicine.

    Although, I do know people with similar attitudes, unfortunately
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    (Original post by Cheesecakefactory)
    I don't want to spend 6 months doing voluntary work that won't even help my application. I've already wasted a week of my life doing voluntary work that wasn't even relevant to medicine, so I don't want that to happen again.
    Take whatever you can out of your volunteering; if the lab work was anything Biomedical, you can relate that to medicine, and talk about it from that angle. It also shows your dedication to a science-related field, so don't dismiss it without a second thought!

    But back to your original point, a Cancer hospital is fine.
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    My mum died recently from cancer and frankly if you were volunteering on a ward just to get into Uni rather than help people then I don't have any respect for you.
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    Lab work should be useful? I did Biomed and there were loads of Med Students doing an intercalated year, which involved a lot of labwork. As people have said, you're doing volunteer work for yourself, and then later you can make it related to medicine. You did a week in a lab - did you not learn any team work skills? Got a feel for what goes on "behind the scenes"? Learn't the importance of accuracy?
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    oh no none of that's useful at all. Cause bioMEDICAL research has nothing to do with medicine. It's not like you need any research to come up with the medicine that exits, it just falls out of the sky. And cancer obviously is "cancer" and not "medicine" so guess you won't be able to use that either! have you looked at volunteering for the "medicine hospital" at all?
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    Is this a troll or something? Volunteer work & work experience is highly regarded, not just in the sense of gaining an idea of how clinical based careers work but also with regard to developing social skills and an understanding of patient contact. I spent around 5 months doing very hands on work in an adult care home for learning disabilities and i learned a LOT. Also, a week in a hospital and a week in a GP surgery.


    Work experience & volunteering is paramount to any good application!
 
 
 
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