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    I got AAAA at AS and 6 A*s 5 As at GCSE. I have 2 weeks' pharmacy work experience, 1 week dentists (to see how healthcare in general works), 2 weeks with a GP. I work at the British Heart Fousation and a food shelter for the homeless on Sundays. I also teach children for 2 hours on certain weekdays at the community centre which I helped to build two years ago. I also work in a care home and have reached national level debating 2 years ago and I enjoy writing etc.
    I haven't yet done the UKCAT test but I am hopeful that I'll do well. Despite these facts, will I still be able to be considered for Medicine without hospital/shadowing a doctor experience? HELP!


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    AS Grades were in Biology, Chemistry, Politics and Philosophy, predicted A*A*A


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    yes you can

    care home/GP/pharmacy are all good experiences where you can learn a lot. Medical schools know how tough it is to get w/e in hospitals.
    As long as you demonstrate in words what you've learnt and relate it back to medicine, you should be fine.
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    Why do you not have that experience? If it is simply because nowhere is willing to give you work experience despite you making a real effort then I am sure the universities will be sympathetic to this. There are plenty of people in the same situation. If you have not done everything possible to get work experience then I would strongly suggest you write to the human resources department of every hospital which you could feasibly travel to and ask if they can help you. Good luck
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    Thank you so much for your replies <3 the truth is, I didn't think I'd be a doctor a year ago haha that's why I didn't apply then. I applied 4/5 months ago and received no replies, guess waiting lists were too long or something? But I just fear these massive University robotic admissions officers won't have emotions towards my difficulties


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    (Original post by DalimIrubab)
    I got AAAA at AS and 6 A*s 5 As at GCSE. I have 2 weeks' pharmacy work experience, 1 week dentists (to see how healthcare in general works), 2 weeks with a GP. I work at the British Heart Fousation and a food shelter for the homeless on Sundays. I also teach children for 2 hours on certain weekdays at the community centre which I helped to build two years ago. I also work in a care home and have reached national level debating 2 years ago and I enjoy writing etc.
    I haven't yet done the UKCAT test but I am hopeful that I'll do well. Despite these facts, will I still be able to be considered for Medicine without hospital/shadowing a doctor experience? HELP!


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    YES! Universities value caring experience much more because they know how difficult it is to get shadowing experience + those that have it have mommy or daddy helping them get it sometimes which isn't fair as most people don't have relatives in the NHS. Just make sure you reflect a lot on what you DO have.
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    (Original post by tibbles209)
    write to the human resources department of every hospital which you could feasibly travel to and ask if they can help you.
    THIS

    I live in the south east (near gatwick airport) and for my hospital experience I went to St. Georges Hospital and Bournemouth. It was a pain, but so worth it.

    That being said if it really isn't possible then just reflect everything you say back to medicine and you should be fine
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