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Hi, I'm applying for medicine this coming autumn as I'm currently studying my AS levels
I know that aside from grades the experience and work you do is also important.
I've done one week of work experience at a GPs, I'm doing one week in a hospital in July and another week in a different GP, and I am also starting voluntary work with disabled children every Saturday morning and I have arranged to volunteer in a local care home in the summer. I also used to tutor children in maths (I don't know if this counts).

Is this enough or do medical applicants usually have more than this?

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(Original post by sumeyyatontus)
Hi, I'm applying for medicine this coming autumn as I'm currently studying my AS levels
I know that aside from grades the experience and work you do is also important.
I've done one week of work experience at a GPs, I'm doing one week in a hospital in July and another week in a different GP, and I am also starting voluntary work with disabled children every Saturday morning and I have arranged to volunteer in a local care home in the summer. I also used to tutor children in maths (I don't know if this counts).

Is this enough or do medical applicants usually have more than this?

Thanks
All this is very good work experience. The 'ideal' combo is some short term shadowing (e.g. a week at a GP) which you already have, plus some long-term volunteering, which you are about to start. Any work/volunteering that involves contact with the public or vulnerable groups such as children or the elderly is valuable.

The other important thing is to reflect on what you learned from your experiences in your personal statement - how it helped solidify your aim to be a doctor, how it helped improve your [insert appropriate skill here, e.g. listening, empathy, knowledge of health professions etc].

Remember to concentrate on your grades as well though - you can always get more work experience, but it's less easy to go back and retake your A-levels; only volunteer during term time if you are dealing with doing both easily.
Good luck
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