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The raw competition of Medicine - Hospital work experience on sale for £500? watch

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    According to the BBC, the Chartwell Trust, which runs a private hospital in Essex is offering unpaid work experience in the hospital for £500. Also, students can be sure to learn interview techniques, have meetings with consultants and surgeons one-to-one.
    "A remarkable opportunity", the trust directors said.

    As I've experienced first hand, Medicine courses at University are fiercely competitive. Every part of your UCAS application seems to matter and be scrutinised. Some may agree it's an achievement in itself just gaining an interview.

    But is it controversial to pay your way to obtain hospital experience? Is it not controversial?

    I'm all in support for widening access to Medicine, making sure those that are disadvantaged in terms of having no links to medical professionals, but surely that price tag will be many people won't be able to afford it.

    Whether it'd be volunteering at a care home, working at a tuition centre for children, hospital experience, most people I know, including myself, have had to go out there and look for it ourselves, very often when we don't have medical connections. Often not a penny was paid. If you can show universities that you've put in time and effort to secure placements, then that effort should be commended.

    But if you can afford the hospital experience, then by all means go for it. The dream situation would be where hospitals can run schemes, perhaps in partnership with schools, free of charge for prospective students. But I don't think there are many of those at the moment.

    What do you think?

    BBC URL link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-34188028

    Hmm, £500 is definitely too much, should be less than that
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