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No work experience, only volunteering!! Please help... watch

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    Hey I know applications have already been sent out, but I know there's still some time left before interviews come round (that is, if i I get an interview offer..) so I figured I ought to ask.. (while panicking)

    I have absolutely 0 work experience in a pure hospital setting. Only volunteering - but even then, not in public hospitals or private clinics.

    That being said, here's what I've done:
    - 6 months volunteering every Sunday at a local elderly home (ongoing)

    - 1 week at a children's home/orphanage for mentally and physically disabled children in China; I spent the week with a group of young children suffering from cerebral palsy (honestly what cemented my decision to pursue medicine)

    - 1 week spending time with kids at an orphanage in Kathmandu, Nepal

    - 1 year of tutoring primary school children of ethnic minorities (ongoing)

    - 2 months of deliveries (not ongoing) and managing social media (Facebook, Instagram) of a local health food company (ongoing)

    Next month I'll be volunteering in the paediatric ward of a local hospital here, I've signed up to be a volunteer at a hospice, and I've sent e-mails to a children's hospital as well as one of the local teaching hospitals, asking if they may allow me to shadow one of their doctors.

    I know it's 100% my fault for being late in getting clinical attachments/shadowing, in my humble defence I was hesitant as I'm not fluent in the local language (... but I guess it's up to me to overcome that hurdle)

    I also realise it's about what you gain from the experience as opposed to how many you have... but...

    In the worst case scenario, if I end up going into interviews with only volunteering experiences under my belt (all of which so far have been extremely rewarding!) - would I be frowned upon?

    I feel that I could still back up my justification for wanting to do medicine, but whether my lack of work experience would render my words incredulous....

    Thanks so much!

    What you've done so far is fine. Medical schools understand that not everyone is lucky enough to get clinical work experience.
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