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!
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- Thread Starter
- 28-10-2015 12:10
- 28-10-2015 16:28
What you've done so far is fine. Medical schools understand that not everyone is lucky enough to get clinical work experience.