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    I am an international medical student in my final year. I cannot immediately apply for the FY1 programme after I graduate as my course length is different from the one taught in the UK. The licensing exam is in September 2016 while the deadline for the FY1 program is in August. From October 2016 I can temporarily register with the GMC and work as a locum but I do not feel that I have sufficient clinical experience.

    I am therefore looking to apply for 2-8 week visiting electives in London.

    How useful do you think they are for someone that's just graduated? I've heard that they aren't very hands on.

    I've contacted various universities regarding this.

    Any input on the topic would be appreciated!
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    I think it would be useful for any medical student to spent 2-8 weeks shadowing a FY1. You aren't likely to be able to do much (if anything) while in hospital as an observer but it will help you understand the system you are going to work in and learn how to deal with the issues that you will face as a new FY1.

    I would probably contact individual hospitals rather than universities as the medical schools themselves probably won't be able to arrange this for you. It might be a difficult "sell", though, as hospitals aren't likely to gain very much by having you there...

    Good luck.
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    (Original post by MonteCristo)
    I think it would be useful for any medical student to spent 2-8 weeks shadowing a FY1. You aren't likely to be able to do much (if anything) while in hospital as an observer but it will help you understand the system you are going to work in and learn how to deal with the issues that you will face as a new FY1.

    I would probably contact individual hospitals rather than universities as the medical schools themselves probably won't be able to arrange this for you. It might be a difficult "sell", though, as hospitals aren't likely to gain very much by having you there...

    Good luck.
    In that case, do you reckon instead of going into these paid programs I should just get experience through a contact? I know Doctors that will let me shadow for free. I think it's pretty much the same thing.
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    (Original post by Lil08)
    In that case, do you reckon instead of going into these paid programs I should just get experience through a contact? I know Doctors that will let me shadow for free. I think it's pretty much the same thing.
    I think that's what I would do unless there was a programme that would genuinely offer you practical experience.
 
 
 
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