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    I've recently found work experience after ages !! Anyways, I've found it at Boots Pharmacy would this be ok for Medical work experience. I honestly cannot find any other work experience except from the pharmacy
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    What do you think working in a pharmacy will teach you about being a doctor? If you can answer that question, then by all means do it, but bear in mind you will be up against people who've been doing work exp in hospitals, GPs etc.
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    (Original post by nisha.sri)
    I've recently found work experience after ages !! Anyways, I've found it at Boots Pharmacy would this be ok for Medical work experience. I honestly cannot find any other work experience except from the pharmacy

    Hi,
    Firstly breathe! Medical schools understand its difficult to acquire work experience but sadly the rationale is that you'll have a greater understanding of what you are getting into if experiencing a placement. It also allows you to have some patient experience and contact which you may not get as much elsewhere.

    Ideally, you would want a placement in a clinical setting such as a hospital or GP. Check out the RCGP who can give you a list of GPs in your local area who provide work experience to students. The link is at the end of my message.

    You can still see valuable, transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, leadership etc whilst at Boots but there are just some things which are acquired in a clinical setting.

    Are you doing any volunteering in a clinical area? Even when volunteering in a care home there will be doctors who come occasionally. Ask someone you work with if there is any possibility you could shadow them for a while.

    If you want some help brainstorming options do feel free to PM!

    Kind Regards,

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    Work Experience Lead for WAMSoc http://www.rcgp.org.uk/
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    (Original post by nisha.sri)
    I've recently found work experience after ages !! Anyways, I've found it at Boots Pharmacy would this be ok for Medical work experience. I honestly cannot find any other work experience except from the pharmacy
    Have you tried asking charities like Alzheimers Society? Have a look on do-it.org they have a lot of opportunities at various care settings. Or approaching independent care homes, thats where I'm doing work experience at the minute and they will bite your hand off for volunteers!
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    (Original post by Helenia)
    What do you think working in a pharmacy will teach you about being a doctor? If you can answer that question, then by all means do it, but bear in mind you will be up against people who've been doing work exp in hospitals, GPs etc.
    I know this is more for OP but would you say it's worth putting year 10 WE in a hospital in your PS?
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    Hi,
    Firstly breathe! Medical schools understand its difficult to acquire work experience but sadly the rationale is that you'll have a greater understanding of what you are getting into if experiencing a placement. It also allows you to have some patient experience and contact which you may not get as much elsewhere.

    Ideally, you would want a placement in a clinical setting such as a hospital or GP. Check out the RCGP who can give you a list of GPs in your local area who provide work experience to students. The link is at the end of my message.

    You can still see valuable, transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, leadership etc whilst at Boots but there are just some things which are acquired in a clinical setting.

    Are you doing any volunteering in a clinical area? Even when volunteering in a care home there will be doctors who come occasionally. Ask someone you work with if there is any possibility you could shadow them for a while.

    If you want some help brainstorming options do feel free to PM!

    Kind Regards,

    Mel
    Work Experience Lead for WAMSoc http://www.rcgp.org.uk/
    How do you use that site? Looks confusing.
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    (Original post by champ_mc99)
    I know this is more for OP but would you say it's worth putting year 10 WE in a hospital in your PS?
    If you found it useful and don't have loads of other stuff to write about, then sure!
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    (Original post by Helenia)
    If you found it useful and don't have loads of other stuff to write about, then sure!
    Thank you!
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    A pharmacy is good. But if I were you I would look for something else alongside it.
    Although most people will have clinical work experience it is not necessary and medical schools always talk about how they understand the struggle to find it. I would try harder and not give up; try emailing doctors in different specialties in different hospitals, even if not in your local area. I had to do this. Try also to email the human resources people at different hospitals as they can be helpful with finding experience.
    If you don't manage to do this, try to work at a charity shop or a care home/hospice, or try and volunteer with a charity that has something to do with medicine (the Alzheimer's society was a good idea - they have a scheme called Dementia Champions/friends or something like that for young people to get involved).
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    Call the hospitals. There is usually a person in each who is responsible work placements. I wrote to 5 and all got back to me within 2 weeks.
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    Hi,

    We know how tricky it can be to get medical work experience - believe me, you are not alone! We can help you to find relevant, high quality hospital work experience which will really help your application and interview to stand out - check out our website at http://www.gapmedics.co.uk/placement...rk-experience/ or drop us an email on [email protected]

    You can also download out free 'Getting into Medical School' Guide which is full of helpful hints and tips: http://www.gapmedics.co.uk/downloads/

    Good luck
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    There's no need to pay for work experience, I just spoke to local hospital trust work experience contacts and did it that way. You can organise a lot of work experience abroad just by picking up a telephone and speaking with people who are contacts of the doctors you shadow in the UK - that's what I've done.
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    (Original post by nisha.sri)
    I've recently found work experience after ages !! Anyways, I've found it at Boots Pharmacy would this be ok for Medical work experience. I honestly cannot find any other work experience except from the pharmacy
    Depends which schools you want to go to. Kings and Leeds for example want experience in a health-related setting but I am not sure if that includes Boots. Keel however prefer experience in a caring role but they also welcome experience where there is customer/client interaction for a service. So Boots would work if you are at the till.Edinburgh want experience relating to the diseased, the disadvanteges and the disabled.

    You would really need to look through the entry requirement guide published by the Medical Schools Council here:
    http://www.medschools.ac.uk/SiteColl...al-schools.pdf because if Boots is all you can get then it will obviously determine which schools you can go to.
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    (Original post by nisha.sri)
    I've recently found work experience after ages !! Anyways, I've found it at Boots Pharmacy would this be ok for Medical work experience. I honestly cannot find any other work experience except from the pharmacy
    Hi nisha.sri

    As some people have already said, medical schools understand that not everyone has access to the same opportunities for work experience. They are much more interested in what you have gained from the experience than where it was or how long you did it for.

    If you feel that you will gain transferable skills from working in a pharmacy then it is completely valid as work experience. Some people can have lots of different work experiences but not really get much from it, whereas others may have more limited experiences but gain a huge amount.

    I think that if you take on the role in the pharmacy with this is mind then you will get a lot out of it. Take each opportunity that you can within the experience to learn things that can be applied to your studies and take the time to reflect on these experiences so that you are aware of what you are gaining from them.

    You might be interested in reading this blog post which talks about this exact subject!

    I hope that has been of some help... do give me a shout if you have any questions.

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    (Original post by Helenia)
    What do you think working in a pharmacy will teach you about being a doctor? If you can answer that question, then by all means do it, but bear in mind you will be up against people who've been doing work exp in hospitals, GPs etc.
    I know this answer is not directed at me but recently, I've found a work experience placement at a hospice. Will that count as a clinical work experience?


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    (Original post by sahra30013)
    I know this answer is not directed at me but recently, I've found a work experience placement at a hospice. Will that count as a clinical work experience?


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    Hi sahra30013

    I think the same answer applies to you, in that how your work experience 'counts' depends on what you learn from it and what it teaches you about yourself in relation to your future in medicine.

    Work experience in a hospice can be a really valuable experience. Regardless of your duties while you are there, you are likely to have plenty of opportunity to see and be involved with things that will shape your thoughts and opinions about medicine. As long as you can reflect on these in a mature way then it has all the potential for you to gain masses from it.

    If you have a minute, you might want to have a read of this blog as it talks about really getting the most from your work experience, which will hopefully be of use.

    Do let me know if you have any more questions I can help with.

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