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    Hi guys, I'm looking to apply to medicine this year and I am worried that I do not have enough work experience. I am going to Thailand in August on a 2 week course to gain clinical work experience, I work in a charity shop and volunteer at an old people's home. I am also looking into trying to shadow my orthodontist as my family know her quite well and although I realise the link to medicine is not direct I feel like any clinical experience will be relevant. I was wondering if anyone has any experience trying to shadow their GP? I only truly realised I wanted to do medicine a month ago which sounds crazy but that's just how things worked out and I'm desperately trying to get as much experience as I can before September. Is there anything else I could do? I'm also wondering if my GCSEs are good enough. My results were:
    5A*, 7A and 1B. Thanks for any information-J x
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    (Original post by jade_farlow)
    Hi guys, I'm looking to apply to medicine this year and I am worried that I do not have enough work experience. I am going to Thailand in August on a 2 week course to gain clinical work experience, I work in a charity shop and volunteer at an old people's home. I am also looking into trying to shadow my orthodontist as my family know her quite well and although I realise the link to medicine is not direct I feel like any clinical experience will be relevant. I was wondering if anyone has any experience trying to shadow their GP? I only truly realised I wanted to do medicine a month ago which sounds crazy but that's just how things worked out and I'm desperately trying to get as much experience as I can before September. Is there anything else I could do? I'm also wondering if my GCSEs are good enough. My results were:
    5A*, 7A and 1B. Thanks for any information-J x
    What sort of work experience will you be doing in Thailand?

    Assuming it's a hospital placement, that, and your volunteering in the old people's home are very relevant; the charity shop and orthodontist far less so.

    It's not about how much work experience you have, but rather how well you reflect on it in your personal statement and at interview. Two weeks is more than enough time to get some good observations and thoughts down on your PS

    Your GCSEs will be fine for the majority of med schools, but don't apply to the ones which use GCSE results to pick interview candidates e.g. Oxford, Cardiff, Birmingham.
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    Hello Jade,

    It's great that you're thinking of doing medicine and have arranged some clinical experience abroad. It's best to treat Work experience as a chance to reflect on whether medicine really is for you. Avoid thinking of it as a tick-box exercise.

    In general, the more experience you have the better and voluntary experience is certainly a great thing. We recommend that you try to get at least a week in a primary care setting (ie GP shadowing) and another week in a secondary setting (i.e. Hospital) so that you can start to understand more about how the NHS functions.

    For more work experience advice, check out: www.uniadmissions.co.uk/medical-work-experience

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    (Original post by jade_farlow)
    Hi guys, I'm looking to apply to medicine this year and I am worried that I do not have enough work experience. I am going to Thailand in August on a 2 week course to gain clinical work experience, I work in a charity shop and volunteer at an old people's home. I am also looking into trying to shadow my orthodontist as my family know her quite well and although I realise the link to medicine is not direct I feel like any clinical experience will be relevant. I was wondering if anyone has any experience trying to shadow their GP? I only truly realised I wanted to do medicine a month ago which sounds crazy but that's just how things worked out and I'm desperately trying to get as much experience as I can before September. Is there anything else I could do? I'm also wondering if my GCSEs are good enough. My results were:
    5A*, 7A and 1B. Thanks for any information-J x
    Hi there,

    From what you've written it looks like you've got quite a lot of work experience lined up. The most important thing to do when you're doing work experience - whether it's at the orthodontist or in a clinical setting in Thailand - is to reflect on how the skills you observe in those you are shadowing or the skills you use and develop yourself are similar to those required of a doctor.

    Try and keep a diary of your experiences to jot down anything interesting or of note. Then reflect on those experiences as you write them!

    This way, you'll have a bank of interview and personal statement ammunition to use to wow those admissions tutors.

    For your GCSE grades, you're certainly above the minimum requirements. As written above, avoid the more GCSE-heavy unis. To see exactly what the minimum GCSE grades are for every UK university for 2017 entry, check out our Medical School Comparison Tool.

    Good luck with it all!

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