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    I have been calling an emailing surgeries and doctors in hospitals and I am yet to receive a single reply.
    I'm worried that either I get into medicine without enough experience to realise that its not the career for me or that I don't get in because I don't have enough experience.
    My volunteering consists of basically just music
    I play guitar and sing every sunday at mass and I've done charitable christmas performances with the choir
    I've also done battle of the bands and stuff but I don't know how that will help me with getting a place
    What more do you think I should do and has anybody gotten in with little experience ( eg 1 - 2 weeks ) and how did you find going into the course from there?
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    Have you tried local charity organisations related to health care??
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    (Original post by a_d_e)
    I have been calling an emailing surgeries and doctors in hospitals and I am yet to receive a single reply.
    I'm worried that either I get into medicine without enough experience to realise that its not the career for me or that I don't get in because I don't have enough experience.
    My volunteering consists of basically just music
    I play guitar and sing every sunday at mass and I've done charitable christmas performances with the choir
    I've also done battle of the bands and stuff but I don't know how that will help me with getting a place
    What more do you think I should do and has anybody gotten in with little experience ( eg 1 - 2 weeks ) and how did you find going into the course from there?
    How far and wide have you searched? Have you also looked into hospices, care homes for disabled individuals, etc?
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    (Original post by a_d_e)
    I have been calling an emailing surgeries and doctors in hospitals and I am yet to receive a single reply.
    I'm worried that either I get into medicine without enough experience to realise that its not the career for me or that I don't get in because I don't have enough experience.
    My volunteering consists of basically just music
    I play guitar and sing every sunday at mass and I've done charitable christmas performances with the choir
    I've also done battle of the bands and stuff but I don't know how that will help me with getting a place
    What more do you think I should do and has anybody gotten in with little experience ( eg 1 - 2 weeks ) and how did you find going into the course from there?
    Hi a_d_e

    Firstly, don't panic!

    Universities do realise that not everyone has access to the same opportunities and the most important thing about work experience is the ability to reflect maturely on the experience you have had and what you have gained from it.

    I am sure if you continue to approach appropriate places that you will secure something, you just need to be consistent and keep going until you find something.

    When you do have something in place, just go into it with the attitude that it is about what you can gain from it and it will be a really valuable experience.

    I hope that helps... give me a shout if you have any questions!

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    Two of my friends volunteer in a local hospice and another works in a care home. All offer valuable experience and may be a little easier to get into. Good luck!
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    (Original post by a_d_e)
    I have been calling an emailing surgeries and doctors in hospitals and I am yet to receive a single reply.
    I'm worried that either I get into medicine without enough experience to realise that its not the career for me or that I don't get in because I don't have enough experience.
    My volunteering consists of basically just music
    I play guitar and sing every sunday at mass and I've done charitable christmas performances with the choir
    I've also done battle of the bands and stuff but I don't know how that will help me with getting a place
    What more do you think I should do and has anybody gotten in with little experience ( eg 1 - 2 weeks ) and how did you find going into the course from there?
    Who have you been talking to at the GP surgeries? I found it is best to ask for the practice manager otherwise you end up talking to some monkey who knows nothing or can't be bothered to get off their chair.
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    (Original post by a_d_e)
    I have been calling an emailing surgeries and doctors in hospitals and I am yet to receive a single reply.
    I'm worried that either I get into medicine without enough experience to realise that its not the career for me or that I don't get in because I don't have enough experience.
    My volunteering consists of basically just music
    I play guitar and sing every sunday at mass and I've done charitable christmas performances with the choir
    I've also done battle of the bands and stuff but I don't know how that will help me with getting a place
    What more do you think I should do and has anybody gotten in with little experience ( eg 1 - 2 weeks ) and how did you find going into the course from there?
    Try the NHS work experience placements for year13's or search a local hopsice/charity shop to do with medicine/health and social care relating to medicine. Care homes are good.

    Or search around, do a gap years work experience with a company and/or go on the GVI volunteers internship programme? The Gap Years work experience with science companies are really good tho ( but it depends where you're located in the UK)
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    Same situation as you. Email care homes (been told they are much more valuable as in what you will learn from it). They are bound to reply. Try hospices but I presume they will have a looong waiting list so I ruled it out. Your music experience can be useful (if you can relate it to the qualities you need to be a doctor).
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    Hospices take ages to reply....I had to wait a year since I left my application. So I decided to take a gap year and now I have more work experience...

    But don't give up. Keep on chasing these people. Someone is bound to give you one place
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    St John's ambulance?
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    Pretty much every hospital will have some variety of work experience scheme and someone who co-ordinates it.

    You're speaking to the wrong people.
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    go to a pharmacy
 
 
 
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