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    I'm just completing an application form for shadowing a doctor in a hospital and it asks you for "any areas of medicine that specifically interest you" obviously to allocate shadowing in your preferred departments.
    I am not set on a certain specialty, so I was just wondering if anyone had a particularly interesting shadowing experience when on work experience and if so which department it was in. I appreciate that it depends on which hospital you are in/ how enthusiastic the doctor you are shadowing is, but any tips on the best departments to hint for would be great! Thank you
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    (Original post by Tea2345)
    I'm just completing an application form for shadowing a doctor in a hospital and it asks you for "any areas of medicine that specifically interest you" obviously to allocate shadowing in your preferred departments.
    I am not set on a certain specialty, so I was just wondering if anyone had a particularly interesting shadowing experience when on work experience and if so which department it was in. I appreciate that it depends on which hospital you are in/ how enthusiastic the doctor you are shadowing is, but any tips on the best departments to hint for would be great! Thank you
    Any experience like this is of course fantastic, regardless of department! I did a similar weeks experience within cardiology at my local hospital. It was the best experience I have done and solidified my interest in the subject. Although I was technically under the supervision of a consultant, I spent nearly all my time with one of his specialist registrars and an FY2. Both of whom were fantastically helpful and made me feel like I was there to learn like a medical student and as the SPR works in med admission at Cambridge I got some good advice for applying as well!
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    (Original post by Tea2345)
    I'm just completing an application form for shadowing a doctor in a hospital and it asks you for "any areas of medicine that specifically interest you" obviously to allocate shadowing in your preferred departments.
    I am not set on a certain specialty, so I was just wondering if anyone had a particularly interesting shadowing experience when on work experience and if so which department it was in. I appreciate that it depends on which hospital you are in/ how enthusiastic the doctor you are shadowing is, but any tips on the best departments to hint for would be great! Thank you
    Something ward based, preferably with a bit of grit e.g. a general medical specialty like gastroenterology or respiratory. A&E would also be good.

    There's no point spending the whole time in the operating theatre (it feels very exciting on work experience, but it's actually not that useful for the purposes of your application).
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    (Original post by Mightybadger16)
    Any experience like this is of course fantastic, regardless of department! I did a similar weeks experience within cardiology at my local hospital. It was the best experience I have done and solidified my interest in the subject. Although I was technically under the supervision of a consultant, I spent nearly all my time with one of his specialist registrars and an FY2. Both of whom were fantastically helpful and made me feel like I was there to learn like a medical student and as the SPR works in med admission at Cambridge I got some good advice for applying as well!
    I was actually thinking about cardiology, thank you for the advice!

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    Something ward based, preferably with a bit of grit e.g. a general medical specialty like gastroenterology or respiratory. A&E would also be good.

    There's no point spending the whole time in the operating theatre (it feels very exciting on work experience, but it's actually not that useful for the purposes of your application).
    I spent an afternoon shadowing an FY1 in a stroke unit which was definitely gritty but I have a lot of things I could draw from it in my application and I also spent a morning in theatre which you're completely right about - it was so exciting at the time getting into scrubs and everything, but all I did for 4 hours was stand and watch- not much to reflect on haha!

    I think I will ask for a day in A&E maybe, thanks for the advice!
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    Agreed that cardiology, respiratory, and gastroenterology are great choices as you will see ward rounds, outpatient clinics, and possibly procedure lists as well. Both A&E and acute medicine would be hard to beat if they are options. Avoid surgical specialties.
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    (Original post by MonteCristo)
    Agreed that cardiology, respiratory, and gastroenterology are great choices as you will see ward rounds, outpatient clinics, and possibly procedure lists as well. Both A&E and acute medicine would be hard to beat if they are options. Avoid surgical specialties.
    I agree completely. In cardiology I went on ward rounds, saw patients who'd come in for appointments, attended emergency cardiac calls and attended a lot of cath labs. I also volunteer in A&E which is an amazing and eye opening experience. I don't know how easy it would be to shadow there due to the nature and intensity of the department, but if you can do it I would highly recommend it.

    Regarding surgery, I did a lab placement over summer which involved going over to the hospital to get bowel samples for study. I was very excited to go over into the theatre, but to be honest after a few hours (we had to wait for the sample to be removed on time) it got a bit boring and I did not get much out of it.

    Best of luck!
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    (Original post by Mightybadger16)
    I agree completely. In cardiology I went on ward rounds, saw patients who'd come in for appointments, attended emergency cardiac calls and attended a lot of cath labs. I also volunteer in A&E which is an amazing and eye opening experience. I don't know how easy it would be to shadow there due to the nature and intensity of the department, but if you can do it I would highly recommend it.

    Regarding surgery, I did a lab placement over summer which involved going over to the hospital to get bowel samples for study. I was very excited to go over into the theatre, but to be honest after a few hours (we had to wait for the sample to be removed on time) it got a bit boring and I did not get much out of it.

    Best of luck!
    wow you have done LOADS of work experience/volunteering haha, i have no chance of getting into med school if everyone has done as much as you :/ what year are you in ?
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    (Original post by Tea2345)
    wow you have done LOADS of work experience/volunteering haha, i have no chance of getting into med school if everyone has done as much as you :/ what year are you in ?
    Thanks! I honestly just enjoy it a lot.
    I am in third year of my biomedicine degree at the moment and applying for graduate medicine for 2018. GEM is more competitive so thats why I am getting so much experience to hopefully make me stand out!
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    (Original post by Mightybadger16)
    Thanks! I honestly just enjoy it a lot.
    I am in third year of my biomedicine degree at the moment and applying for graduate medicine for 2018. GEM is more competitive so thats why I am getting so much experience to hopefully make me stand out!
    ah okay yeah graduate medicine is a hell of a lot more competitive (if thats even possible lol), I thought you were still at school and was just like how have they managed all that with a levels haha!

    Good luck with your application
 
 
 
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