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    Hi,

    So I am a sixth form student studying biology Chem and maths. And I aspiring to do medicine in uni. So far I have had some charity work experience. I am soon going to be helping out at a Girlguiding centre. Do you think that this is a good volunteering idea or should I try find something else? I have searched for care homes numerous times and haven't found anything. Also, is having a job in the summer any good for my application.
    Just need to know what I need to do to maximise my chances of getting into medicine.
    Oh and what are the best university for medicine?

    Thanks (sorry for making it so long) 😊
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    (Original post by Maams_xo)
    Hi,

    So I am a sixth form student studying biology Chem and maths. And I aspiring to do medicine in uni. So far I have had some charity work experience. I am soon going to be helping out at a Girlguiding centre. Do you think that this is a good volunteering idea or should I try find something else? I have searched for care homes numerous times and haven't found anything. Also, is having a job in the summer any good for my application.
    Just need to know what I need to do to maximise my chances of getting into medicine.
    Oh and what are the best university for medicine?

    Thanks (sorry for making it so long) 😊
    https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/Medicine

    The above link will probably answer most questions you have, but don't hesitate to ask any more if you want. Just a few things,
    - Work experience in a clinical setting is pretty essential ( GP, hospital, surgery ect)
    - Volunteering in a care setting is even more important
    - A summer job is not that impressive, but you could mention it as an example of a skill ( depends on the type of work)
    - No university is the best, there are too many factors involved and different people have different preferences
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    (Original post by HopelessMedic)
    https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/Medicine

    The above link will probably answer most questions you have, but don't hesitate to ask any more if you want. Just a few things,
    - Work experience in a clinical setting is pretty essential ( GP, hospital, surgery ect)
    - Volunteering in a care setting is even more important
    - A summer job is not that impressive, but you could mention it as an example of a skill ( depends on the type of work)
    - No university is the best, there are too many factors involved and different people have different preferences
    So you think me volunteering at a girl guide centre is not good or?? Because I am not able to find any care home at the moment.
    Also, on your form do you have to mention how long you did your volunteering for. And I am shadowing a doctor for a week at hosptial is that good?
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    (Original post by Maams_xo)
    Hi,

    So I am a sixth form student studying biology Chem and maths. And I aspiring to do medicine in uni. So far I have had some charity work experience. I am soon going to be helping out at a Girlguiding centre. Do you think that this is a good volunteering idea or should I try find something else? I have searched for care homes numerous times and haven't found anything. Also, is having a job in the summer any good for my application.
    Just need to know what I need to do to maximise my chances of getting into medicine.
    Oh and what are the best university for medicine?

    Thanks (sorry for making it so long) 😊
    Hospitals tend to have voluntary placements
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    It isnt what you do - its how you use this in your PS to show that you have the right attributes for Medicine such as empathy, communication, altruism, maturity, emotional stamina, team player etc.

    So there isnt anything 'wrong' with Guiding as you can use this, but you will need experience of dealing with the reality of care. This is why something like Aged Care, Special School, Homeless Shelter, shadowing a GP or any other health professional, is advisable as well - because otherwise you have no obvious way of showing that you realy do understand what working in the NHS or dealing with vulnerable people is actually like.

    If you can't get to do this stuff before October (to include in your PS) then think seriously about a year of getting this experience after you've left school. You dont have to go to Uni straight from school - and in many ways you'll make a much better doctor if you do something else first. It also means you can concentrate on getting the best possible grades rather than being distracted with Open Days, UCAS and Interview stress.
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    (Original post by Maams_xo)
    So you think me volunteering at a girl guide centre is not good or?? Because I am not able to find any care home at the moment.
    Also, on your form do you have to mention how long you did your volunteering for. And I am shadowing a doctor for a week at hosptial is that good?
    Girl guiding is fine providing you are able to reflect well upon it. Care homes are not the only source of care volunteering, there are some other options ( take a look at the link in my last post). I would highly recommend Revitalise http://revitalise.org.uk/ , if you are doing Gold DOFE this also counts as you residential so imo it's really beneficial.

    You don't have to mention how long ( by form i assume you mean personal statement), you just have to show long term commitment.
    Doctor shadowing is standard, and again providing you are able to reflect on what you learnt then it is sufficient.

    Work experience isn't about ticking a box, how long you spent or how many placements you did really doesn't matter, at interviews you have to be able to explain why your experiences have given you an insight into medicine and what you feel you learned about the role of a doctor and the skills needed.
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    Hey :-) I just want to second the great responses from other members, especially returnmigrant. Your Girlguiding can definitely be useful so long as you acquire social/transferable skills during the experience and then can confidently write and speak about them in your personal statement and interviews. The summer job isn't really that important though I suppose you could talk about it in the context of time management.

    Best of luck!

    Alex, 4th year UCL medic
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