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    Hi,

    How much work ex should I be doing in my gap year? How much do unis want so they know I haven't wasted a year? I was thinking two weeks to a month in a hospital and then usual care home and hospital volunteering alongside sports and stuff?

    Anyone have any tips/experience? I'm unsure as to what they want.
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    What course are you taking? Why those areas of work?
    Medicine?
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    Do you already have some work experience? Typically med schools expect you to have a couple of weeks of hospital and GP shadowing plus a year or so of long-term volunteering. If you're taking a gap year you should do something medicine-related but there's no need to overdo it. In the end med schools don't really care what experience you have and how much you have it - the most important thing is having at least some and being able to reflect well on it.

    Not wasting a year doesn't have to mean only doing medicine related stuff. Getting a job, traveling, reading and doing whatever else you enjoy can be really valuable experiences in terms of growing as a person, preparing you for life at uni and hopefully making you a better doctor at the end of it.

    I took a gap year and none of the med schools I applied to were interested in what I was doing with it. (I already had some volunteering experience which I talked about during the admissions process.) I have a health care related job which has been a good experience, but I feel like the things I've done that have been most valuable for me have been things entirely unrelated to medicine.
 
 
 
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