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    (Original post by GrandExecutioner)
    That's nowhere near enough. I don't know why your teachers have recommended 4-8 weeks. Med schools want to see you've thought about medicine and so want to see commitment. This usually means long-term voluntary work. I'd say 3 months isn't enough to show this.

    As for work experience, DON'T contact a hospital at a time and wait for a response before moving on to the next one. People are busy and I didn't hear back from my placement for around 2 months. Contact as many as you can and I'd recommend contacting them now if you haven't already. In my opinion, I think voluntary work is more of a priority than work experience.
    8 weeks of volunteering would be fine: 8x7 is 56 days, so typically at 1 day a week, that would be about a year's worth, which would be about right . 1 day a week over 4-8 weeks would be nowhere near enough. And I would agree that volunteering is more important, and much more positively regarded by medical schools, than shadowing/work experience-some actively talk of avoiding being a drain on resources in busy, resource-poor environments (ie the NHS). Obviously, doing both is better, if you can get it, but you can educate yourself about a medical career in ways other than shadowing doctors, and most medical schools want to see a sustained commitment to some form of volunteering involving disadvantaged individuals in their applicants.
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    8 weeks of volunteering would be fine: 8x7 is 56 days, so typically at 1 day a week, that would be about a year's worth, which would be about right . 1 day a week over 4-8 weeks would be nowhere near enough. And I would agree that volunteering is more important, and much more positively regarded by medical schools, than shadowing/work experience-some actively talk of avoiding being a drain on resources in busy, resource-poor environments (ie the NHS). Obviously, doing both is better, if you can get it, but you can educate yourself about a medical career in ways other than shadowing doctors, and most medical schools want to see a sustained commitment to some form of volunteering involving disadvantaged individuals in their applicants.
    Ah, I see I thought the OP was inferring 1 day a week for 8 weeks not literally 8 weeks in total- which would absolutey be fine- but a strange way of summarising how much voluntary work you've done. (It looks better to say once a week for a year than a total of 8 weeks.)
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    Ah, I see I thought the OP was inferring 1 day a week for 8 weeks not literally 8 weeks in total- which would absolutey be fine- but a strange way of summarising how much voluntary work you've done. (It looks better to say once a week for a year than a total of 8 weeks.)
    I suspect that is what they were inferring and my answer was very much tongue in cheek to point out that "lip service" volunteering is exactly what med schools DO NOT want to see! If a regular commitment to helping less-advantaged individuals is not something you genuinely enjoy, then medicine may well not be the career for you!
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    (Original post by GANFYD)
    I suspect that is what they were inferring and my answer was very much tongue in cheek to point out that "lip service" volunteering is exactly what med schools DO NOT want to see! If a regular commitment to helping less-advantaged individuals is not something you genuinely enjoy, then medicine may well not be the career for you!
    Definitely!
 
 
 
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