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    I'm currently in year 11 and hoping to pursue a career in medicine. Just a couple of questions I have:

    1) I volunteered at an after-school club for disabled children over a period of six months. Does this count as anything?

    2) Does it have to be all in a clinical setting or could it be anything with people?

    3) When should I start getting experience in a clinical setting? Was thinking of emailing my local hospital for just after my GCSE exams but is that too early?

    4) What are the most important things to take/learn from experience? What do unis look for? Is it more about quality or quantity?

    Thanks in advance for any replies.
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    (Original post by Nikey)
    I'm currently in year 11 and hoping to pursue a career in medicine. Just a couple of questions I have:

    1) I volunteered at an after-school club for disabled children over a period of six months. Does this count as anything?

    2) Does it have to be all in a clinical setting or could it be anything with people?

    3) When should I start getting experience in a clinical setting? Was thinking of emailing my local hospital for just after my GCSE exams but is that too early?

    4) What are the most important things to take/learn from experience? What do unis look for? Is it more about quality or quantity?

    Thanks in advance for any replies.
    1) Yes, it counts - just make sure you mention how it is relevant at your personal statement / interview

    2) Clinical is better as it showed you are motivated and you know what it is like

    3) Get it as soon as possible, and the more the better (obviously balancing it with your studies - you can't be there 24/7)

    4) It's always quality - you need to reflect on the things you have observed and think why it motivated you to want to do medicine
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    (Original post by ecolier)
    1) Yes, it counts - just make sure you mention how it is relevant at your personal statement / interview

    2) Clinical is better as it showed you are motivated and you know what it is like

    3) Get it as soon as possible, and the more the better (obviously balancing it with your studies - you can't be there 24/7)

    4) It's always quality - you need to reflect on the things you have observed and think why it motivated you to want to do medicine
    Thank you I'm hoping to specialise in paediatrics which is why I volunteered where I did. Will email the hospital later.
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    (Original post by Nikey)
    Thank you I'm hoping to specialise in paediatrics which is why I volunteered where I did. Will email the hospital later.
    Good for you, make sure you mention this at your interviews (and also why you wanted to do paeds)! Good luck
 
 
 
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