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    My son is in year 11 and has been advised by his teacher to get some work experience on his own as it is difficult for school to find work experience related to medicine. I was wondering if I can get him two weeks at GP Surgery , how many hours a day I should ask for? I am planning to get it for him at the start of summer holidays so I need to ask my GP well in advance.
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    (Original post by ZeeVee1)
    My son is in year 11 and has been advised by his teacher to get some work experience on his own as it is difficult for school to find work experience related to medicine. I was wondering if I can get him two weeks at GP Surgery , how many hours a day I should ask for? I am planning to get it for him at the start of summer holidays so I need to ask my GP well in advance.
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    Bear in mind gp surgeries are inundated with requests for work experience so just take anything that may be offered. Try also care homes. They always like youngsters coming in and reading or talking to the residents. It may turn into a summer job if he is lucky.
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    (Original post by ZeeVee1)
    My son is in year 11 and has been advised by his teacher to get some work experience on his own as it is difficult for school to find work experience related to medicine. I was wondering if I can get him two weeks at GP Surgery , how many hours a day I should ask for? I am planning to get it for him at the start of summer holidays so I need to ask my GP well in advance.
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    you ask as though you will be accepted and are just choosing the hours. Obviously as above they are inundated with requests, and many GPs are teaching practices so they will have med students in too. It is not appropriate for so many observers in the room for obvious reasons.

    I don't get why applicants are so fixated on GP shadowing - the hospitals and medical schools offer work experience too (usually for free / nominal fee). Contact your local for further details. My local med school offers a few days (not the entire week) variable, but usually around 7 hours per day shadowing doctors and other healthcare professionals for a few hours during the day.
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    you should ideally get your son to do this himself

    it shows initiative
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    Thanks everyone.
    Just asking about amount hours with GP because my neighbour is a GP and I guess if I ask him he will be able to sort it out.
    And I will ask my son to go and talk to him for sure. Was not sure about how many hours a day it should be. Like full days of work like a job or just a few hours a day for couple of week.
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    (Original post by ZeeVee1)
    Thanks everyone.
    Just asking about amount hours with GP because my neighbour is a GP and I guess if I ask him he will be able to sort it out.
    And I will ask my son to go and talk to him for sure. Was not sure about how many hours a day it should be. Like full days of work like a job or just a few hours a day for couple of week.
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    you should have just asked him about this then! I would have asked my neighbour before coming to a forum to ask... Obviously full day is better than few hours per day, to gain a true experience of the work involved (it's what I would have asked the observer to do anyway).
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    ask your neighbour if your son could observe for a few days then.
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    How ever many hours he feels comfortable working. It should start from at least 4 hours a day, I'd say. This way he can see how the whole day works. It's good to check with the GP too to see what they recommend.

    Hope this helps!
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    How ever many hours he feels comfortable working. It should start from at least 4 hours a day, I'd say. This way he can see how the whole day works. It's good to check with the GP too to see what they recommend.

    Hope this helps!
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    Thanks. One thing more, is he going to get any kind of acknowledgment to prove he has done work experience. Should he ask for one?
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    (Original post by ZeeVee1)
    Thanks. One thing more, is he going to get any kind of acknowledgment to prove he has done work experience. Should he ask for one?
    Normally you can get a reference from your work experience. You could ask your neighbour if he would be willing to write a letter reporting on what your son did and how well he worked.
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    (Original post by ZeeVee1)
    Thanks everyone.
    Just asking about amount hours with GP because my neighbour is a GP and I guess if I ask him he will be able to sort it out.
    And I will ask my son to go and talk to him for sure. Was not sure about how many hours a day it should be. Like full days of work like a job or just a few hours a day for couple of week.
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    A week would be good. Definitely not more than 2 weeks.
    Depends on what the GP can accomodate. It could be 9 -3.30 or half a day or even 9-5 or any time. This is something you can discuss with the GP.
    Don't get fixated on the number of hours as it's more what you observe and understand than how long.
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    (Original post by ZeeVee1)
    Thanks. One thing more, is he going to get any kind of acknowledgment to prove he has done work experience. Should he ask for one?
    He can ask for it once his work experience has been done. It will be a little letter just saying what he did.
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