I have worked in a care home , had one week shadowing a surgeon and attended At surgical conference? Is this enough if I write about how this has confirmed medicine is for me etc
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How much work experience needed for medicine watch
- Thread Starter
- 08-02-2018 07:26
- 08-02-2018 07:31
It's not about how much, it's about how often like if you went and worked in a nursing home every day for 2 weeks it doesn't really say much about how committed you are. Medical schools look for commitment. So, If you went to the nursing home 3 times every two weeks for a longer period of time you would fare better as it shows you are committed to it and therefore reflects that you will be committed to learning medicine. To answer your question: get as much as you can just be sure to spread it out.
- 08-02-2018 07:34
Hi, I'm applying for medicine this year (2018 entry)
Is the care home a long term placement (i.e. somewhere you've done weekly volunteering for a long time)??
If so then I'd say that's plenty, just make sure to focus on what you've learned from these experiences when writing your PS. Of course your statement will have to touch on other things as well, such as hobbies, wider reading etc. but that will depend on where you're applying.
Hope that helps!
- 08-02-2018 08:04
Hi in my opinion medicine field requires more practical experience rather than theoretical knowledge and you should have deep concentration and commitment on work. However, from my own experience I found that it's not the quantity of work experience that's important, but what you learn and gain from the work experience.
Work experience is also important in enabling you to develop the relevant skills and qualities that are essential to becoming a good doctor, few examples are listed below
Ability to overcome problems
Ability to work independently
A sense of responsibility
A sense of service to the community
Experience of working with diverse groups