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Graduate-Entry Medicine: Taking a year to get experience before applying? watch

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    Haven't you asked this before?

    1) Plenty of people don't know doctors or medical students. Why would that stop your application? Also, you're not a child anymore, you're an adult.
    2) Not that hard. Just look around in hospitals, hospices, care homes, etc. You could even work as an HCA in your gap year or something.
    3) As someone who is in your shoes, I'm applying this year (4th year) and (hopefully) working as an HCA/TCA/something similar in my gap year (both for money and experience) as well as keeping up with my volunteering.

    EDIT: Do you actually want to do a masters?
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    Trust @volibear on her answers. But here are my 2 pennies.

    (Original post by xoelisee)
    Alternatively, just doing a Physicians Associate course starting this September.
    What?! The PA Masters course is 2 years. When are applying for medicine? I am confused.

    My questions are:

    1) Do I stand a realistic chance? I'm from a low income background so I don't know anyone from my school who has done medicine nor anyone who is a doctor so I don't have a clue whether my goal is completely unrealistic. I won't be offended so please just be honest.
    I didn't know anyone when I applied. It doesn't matter.

    2) How easy is it to get healthcare-related work experience? I already have an enhanced DBS check.
    Depends on who you ask, your determination and where you live. Where I am based it is fairly easy (Yorkshire).

    3) If you were in my shoes, what would you do? Both in the short and long-term.

    Thank you
    Well what are you looking for? Are you going for PA or MBBS / MBChB? If you are wanting to be a "consultant" and specialise then Medicine is to way to go. If you are looking for patient contact and treating patients then PA is definitely worth thinking about. Ask on the Healthcare forum for PA experience.
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