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    Hi,
    I've been committed to studying medicine for about a year and a half now, but I cannot for the life of me find any sort of shadowing placement at a hospital or GP.

    It's gotten to the point where I've been asking teachers to ask their friends and I can still find absolutely nothing.

    I've been emailing clinics, hospitals and GPs directly, and on the off-chance they reply, it's a rejection.

    I have, however, been volunteering at a local care home for months now, and could easily reflect on a lot of experiences from there in my personal statement and interviews (if I get them) when I apply next October.

    I was just wondering how essential hospital placements are. Everyone else seems to be getting them because they've got contacts, but I don't, and I feel like I don't stand a chance against the people who have gotten loads of different placements in an actual medical environment. Will the universities be understanding of that? Is there still a reasonable chance I'll get an offer based on my care work?

    Thanks
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    Universities will always understand that it isn't possible for everyone to get work experience-you've shown commitment in other ways. Many people do apply without the clinical experience. As long as you show understanding of a doctors life in your personal statement its fine
    Anyway, have you tried googling the NHS then your local authority and work experience-that tends to be the way you can get work experience in the hospital.
    Also if you are scottish you can apply to medic insight which allows you to get clinical experience in a variety of areas. If you are based in glasgow, applications for this close on Sunday, if dundee then they open next monday and I don't know about edinburgh. I'd google around.
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    (Original post by InspectorPadgett)
    Hi,
    I've been committed to studying medicine for about a year and a half now, but I cannot for the life of me find any sort of shadowing placement at a hospital or GP.
    That's surprising but sometimes happens.

    It's gotten to the point where I've been asking teachers to ask their friends and I can still find absolutely nothing.

    I've been emailing clinics, hospitals and GPs directly, and on the off-chance they reply, it's a rejection.
    Again surprising but could happen.

    I have, however, been volunteering at a local care home for months now, and could easily reflect on a lot of experiences from there in my personal statement and interviews (if I get them) when I apply next October.
    Good start...

    I was just wondering how essential hospital placements are.
    We want you to know what a doctor's life is like, and reflect on how the experience made you think that medicine is the course for you and doctor being the career for you.

    Everyone else seems to be getting them because they've got contacts,
    I didn't. The medical school I teach at offers taster courses and they don't need contacts.

    but I don't, and I feel like I don't stand a chance against the people who have gotten loads of different placements in an actual medical environment.
    Not necessarily. I had only 3 days and it worked for me.

    Will the universities be understanding of that? Is there still a reasonable chance I'll get an offer based on my care work? Thanks
    First question - where are you based?
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    That's surprising but sometimes happens.



    Again surprising but could happen.



    Good start...



    We want you to know what a doctor's life is like, and reflect on how the experience made you think that medicine is the course for you and doctor being the career for you.



    I didn't. The medical school I teach at offers taster courses and they don't need contacts.



    Not necessarily. I had only 3 days and it worked for me.



    First question - where are you based?
    I'm based in the Leeds/Bradford area, if that would be any help.
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    (Original post by AzureCeleste)
    Universities will always understand that it isn't possible for everyone to get work experience-you've shown commitment in other ways. Many people do apply without the clinical experience. As long as you show understanding of a doctors life in your personal statement its fine
    Anyway, have you tried googling the NHS then your local authority and work experience-that tends to be the way you can get work experience in the hospital.
    Also if you are scottish you can apply to medic insight which allows you to get clinical experience in a variety of areas. If you are based in glasgow, applications for this close on Sunday, if dundee then they open next monday and I don't know about edinburgh. I'd google around.
    What sorts of things would I say to show this understanding of a doctor's life?

    And I'm unfortunately not Scottish. I live in Bradford.
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    Have you tried looking for voluntary work in hospitals? Ward Support and the like? Hospitals typically have volunteering departments.
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    (Original post by ecolier)
    It would actually, have you tried emailing the University of Leeds medical school? They are usually very good....

    It's a shame about LTHT - I thought they offer work experience at the drop of a hat too. Who have you emailed there?
    I have not actually tried Leeds Medical School yet, so I will definitely get on that. Thanks.
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    (Original post by InspectorPadgett)
    I'm based in the Leeds/Bradford area, if that would be any help.
    Have you tried Airedale? They do student placements.
    You often find only one hospital is designated for this in an area. For example Blackpool covers LA postcodes (50 miles away!).
    Airedale is closer - but was no go for me.
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    (Original post by InspectorPadgett)
    Hi,
    I've been committed to studying medicine for about a year and a half now, but I cannot for the life of me find any sort of shadowing placement at a hospital or GP.

    It's gotten to the point where I've been asking teachers to ask their friends and I can still find absolutely nothing.

    I've been emailing clinics, hospitals and GPs directly, and on the off-chance they reply, it's a rejection.

    I have, however, been volunteering at a local care home for months now, and could easily reflect on a lot of experiences from there in my personal statement and interviews (if I get them) when I apply next October.

    I was just wondering how essential hospital placements are. Everyone else seems to be getting them because they've got contacts, but I don't, and I feel like I don't stand a chance against the people who have gotten loads of different placements in an actual medical environment. Will the universities be understanding of that? Is there still a reasonable chance I'll get an offer based on my care work?

    Thanks
    Have you tried considering volunteering/ shadowing for dentists or opticians? I know it’s not medicine but it is a clinical environment and there are a lot more dental surgeries than GP practices. At least it shows initiative when applying to med school that you chose thr next best thing for experience.
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    (Original post by InspectorPadgett)
    What sorts of things would I say to show this understanding of a doctor's life?

    And I'm unfortunately not Scottish. I live in Bradford.
    Well in the care home, if you've seen teamwork skills then you could talk about that and how you have them. Basically search up qualities of a doctor I'd say and try and link it to what've you learnt in the care home. You will have learnt empathy which is an important quality so you could talk about that
 
 
 
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