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    I'm a 5th year medical student studying in Charles University 1st Faculty of Medicine in Prague, Czech Republic, and was wondering whether UK universities generally tell their students to do compulsory medical placements? For me, we have to do them in 2nd, 4th and 5th year during the summer, and 6th year (yes we do 6 years of medicine). What about UK students?
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    (Original post by qasidb)
    I'm a 5th year medical student studying in Charles University 1st Faculty of Medicine in Prague, Czech Republic, and was wondering whether UK universities generally tell their students to do compulsory medical placements? For me, we have to do them in 2nd, 4th and 5th year during the summer, and 6th year (yes we do 6 years of medicine). What about UK students?
    What do you mean by compulsory medical placements? All UK medical students spent the vast majority of their time on placement when they hit the clinical years, and a large proportion have clinical activities in early years too.
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    What do you mean by compulsory medical placements? All UK medical students spent the vast majority of their time on placement when they hit the clinical years, and a large proportion have clinical activities in early years too.
    What I mean is a placement that usually happens during the summer holidays. But it's compulsory and the university decides what department you have to do it in (e.g. general surgery), and you have to organise it yourself.
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    (Original post by qasidb)
    What I mean is a placement that usually happens during the summer holidays. But it's compulsory and the university decides what department you have to do it in (e.g. general surgery), and you have to organise it yourself.
    No, holidays are ours to spend as we please. In clinical years they have a greatly reduced duration, but they are still ours to do with as we please.
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    (Original post by ForestCat)
    No, holidays are ours to spend as we please. In clinical years they have a greatly reduced duration, but they are still ours to do with as we please.
    So during no time of the year, whether it's summer holidays or otherwise, do you have to do compulsory placements that you have to organise for yourself?

    Since I was thinking of adding my compulsory summer placement details to my CV, and leaving out the fact that they were compulsory, but not lying by saying they were voluntary. E.g. "I undertook this placement during the summer where I went to this hospital for x amount of days/weeks and did this and that."
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    (Original post by qasidb)
    So during no time of the year, whether it's summer holidays or otherwise, do you have to do compulsory placements that you have to organise for yourself?

    Since I was thinking of adding my compulsory summer placement details to my CV, and leaving out the fact that they were compulsory, but not lying by saying they were voluntary. E.g. "I undertook this placement during the summer where I went to this hospital for x amount of days/weeks and did this and that."
    No. The only thing we organise ourselves is our elective, but that is during term time.
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    (Original post by ForestCat)
    No. The only thing we organise ourselves is our elective, but that is during term time.
    Thank you.
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    (Original post by qasidb)
    What I mean is a placement that usually happens during the summer holidays.
    Then its not during the summer holidays is it? Its just that your term time is longer than everyone else's surely? Which yes, is completely normal for medicine in the UK.

    For example, at my uni between the 3 clinical years the summer holidays were only 2 weeks. Not exactly enough time for a placement!

    The only different aspect seems to be that you have to organise it yourself. Which i have to say does just seem like pure laziness by the uni! However, that doesn't seem to conflict with the statement you want to write. Just hope they don't ask about it at interview i guess?
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    Then its not during the summer holidays is it? Its just that your term time is longer than everyone else's surely? Which yes, is completely normal for medicine in the UK.

    For example, at my uni between the 3 clinical years the summer holidays were only 2 weeks. Not exactly enough time for a placement!

    The only different aspect seems to be that you have to organise it yourself. Which i have to say does just seem like pure laziness by the uni! However, that doesn't seem to conflict with the statement you want to write. Just hope they don't ask about it at interview i guess?
    Hmm, well no, I'd still say it takes place during the summer holidays since after you've finished your exams in June, you can e.g. have your holidays and then decide to have your short placement in August, and then continue with your holiday until September when the new year starts.

    However, if we're talking technically, then even if you decide to do it in September, you could say that your term time has now also extended to September seeing as though you have to do said placement to pass the year. So you're correct in that sense.

    I suppose it depends on the way you look at it.
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