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How accommodating are medical schools around family commitments?

I am applying to graduate medicine for 2025 entry I have 2 children who will be 3 and 6 by then, childcare isn't an issue as my husband has a lot of flexibility in his working day so I'm not so worried about the odd sick day, I also work in health care so I see qualifying as a doctor as the projection along my current career path so thing's won't change too much day to day for our family. however I have been looking at placement years and at a lot of unis they have a local placement a commutable placement and a live away placement. So here's the thing the first two are fine but having a year away would really disrupt my Childrens schooling I am reluctant to move them for one year especially if it is the middle one as that could mean 3 school changes in 4 years (factoring in I might not get an offer at a local uni initially and that my youngest will be starting reception in my first placement year that's a lot of disruption for them!) is this something I could ask for a reasonable adjustment for to keep them stable for 4 years? has anyone been in this situation?
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Original post by Lorikg
I am applying to graduate medicine for 2025 entry I have 2 children who will be 3 and 6 by then, childcare isn't an issue as my husband has a lot of flexibility in his working day so I'm not so worried about the odd sick day, I also work in health care so I see qualifying as a doctor as the projection along my current career path so thing's won't change too much day to day for our family. however I have been looking at placement years and at a lot of unis they have a local placement a commutable placement and a live away placement. So here's the thing the first two are fine but having a year away would really disrupt my Childrens schooling I am reluctant to move them for one year especially if it is the middle one as that could mean 3 school changes in 4 years (factoring in I might not get an offer at a local uni initially and that my youngest will be starting reception in my first placement year that's a lot of disruption for them!) is this something I could ask for a reasonable adjustment for to keep them stable for 4 years? has anyone been in this situation?

You can ask, and I know caring responsibilities are taken into consideration at some med schools, but I am guessing it would be down to discretion as to whether it was allowed or not. I certainly know people with adjustments allowed due to being carers, but cannot say specifically for being a parent with another parent resident. It is something to ask admissions when you know where you might apply
Original post by Lorikg
I am applying to graduate medicine for 2025 entry I have 2 children who will be 3 and 6 by then, childcare isn't an issue as my husband has a lot of flexibility in his working day so I'm not so worried about the odd sick day, I also work in health care so I see qualifying as a doctor as the projection along my current career path so thing's won't change too much day to day for our family. however I have been looking at placement years and at a lot of unis they have a local placement a commutable placement and a live away placement. So here's the thing the first two are fine but having a year away would really disrupt my Childrens schooling I am reluctant to move them for one year especially if it is the middle one as that could mean 3 school changes in 4 years (factoring in I might not get an offer at a local uni initially and that my youngest will be starting reception in my first placement year that's a lot of disruption for them!) is this something I could ask for a reasonable adjustment for to keep them stable for 4 years? has anyone been in this situation?

Hi there,

I think usually there are many different types of extenuating circumstances and I believe that having children is usually one. I think it would be best to enquire this with specific universities at open days etc so you can get solid answers from different places you are applying to.

I hope this helps,

Ellen
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Uni of Sunderland
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