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Work Experience

Work experience is vital for anyone considering applying to medicine.

That’s because:

But the issue of medical work experience also poses some big questions:

If you’ve asked yourself these questions, don’t worry

They are very common queries. And we have created tools to help you answer all of them.

Broadly speaking, there are four types of medical work experience.

Read case studies and read more insights and advice about each one:

  1. Hospital Placements
  2. General Practice (GP) Placements
  3. Volunteering Placements
  4. International Placements

Whatever work experience you do, it’s critical you make it count.

Many people think doing the placement is enough. But it’s only step one! In order to stand out, you must reflect on what you’ve seen.

This can be tiring, especially after a long day of work experience.

That’s why we provide a free Personal Portfolio tool, which allows you to track all of your work experiences, and what you learnt from them, in a clear and simple way.

This can be easily printed out prior to your Personal Statement or Interview.

Sign up for your personal portfolio here.

Top Tip!

To make the most of your portfolio, use the Medic Portal’s 3-step Reflection Plan!

  1. Document your latest medical work experience as soon as possible.
  2. Revisit your entry a few days later, highlighting:
    • Key learning points
    • Areas for extra reading
    • Room for personal improvement
  3. Revisit your entry again after 2 weeks and document how you completed the objectives set out in point 2.

Remember — the reflective loop is never fully closed! You can add further insights at any point.

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