Work experience is vital for anyone considering applying to medicine.
- It helps you to decide if medicine is right for you
- It shows that you are committed to the cause
- It’s the best way to see what being a doctor is really like
- It gives you plenty to talk about in your application
But the issue of medical work experience also poses some big questions:
- What types of work experience are there?
- How do I get work experience?
- And how can I make the most of it?
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:
- Hospital Placements
- General Practice (GP) Placements
- Volunteering Placements
- 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.
To make the most of your portfolio, use the Medic Portal’s 3-step Reflection Plan!
- Document your latest medical work experience as soon as possible.
- Revisit your entry a few days later, highlighting:
- Key learning points
- Areas for extra reading
- Room for personal improvement
- 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.