This guide will tell you what you need to know about international placements if you’re looking at 2022 entry and beyond.
Getting medical work experience overseas can be a great method for developing your understanding of Medicine in the global context, and can be a truly excellent addition to your portfolio.
But international experience can also be costly and it is not a prerequisite to getting into Medical School.
It’s not possible to get an international placement at the moment since there are travel bans in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Overseas medical placements offer the opportunity for you to witness cases that you might not see at home. For example, tropical diseases such as malaria and dengue fever are much more prevalent in developing countries.
An awareness of the economic, social and environmental factors affecting healthcare in other regions could help your application to make an impression. Leaving your comfort zone and exploring diverse interests is something that could impress admissions officers.
If you’re fortunate enough to experience healthcare abroad, you must make it count.
Admissions tutors often tell us how frustrating it can be when faced with a student who has excellent work experience – but they haven’t reflected upon what they’ve learnt.
Students who reflect on their experiences well are able to pick out striking examples of how international healthcare varies in comparison to the NHS. They can also talk confidently around global healthcare issues such as resources and education.
If you decide an international placement is right for you, make sure you keep a detailed diary and reflect as much as possible to squeeze all the value out of this opportunity.
International work experience is not a requirement, so you may feel that it’s better to say at home and find a local placement. Some alternative options include:
You may be able to find some webinars or live Q&As with students and Doctors abroad, who will be able to share their experiences with you. This would help demonstrate your motivation to study Medicine without the commitment of an international placement.
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