Want to gain medical school work experience this summer?
Medical school work experience is crucial in your medicine application and a key part of your Personal Statement. The earlier you start looking, the more chance you’ll have of finding a placement – as you’ll already know, medical work experience is in high demand and places will fill fast, so make sure you’re ahead of the game!
Make a list of all of the places you’re interested in completing work experience and places recommended by contacts, friends or family, complete with their:
This bank may take a while to build up, so you’ll have to dedicate some time to this stage! It might be easiest to do this using an Excel spreadsheet.
The easiest way to make contact is by phoning up and asking to speak to the work experience facilitator to enquire about a placement.
You may be asked to email over a copy of your CV and a cover letter, and afterwards you may be invited to an interview. Once you’ve contacted them, make a note on your spreadsheet so you don’t accidentally contact the same place twice!
You’re unlikely to be successful in the first few places you contact, so don’t be disheartened (here’s where you can breathe a sigh of relief that you started looking early!).
If you’re unsuccessful after trying several places, don’t worry – try thinking outside the box. Have you considered shadowing another healthcare professional? Or working in a pharmacy? There are many different ways to gain medical work experience, so be persistent and eventually you’ll find a great placement. Good luck!
For more advice on making the most of your placement, visit our Work Experience page.
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