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Work experience


Why is it important?

Work experience is valuable for two main reasons:

  1. It helps give you a taste of medicine, to make sure you know that medicine is for you.
  2. It is expected for your medical school application and interview. What you have learned from the experience can make you stand out from the crowd.

How much is enough?

There is no definitive answer and you could even say that you can never have enough. The competition into medicine is very high and so someone will always have more work experience than you. Try to get as much experience as you feasibly can; start gaining it as early as you can. What you want to make sure of is that you have something that you can talk about on your personal statement and at interview. You can read our case-studies to see what some medics actually did that helped them get into medical school.

We will look at three main types of work experience:

1.    Work shadowing

2.    Volunteering

3.    Paid work

We will also look at some other suggestions.


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