Work experience is an important part of the path to medicine.
Many medical schools require or strongly encourage applicants to have work experience in a healthcare or related field. This is to:
Even when work experience is not a compulsory requirement, students may be asked to draw upon their work experience during a medical school interview.
Therefore, it is important to encourage your students to reflect on the work experience especially with relevance to medicine, rather than approaching it as a box-ticking exercise.
Work experience may be paid, voluntary, or involve observation. Students can find work experience in:
Students often struggle with where to find work experience. You can refer your students to Medify’s free Work Experience App, which shows work experience placements from around the UK.
You can find useful tips for your students in the following resources:
Students can also gain indirect experience by reading good books written by doctors that depict their real experience.
COVID-19 has made it harder for students to obtain their usual work experience. Here are extra tips to help your students: