Published on March 10, 2023

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Online Medical Work Experience

Work experience is essential to medical school applications. If you’re thinking of applying to medical school, our free online medicine work experience will be a great place to start. We’ll be running 4 interactive sessions covering different specialties. The aims of this work experience programme are as follows:

  • To provide students with a realistic understanding of the working life of a doctor
  • To provide vast experiences to reflect on for medicine personal statements and interviews
  • To increase students’ understanding of each specialty covered
  • To build medical knowledge of the specialties covered
  • To participate in interactive case studies and experience simulated patient interactions
  • To develop the history taking and examination skills of participating students
  • To learn to diagnose illnesses in a simulated and supervised environment

By the end of the programme, you should have a much wider understanding of different specialties within medicine and have a range of experiences to discuss in your personal statement and interviews. All participants will have the opportunity to take the end of programme knowledge test, after which a certificate of completion will be provided should students achieve the 80% pass mark.

Medicine Work Experience F.A.Q

Do you offer in person work experience?

Yes! If you’re interested in our in person work experience, check out our week long residential medicine work experience in London, which also includes short term, non-residential options.

Why should I take part in this virtual work experience?

If you’re interested in applying for medical school, having some form of work experience is crucial to your application. Typically students will spend some time shadowing healthcare staff and talk about their experiences in their personal statement and interviews.
Our virtual medicine work experience covers elements of a different medical specialty in each session. Each session is interactive and intensive, engaging students and helping them learn an array of transferable skills that will make their application stand out amongst others.

What if I can’t attend the work experience live sessions? Will there be recordings?

We highly recommend attending each session live, as the sessions are interactive and live attendance will allow maximal benefit. However, we do understand that students have other commitments. As such, the recording of each medicine work experience session will be uploaded directly on our website for viewing.

Will I receive a certificate of participation for the work experience?

There will be an end of programme knowledge test with a pass mark of 80%. All students who achieve the pass mark will receive a certificate to demonstrate successful completion of their medical work experience.

What age group is the medicine work experience programme suitable for?

We recommend attending our work experience programme if you’re applying for medical school in 2024 entry. However, we’re happy for those considering applying in later years to also attend.

How old do I have to be to participate in the programme?

Most hospitals will only accept students who are at least 16 years of age for work experience. However, younger applicants from 14+ are more than welcome to participate in our virtual medicine work experience.

What safeguarding measures are in place during the programme?

Please see our safeguarding policy for more information.

What other support do you offer for medical school applications?

We offer complete support for medicine and dentistry applications. You can browse our website through the header, or use the links as follows. Check out our application packages for complete support from A-Z of the application, our live UCAT course, UCAT online course (175 bitesized lessons), UCAT tutoring, best selling UCAT book, UCAT revision planner, live BMAT course, BMAT online course (215 bitesized lessons), BMAT tutoring, live personal statement course, personal statement book, personal statement tutoring, personal statement reviews, live interview course, mock MMI interview circuits, interview tutoring, and university-specific interview mocks. If you’d like support with the full medical application process, from A-Z, with regular advice and feedback from our admissions experts, our medicine and dentistry application packages might be best for you. 🙂

Applying to medicine or dentistry in 2024? Check out our application packages which feature complete support for the UCAT, BMAT, interviews and personal statement, as well as monthly Support & Progress meetings with our admissions experts. We help 1000s of applicants each year, and we’d love to help you, too!

Session 1: Psychiatry

Saturday 25th March, 14:00-15:00

The aim of this medicine work experience session is to introduce you to the field of psychiatry. Through interactive cases, you’ll learn about psychiatric conditions, relevant history taking, examinations, and diagnostic tools. Students will have the opportunity to participate in diagnosing simulated patients.

Session 2: Abdominal X-Rays

Saturday 15th April, 17:00 – 18:00

The aim of this medicine work experience session is to introduce you to abdominal plain films. Through interactive case studies, you’ll learn how to assess a normal abdominal X-ray, and will understand features of abnormality. Students will have the opportunity to diagnose patient cases based on abdominal x-ray findings.

Session 3: Ophthalmology

Monday 15th May, 19:00 – 20:00

The aim of this medicine work experience session is to introduce you to the field of ophthalmology. You’ll learn from an eye surgeon about the leading causes of sight loss in the UK and how they are diagnosed and managed. The session will also equip you with the tools to help you differentiate between an eye problem that will get better with simple treatment and an eye problem that needs emergency treatment to avoid irreversible blindness and/or even death. As always, the session will be extremely interactive and provide the opportunity for you to participate and ask questions.

Session 4: General Surgery

Sunday 27th August, 10:00-11:00

The aim of this medicine work experience session is to introduce you to the field of general surgery. You’ll learn about common presentations, surgical emergencies, and non-surgical management of acute abdominal pathologies. Students will have the opportunity to participate in discussions and diagnostics.

Applying to medicine or dentistry in 2024? Check out our application packages which feature complete support for the UCAT, BMAT, interviews and personal statement, as well as monthly Support & Progress meetings with our admissions experts. We help 1000s of applicants each year, and we’d love to help you, too!

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