Blog post: Organising work experience to support your medical school application

By Christopher Graham and Rajiv Sethi

Admissions panels at medical schools judge your suitability and motivation by looking for evidence that you understand what a long term career in medicine entails. Emma Rowson, admissions officer at the University of Edinburgh, says it is important to gain experience with “diseased, disadvantaged, and disabled people (the three Ds).” She highlights that looking after patients can be extremely challenging and it is important to find out whether this is something you would find rewarding and are likely to enjoy long term. Getting some work experience—be it in a medical or non-medical setting —is a great way to develop this understanding and to find answers to common questions admissions staff might ask you.

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Elliot is a St George’s graduate currently working as an F1 Doctor in East London. As the first in his family to apply to university, Elliot is well aware of the barriers that can be faced in trying to get to medical school. He is passionate about widening access to medicine for underrepresented groups.
 He was the representative for St George’s on the BMA Medical Students Committee, and has done lots of work with local schools and colleges to raise awareness of medicine as a career, as well as working on admissions policies with the widening participation team St George’s. Elliot is part of the @BecomingaDr outreach team and National Health Careers Conference Team.