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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