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Gaining experience for applying to Medical School

Gaining relevant experience is a key part of your application to medical school.

Where to start

Relevant experience is essential for applying to medical school. You will need to be able to show how you have developed interpersonal skills.

You'll also need to understand what makes good patient care. Patients often feel vulnerable, angry or distressed, and you’ll need to know how to respond.

However, your experience doesn't have to be shadowing a doctor or in a clinical setting.

Stay up to date

You also need to keep up-to-date with developments in healthcare through the press. You could start by looking at:

Is your current experience relevant enough?

If you gained related experience while at school, you’ll need to get more recent experience. This will reflect your continued dedication to the profession.

If your experience was overseas, you usually need to gain UK-based experience too.

You’ll need a good understanding of the NHS. This is particularly true for accelerated/graduate entry courses. It helps then, to get experience within the UK system.

More information

The following give more information on what is seen as relevant experience.

See our Healthcare page Gaining Experience section for more relevant opportunities.

Where to find experience