You could be furthering your medical application from the comfort of your own home with remote virtual work experience and volunteering!
Below I’m going to explain what are, in my opinion, the best steps aspiring medical students could be taking right now to improve their prospects of successfully applying to medicine. For more advice on applying to medicine, check out this page.
Remote/ Virtual Work Experience
Due to the Corona Virus pandemic of 2020, many opportunities for work experience have vanished. However, there are now plenty of opportunities to gather experience to reflect on in your personal statement, gain insight into the NHS and keep yourself busy; and all you need is a computer!
BSMS have an amazing VR work experience course that you can sign up for right now. The course explores various medical specialities, scenarios and common challenges faced by young doctors. You’ll be awarded a certificate of completion once your’e done, and remember to keep notes that will allow you to reflect upon your experience once you start writing your personal statement
It can be really hard to understand the distinctions between primary and secondary care without gaining first hand experiencing of both. The Observe GP programme is a great video that provides valuable insight into general practice and primary care. I highly recommend this to anyone thinking of applying to a healthcare course!
This fantastic 4 week programme explains the intricacies of the national health service, current and future challenges facing the NHS, and how the health service connects behind the scenes. Again, this course would be invaluable to anyone applying to a healthcare course such as nursing, dentistry or physiotherapy.
This is a charity organisation that provides confidential companionship, advice, information and checkup calls to older adults. After a huge recruitment drive at the start of lock-down, they may not be looking for volunteers when you contact them. However, I suspect they will start looking for more volunteers once many people return to work.
Similar to Silver Lining, this is a free-to-use helpline that provides companionship phone calls to older adults.
Local Volunteering Opportunities
Almost every county and London Borough has a local volunteer pool that will be looking for logistical, administrative or remote volunteering. Head over to your own local council website to look for volunteering, or search ‘Covid Remote Volunteering Opportunities’ online.
It’s never too early to start preparing for the application directly
Here’s the top three things I would recommend aspiring medical students start doing Right Now to progress their application.
- Start planning you personal statement. You can view my guide to writing a personal statement here. Have a read, and start planning what will go in each section.
- Start revising for the UCAT. The UCAT is still due to take place in 2020, with some slight differences to other years because of the Corona virus crisis. Head over to my UCAT page, read all about the exam, and start practising!
- Start narrowing down which medical school’s you’ll apply to. There are over 30 fantastic UK medical schools to choose from, start narrowing down your selection based on course type, location, entry requirements and even research output to end up with a short list. Many universities will soon start offering remote virtual open days, so put those in your calendar!
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