Medicine Work Experience: Hospital Work Experience

Tamsin Dyer

Tamsin Dyer

Senior Writer at Medic Mind

When conducting work experience, including hospital work experience, in medicine there are lots of different specialties you can observe. Shadowing a hospital doctor on the ward is a great opportunity to get an understanding of secondary care in the NHS. You’ll get an understanding of a patient’s journey and what brings a patient into hospital. You’ll see patients with chronic and acute problems (any maybe even a patients with a mixture of both!) and begin to understand how a doctor may deal with these. You’ll also gain an appreciation of other members of the multidisciplinary team including nurses, physios, radiographers and many more.

There are lots of different medical specialties. Each hospital will have different types of departments from which you might complete your hospital work experience in. An example of some ward-based specialities you might experience are:

  • Cardiology
  • Respiratory
  • Gastroenterology
  • Neurology
  • Geriatrics
  • Oncology
  • Acute Medicine
  • Renal
  • Paediatrics
  • Intensive Care
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Hospital work experience will expose you to many different types of patients and diagnoses

What can I expect from hospital work experience?

You’ll get to see first hand the day-to-day running of a ward. Some of the things you might see include:

  • Ward rounds – where you will meet patients and see how the doctors interact with inpatients
  • Clinics – you may get to see consultations with outpatients
  • Procedures – you might get to see specialist treatments and procedures being performed depending on which ward you’re based on
  • Results interpretation – medicine relies on a doctors ability to interpret test results to help them decide how to manage each patient, you might get to see doctors interpreting results such as ECGs and blood tests
  • Multidisciplinary meetings – these meetings include planning and also discussions of patients who have complex care needs. These meetings can be really interesting if you get the chance to attend. 
  • Management – you can also gain insight into the management of a hospital

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