1-Week Hospital Work Experience in London for all students aged 16+
The United Kingdoms Capital city. Welcoming for visitors and home for many our students too, London is world famous for healthcare and medical schools. Work experience takes place in several different hospitals & universities during your stay and you'll visit and be lectured by med school admissions tutors, practicing doctors and current medical students. And there’s not a lot of med school applicants that can boast that kind of experience.
On your downtime there's so many things to do in London. A city steeped in tradition, where famous buildings such as Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament sit side by side with modern monuments, immaculate parks, stylish shops and delicious cafes.
Hospital work experience in London is an experience you won't forget.
What you’ll do.
Every day on your project is different and when all combined together, your week with us will make you a well rounded applicant with a huge amount of experience to successfully apply to medical school. The week is a combination of mainly practical work and occasional lectures at some of Londons premier hospitals and medical schools.
Where we’ll meet you.
Our staff team can collect you from either London Heathrow Airport, Kings Cross Railway station or you can choose to arrive direct at the accommodation. After you have enrolled on a project you’ll gain access to your Premed Portal webpage where you can read more extensive project notes and also let us know how you would like to meet up with the team.
Where you’ll live.
We want your stay with Premed Projects to be as enjoyable as possible. A huge part of the experience is sharing it with like-minded students and after a long day in the hospital or med school we want you to feel relaxed and at home.
Your accommodation is situated in North London, just 50 metres from the tube station making it an ideal location for you to explore London with us and gain easy access to all of the hospitals we’ll visit. We have ran projects at our accommodation for several years now and we find it an ideal base for the week.
All Premed Project accommodation is kitted out to ensure you have everything you need during your stay with us. On our London hospital shadowing programme we've simple but stylish accommodation awaiting you. You will share a single sex room with other students and there will be up to 32 students on the project with you too, making for a great atmosphere. All rooms are simply but comfortably furnished so you can be sure your free time outside your hospital placement is going to be every bit as enjoyable as your time spent within the hospitals.
Upstairs you'll find a cafe and chill out areas too, perfect for that UKCAT cramming. We have our very own common room full of board games, a projector and a range of movies .The popcorn's on us.
Every morning we’ll provide a continental buffet breakfast for you with fresh fruit, pastries, fresh juices, cereals and everything in-between. This is available from 07.30am each morning.
Each evening we'll take you to a different restaurant that we love, with choices ranging from Katsu curries, superfood salads, duck spring rolls, ravioli and more pizza choice than you can shake a stick at. If you have any dietary requirements we're more than happy to cater to these. We're very used to having students requiring halal food, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free choices so you'll find a suitable choice at every mealtime. When you're working during the week, you'll either eat in the doctors canteen if in a hospital, the student union if we're at med school that day or you’ll be given time to pop to a close by café.
There’s nothing worse than being away somewhere where the food isn’t up to scratch so we promise you’ll enjoy every mealtime with us.
Your Free time.
Just because your’e only with us for 1-week doesn’t mean there won’t be ample opportunity for you to explore London too. Each evening after our evening meal you’ll usually have a couple of hours free time before we need you back at the accommodation for 9pm. Students can either join the project leaders or if in groups, are welcome to visit Covent Garden, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square or anywhere else that London is famous for and that takes your fancy.
Your staff team.
On our London projects we have an extensive staff team on hand 24/7 to make sure you have everything you need and to keep you comfortable and safe.
The UK team is headed up by the lovely Annie. There will be several project leaders taking care of you throughout the project as well as a dedicated night manager who is on site all evening. Additionally, there is 24-hour security and CCTV at the accommodation, so you really are well looked after. Don’t worry though, we won’t cramp your style too much and you will have lots of time to socialise with your fellow students, but it’s good to know wherever you turn there’s sure to be someone on hand to make sure you have a safe, stress free experience. It’s our aim to allow you to concentrate on your hospital work experience while we take care of the rest. Anyway, we like to think we’re a pretty cool bunch!
Your exact timetable will be sent out to you around 2-weeks before your project begins. Here’s a sample below to give you an idea of how your week with us will look.
Sunday – We’ll either collect you from London Heathrow airport or from Kings Cross railway station or your’e welcome to arrive direct at the accommodation, your choice. We’ll give you a few hours to settle in and show you to your room where you can get to know your fellow students. at 6:30pm we’ll have our welcome briefing. During the briefing we will talk you through everything you need to know from meal times to curfews and the all-important Wi-Fi password. Then it’s time for our first family feast!
Monday - Your first day is centered around applications and interviews for medical school. The day is ran by doctors and medical students who go through everything you could possibly need to know about the application process. Covering the medicine personal statement, UKCAT and BMAT as well as that all import med school interview, you’ll finish today armed with everything you need to make a successful application to med school. We’ll also cover how to use the practical experience you’ll gain for the rest of the week to best affect in your applications.
Tuesday - Today you’ll be a doctor. Rotating around several stations at a central London hospital, you’ll gain experience in taking patient notes, X ray interpretation, venipuncture and suturing amongst other skills. The day is led by current practising doctors and is a wonderful opportunity to really get stuck in and see if you have what it takes to be a doctor.
Wednesday - Attending another world class hospital today, you’ll have a unique opportunity to have access that no other med school applicant can, with hands on experience in a London hospital this time focused on Neurology. In the afternoon you will be able to participate in a super exciting practical session which is otherwise reserved for a very small amount of the university’s current medical students. We promise today will be an experience you’ll never forget.
Thursday - The first step to saving lives is to become a qualified first aider! At the end of today you will be certified for three years through training at a university in central London (that looks pretty good on your personal statement!).
Friday - You will learn all about palliative care today with some hands-on work experience spending the day with nurses and GP’s in a private nursing home & hospice situated in East London.
Saturday – It’s time to say goodbye. We’ll arrange your transfers to Heathrow, or escort you to Kings Cross station to make sure you get home safely, or you are welcome to be collected from the accommodation and just like that you’ve had an action packed week exploring medicine, armed with all the knowledge you need to gain a place at med school, with a tonne of experience to back it up too.
When you can go.
Our London 1-week Hospital work experience takes place during October and February half term holidays and during the summer holidays, you can see all the dates by visiting this page of the website.
How to enrol. What’s the cost?
Simply visit Apply Now and you can enrol for your chosen dates. All of our projects are on a first come first served basis, we have 32 spaces per project.
The project fee for the week is £1640 in total, it’s £290 to book your place and then remaining balance can be spread over 3 or 6 monthly payments. Once you have enroled we’ll just check a few details then we’ll email you with your Premed Portal webpage details where you log in and start to plan your placement with us.