To add work experience and volunteering in PS you’d want to reflect on it so you’re showing how that experience taught you the realities of a career in medicine, made you realise you want to do medicine or made you realise that medicine is suited to you. You’d want to relate your experience to the skills required of a doctor: communication, team working, listening etc.

So for example you could say something like: “talking to the patients during my weekly hospice volunteering taught me the importance of compassion and empathy when dealing with patients.”

As you can see above I’ve mentioned the voluntary work I did, I’ve also mentioned what I learnt from it and I’ve shown the reader that I know that compassion and empathy are important qualities of a doctor.

You’d then want to go into that in a bit more depth and describe a specific scenario so in the above example I may go on to describe a specific patient I spoke to and what I learnt from that. In my Personal Statement Planner I take you through the writing process step-by-step helping you ton extract relevant experiences and write them in a similar way to the example I gave you. That should help you out – click here to check it out!

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