In addition to high academic achievement, medical schools look for commitment, perseverance, initiative, originality, personal integrity, concern for others and the ability to communicate.
Applicants should demonstrate some understanding of what a career in medicine involves and their understanding of, and suitability for, a caring profession. Applicants may draw on relevant work experience, either paid or voluntary, in health or related areas, to demonstrate this understanding.
Medical schools recognise that practical experience in hospices and residential homes, or domestic caring responsibilities, is equally appropriate as work in a conventional healthcare setting such as a hospital or GP surgery. More important than the experience itself is the ability to demonstrate an understanding of the relevant skills and attributes the profession requires by reflecting upon and drawing on any experience you may have.